The Devils (2--8 in their last 10) and the Nets (9--25 overall) both sat in last place in their respective divisions, seemingly finding new ways to lose each night. In last Saturday's 6--3 loss to the Hurricanes, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was yanked after allowing three goals in just eight minutes—the earliest hook of his career.
OFFENSE: WHO NEEDS IT?
For the first time in 51 years the Packers scored 10 points or fewer against the Bears at Lambeau Field and still won, while in Kansas City the Chiefs put up just 10 points in a loss to the Raiders. But wouldn't you know it, both teams are playoff bound.
Each of the five Big Ten schools who played in New Year's Day bowl games lost (total score: 204--102). And the remaining bowler, Ohio State, had only Tuesday's Sugar Bowl against Arkansas to look forward to before five of its players start five-game suspensions in 2011.
Kobe Bryant's 28-point effort on Sunday against the Grizzlies wasn't enough as L.A. fell 104--85 for its fourth loss in six games. Coach Phil Jackson said Bryant "screwed up the game by going one-on-one," to which Bryant responded, "I'm not buying any of that Zen bull----."