Optimism around the Nets has been hard to come by. The feeling appeared — unexpectedly and ever so briefly — in an energetic spurt in the second quarter of their season-opening game Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls, when they somehow trimmed a sizable deficit to 3 points.
It popped up again with about four minutes to go in the fourth, when the Bulls’ lead shrank momentarily to 6 points. But again, as quickly as the feeling came, it was gone.
Things may go this way this season for the Nets — grasping at wispy, ephemeral strands of positivity — as they go forth shrouded in low expectations. In an early display of mediocrity, they lost, 115-100, to the Bulls at Barclays Center.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Coach Lionel Hollins said. “We showed some good things, but not enough consistency with…