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Kyrie Irving out tomorrow

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The Cavs biggest weapon, stud point guard Kyrie Irving, won't play tomorrow against the Nets.

Irving injured his left knee on a transition play in Tuesday's loss against the Indiana Pacers.

Irving won't even travel with the team to Brooklyn to suit up. He is averaging 22.2 points and 6 assists this season.

 

The debate is an old and tired one: If you could have any player taking the last shot for you in an NBA game who would it be?

LeBron?

Kobe?

Melo?

All nice choices. Except for the fact that there is a player who has proven time and again to be significantly more clutch than them in recent memory.

We all know who it is.

Jason Pratt of SB Nation (aided by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post) had a post today that compared Joe Johnson's numbers to those of other clutch players in the league. And Joe Cool's were significantly better.

It's definitely worth a read. I'm not sure if Joe is out of his slump yet, but he's proven to be the guy you want taking the final shot, whether is he fiery hot or ice cold.

 

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In my family, whenever someone brags about something that is in any way complaining, we say, "Would you like a cookie?"

It's a terrible joke that is baked (pun intended) in sarcasm. And the response is usually a flat ha-ha.

The reason why I tell you this is because I would like to say, before I tell this story, that I would like a cookie. I deserve one.

I recently took a job as the sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Ithaca. I just moved into to my new apartment yesterday, and learned last night that I wouldn't have internet or cable until next week. Knowing I had an assignment to cover this game, I was left in a predicament as to where I could go to stream, grade and recap.

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Mason Plumlee CENTER

Brought his usual energy, but he really shot a 1-3 because of his involvement in botched alley-oops.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

The stats look really bad, and he was really bad for 3.5 quarters. He couldn't shoot and was the mayor of Turnover City. But then halfway through the 4th quarter happened and he and D-Will brought the Nets back. As well, Pierce looked like he cared and tried really hard. This was what we wanted.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Oh boy. It was a Shaun Livingston hate-fest on Twitter and it was all warranted. He was awful. His shot attempts are automatic Thunder points.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

For his limited minutes, he showed why he's missed. Played great D, displayed his athleticism and shot very well.

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

I wrote all this before his last shot with 13 seconds left: "Almost as if he admitted his shooting woes continue, KG took two shots and played pretty good defense. I didn't get sad watching him (except for that Ibaka block) so that's something."

And then that play happened.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Had a few big shots, but his defense left much to be desired.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

He was really frustrating at times, and that has to be taken into consideration. But, in quarters one, three and four, he played the best basketball of his season. He put up his season high in points, steals and three-pointers and hit a crazy clutch three with 2:39 left.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

I DELETED EVERYTHING I WROTE THAT WAS NEGATIVE AND MEAN AND QUESTIONABLE ABOUT JOE JOHNSON BECAUSE HE HIT THE GAME-WINNER TO BEAT THE THUNDER AT HOME JOE COOL YOU ARE MORE COLD-BLOODED THAN KOBE AND MORE CLUTCH THAN LEBRON

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Had a huge foul on Durant to give KD five fouls, but then air balled the free throw he earned. So, an A play and an F play gives you a...

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

I don't remember him playing.


 

The Nets and Heat will wear jerseys with nicknames on the back for their game on January 10, and today, Slam Magazine has released a few of the images.

A few of the Nets jerseys are as follows:

And for the Heat:

For the Nets, the D-Will and Truth ones were no-brainers. Kirilenko's is so cool with the Russian spelling of his name.

I got really sad in realizing that we'll never see Brook Lopez's "Brooklyn on the front, Brooklyn on the back" jersey.

 

Well, it finally happened.

Kevin Garnett spoke with reporters today and admitted that he isn't sure what his role is in the Nets offense.

The Nets beat writers recorded the exchange on Twitter. The Daily News' Stefan Bondy presented the quotes as follows:

Obviously, this is getting bad. These "I don't know my role" quotes have haunted the Nets these last two years. Gerald Wallace famously said it after game 80 last season. Nine games later, their season was over.

For KG, a guy who was brought in to lead and "intensify" this roster, to not know where he fits is very troubling.

Andrei Kirlenko listed as probable

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Per Brooklyn Nets PR, Andrei Kirilenko is listed as probable to play tonight against the Spurs. Kirilenko has been out since Nov. 8 with back spasms.

Tyshawn Taylor is also listed as out with a mild haram string sprain.

Update: Kirilenko is a go and will play 10-12 minutes at SF.

Stan Van Gundy is not impressed

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Stan Van Gundy, former coach of the Orlando Magic, had some choice words on the Brooklyn Nets.

Van Gundy said:

“I think with all the injuries it’s been hard to evaluate Jason Kidd. It’s been easy to jump on him not just because of the record, but the things coming out of their locker room, the situation with Lawrence Frank, the incident of spilling the drink on the floor. I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don’t play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don’t know. And now they are not they are not going to be healthy all year…

Van Gundy certainly has a point, but let's hope the ship can turn quickly.

 

- Hip hop artist Marco Polo talks about his collaboration the Brooklyn Nets, and recording the teams theme song.

- Forbes writer Mark Heisler begs the question: Where is Mikhail Prokhorov?

- Rob Chimelis from The Republican writes what we are all thinking: What a sad going away party for KG and Pierce.

- Billy Joel will headline a New Years Eve concert at the Barclays Center.

- Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz reflects on the construction of the Barclays Center.

This season needs a rewrite

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

A new era. (AP)

A new era. (AP)

After writing my post Sunday afternoon, I was able to clear my head in the form of a long drive in terrible weather.


Saturday’s game stuck with me, but I don’t really know why. It was another blowout loss to a better team, another eye-rolling performance from virtually everyone on the floor. Maybe it’s just starting to hit me that this team probably isn’t going to turn around, and seeing that complete number––10-20––pop on screen caused me to rethink what I thought I knew about pro basketball.

So after my long drive through snow and slush, I sat down and reread what I wrote on the game, and I’ll admit, I left some thoughts incomplete. Let’s talk.

I know that hindsight is 20/20, but I know that Jason Kidd was not the right choice of a coach for this team. I know now that coaching is way harder than we thought it was. But at the same time, I know exactly why they hired him and I know that nobody was going to bat an eye when it happened. I know that as a fan who grew up loving Jason Kidd more than any other basketball player, how could I question his return?

Let’s get some things out of the way first. I’ll repeat: hindsight is 20/20. I loved the Kidd signing when it happened, and everyone did. I’m guilty of it, you’re all guilty of it. And before any of you say anything about how you hated it, just read the comments on the NetsDaily post when it happened. We all loved it.

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Terrence Williams, who The Brooklyn Game previously reported may be signing with the Springfield Armor, has signed a deal with the Lakers affiliate, L.A. D-Fenders.

Williams, of course, was drafted by the Nets in 2009, and has been a bust for several teams, including the Lakers and Celtics.

The signing would have been a return to the franchise, who was involved in a three-way trade with the Lakers and Rockets in 2010.

Kirilenko might play tomorrow

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Andrei Kirilenko always a fan of breaking stories on Instagram, is saying that he might play tomorrow, depending on how practice goes.

It was previously reported that he would not make the trip. Or he might if he practiced well. The Nets need him back soon, and this news seems promising.