The Nets' Season Ends, but They're Just Getting Started

In the first dozen games of this season it looked as if Caris LeVert, a first-round pick in 2016, could be emerging as the team’s long-awaited star, and then a devastating ankle injury sidelined him for three months .

The fall from grace in Los Angeles had been swift for D’Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, who went from being hailed as part of the Lakers’ young core to being sent to Brooklyn in June 2017 to facilitate a salary dump and to clear a spot for the team’s latest addition, Lonzo Ball.

In a series that had grown testy because of physical play between Embiid and the Nets’ Jarrett Allen — as well as some poorly received comments about the Sixers’ Ben Simmons from Jared Dudley — Marks’s severe breach of protocol sent a message to his players.

(In the final two minutes of Game 5, the series regained some of its feistiness, with shoving matches after a foul by the Sixers’ Jonah Bolden on Rodions Kurucs.

Marks has not addressed the specifics of what went on between himself and the officials, but it is likely that he was taking exception to a play in the final seconds of Game 4 in which Philadelphia’s Harris smothered Allen, forcing him to turn the ball over, which sealed the Nets’ loss.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B11 of the New York edition with the headline: For Young Nets, a Season to Remember Ends With a Night to Forget.

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