TORONTO - The pressure is building in Brooklyn, where a record payroll was supposed to result in a juggernaut of a squad.
Instead the Nets stumble into Toronto at 3-10 heading into Tuesday’s tilt with a Raptors team that leads the division for the first time since 2006-07, when the then-New Jersey Nets upset the favoured Raptors in the playoffs.
Forget the pre-season title talk, just getting to the playoffs now will be a challenge for the Nets. It likely will take at least 36 wins and that would entail a 33-36 finish from here, doable, considering the talent on hand, but said talent has to be in the lineup for it to happen.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, the inside-out, vital franchise cogs, both didn’t make the trip to Toronto. Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry are doubtful and Shaun Livingston questionable.