Well, it's good to know there's a floor on this thing.
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Well, it's good to know there's a floor on this thing.
Hit a shot outside of 15 feet, so that's new. Returned to the starting lineup but it's clear that the Nets are limiting his minutes.
Played with more defensive intensity than usual (man, I never expected to say that about Kevin Garnett), but he couldn't hit the third rail if he laid on the subway track.
Has some great potential as a "3 and D" guy as long as he's not the one that has to facilitate any offense. Let him run around screens, get to the corners, cut to the basket, get open shots, and defend the opponent's best or second-best scorer in all sorts of lineups. There's potential there. But, and I can't stress this enough, don't let him facilitate.
Took some ill-advised shots in the third quarter (making one), but the Nets didn't really use him as their primary facilitator until late in the game tonight, electing instead to give the ball to Lopez and float Johnson over to the weak side. (Not coincidentally, Johnson hit his only two three-pointers off cross-court feeds from Lopez.) In the fourth, Johnson took over playmaking duties, finding Lopez for an easy dunk and Garnett for a midrange jumper on back-to-back possessions to bolster the lead, and hitting the dagger jumper with under a minute left.
Dominated the first three quarters when no one else could find the bucket, scoring in the post and on cuts. More impressively, he threw a couple of really nice passes, including the two aforementioned cross-court finds for Joe Johnson for open 3's and a dump-down to Kevin Garnett at the rim that could've been two points had Garnett caught it cleanly and Garnett wasn't shooting 46 percent in the restricted area. Yes, Zaza Pachulia and Larry Sanders are sidelined and John Henson's built like a stop sign, but give him credit for taking advantage.
He really, really wants to score. Sometimes, it works.
Got the call over Mason Plumlee as the team's backup center and played decently, even hitting a few shots near the rim and drawing a shooting foul. But he's not rebounding nearly as well as last year.
He plays at 70 miles per hour while his mind runs at 55. You can see him excited to burst into lanes and hit open teammates, but he's just ever-so-slightly out of control.
His made threes are pretty and he does a more decent job defensively than you might expect but not a serious impact.
On the latest episode of #BKConnect, Rod Boone, Chris Shearn, and myself discuss Jason Kidd's decision to dismiss Lawrence Frank, the emergence of Mirza "Fearza" Teletovic, and whether or not Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce can coexist when Pierce returns from his broken hand injury. Mostly watch it for my impeccable fashion sense and shaving strategy.
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In Milwaukee, the Brooklyn Nets look to steal a win from the Milwaukee Bucks and avoid tying them for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Early, Brook Lopez made a statement, and that statement was in reverse one-handed Brookie Monster form. Lopez took Udoh baseline and threw down a man's jam in Udoh's face to give the Nets an early lead in the first quarter.
Bonus: listen to Donny Marshall get excited. He's got a great excited whoop.
Starting Lineup: Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez.
Injury Report: Deron Williams (ankle), Paul Pierce (hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back), and Jason Terry (knee) have all been ruled out.
When & Where: 8:30 P.M. EST, Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Watch: YES Network (Pregame at 8 P.M.)
Listen: CBS 880 AM
A scout from the Eastern Conference spoke with Marc Stein of ESPN, telling him the same thing Joe Johnson said after Thursday night's loss to the New York Knicks: the team lacks a real identity.
Here's the full transcript of what the scout told Stein:
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The Nets made colossal moves this summer expected to alter the Eastern Conference landscape, acquiring future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics and transforming their lineup into a potential championship contender.
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The Brooklyn Nets will be without Deron Williams (ankle), Paul Pierce (hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back), and Jason Terry (knee) once again for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced today.
Pierce and Williams were expected out -- Pierce will miss the next 1-3 weeks as he rehabilitates a broken bone in his hand, and Nets GM Billy King said Williams was hoping to be back Tuesday for the team's home game against the Boston Celtics. Williams hasn't played a full game with the Nets in nearly a month. Terry's earliest return date was tonight, but he'll be re-evaluated Monday. Kirilenko, fighting the worst back spasms of his career, currently has no timetable.
The Nets are reeling right now, which in some twisted way, may signify how important Williams is to the team's success.
The Brooklyn Nets travel tonight to Milwaukee to face the only team perhaps more broken than them in the Eastern Conference: the 4-15 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks enter tonight with the league's worst offense, and their best player (Larry Sanders) sidelined after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. They're led instead by guard O.J. Mayo, who's averaging 14.9 points in 31.4 minutes per game on 41.3 percent shooting.
The Bucks are one of the league's worst teams at converting high-percentage shots. They're shooting 55.1 percent on shots in the restricted area, second-worst in the NBA, and have shot the second-fewest corner three-point attempts in the league. Mayo is front and center there: the team's leading scorer has shot a putrid 45.6 percent from within five feet, well below the league average.
But it's not the inside the Nets should worry about, particularly given their poor perimeter defense as of late. The Bucks have three rotation players (Khris Middleton, Mayo, Gary Neal) shooting over 40 percent from three-point range,
They also employ rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, and his giant hands:
It's been a difficult road as of late for these Brooklyn Nets, who fell to 5-14 after a crushing 113-83 loss to their cross-borough rival New York Knicks in their home building. Chants of "Garnett Sucks!" and "Let's Go Knicks!" peppered throughout the building, and when PA announcer David Diamante implored the crowd to stand up, he was met with a chorus of boos from the split crowd.
The Knicks loss was the second straight for Brooklyn, their sixth straight at home, and their ninth in the last eleven games. They'll be without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry once again. Their lineup is depleted, their offense lacks identity, and their defense is broken. The Nets are hurtling towards rock bottom faster than gravity allows.
But the Milwaukee Bucks, on the second half of a back-to-back following an overtime game, may be just the medicine for their struggles.
On the latest episode of #BKConnect, YES Network's Chris Shearn, Newsday's Rod Boone, and I discuss the team's third-quarter woes, whether or not Deron Williams will ever be fully healthy again, and break down the play of the month, Joe Johnson's game-winning floater in overtime against the Phoenix Suns.
The next episode of #BKConnect airs during tomorrow night's pregame show on YES Network at 8 P.M. To submit questions or comments, hit up YES Network on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, using the hashtag #BKConnect.