By Elizabeth Swinton
Update: Kyrie Irving met with reporters today and is hoping to return next week.
The new year has not been kind to the Nets, and the misfortune may get worse during a season already in limbo.
While the undermanned Brooklyn squad had stayed afloat this season without top stars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Caris LeVert, the winning formula has gone awry. After starting the season 16-13, the Nets have lost seven straight games since Dec. 26, allowing an average of 111.4 points while scoring just 100.0 in that span.
Brooklyn had hoped to feel some relief when LeVert returned to the roster Jan. 4 after his seven-week recovery from thumb surgery, but his availability is still limited. From LeVert sitting out full games to overtime periods in the last week, the Nets are taking it easy in bringing him back to full power.