The Trail Blazers eventually ended up with the sixth pick, taking likely Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, making the trade seem somewhat uglier in hindsight. Marc Stein, in his always-informative weekend Dime, notes that since Lillard is a point guard, the Nets wouldn't have taken him sixth, but would've gone in a different direction:... MORE →
Shengelia finished last night's Armor game with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists; Taylor finished with 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. The Armor lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 121-106.
To celebrate a bit of Nets history, we at The Brooklyn Game decided to take a look at who we thought were the 30 best Nets of all time. Two current players made the list (you can guess who), but other than that we reached back through ABA and NBA history to remember Nets greats.
However, like any subjective list, there's always room for debate. Here's three questions we had to answer.
1. NetsRank: Who's Overrated?
- Justin DeFeo: Something about living through the "Devin Harris Era" and seeing him at #22 strikes me as peculiar. Harris is a nice player, no doubt, and he was in the precarious position of having to follow in the footsteps of a future Hall of Famer, but I was never sold on Harris the point guard and felt his years in New Jersey were lacking impact. ... MORE →
Goddamn he looks good again. Clowning ballhandling moves, keeping Brian Roberts on a string, scoring through contact... I want platelet-rich plasma on every part of my body. Now let's get a dunk, yes?
Had two nice dunks (one an and-one on Anthony Davis, the other off a gorgeous Andray Blatche feed) and some good defensive possessions on Eric Gordon but also continued his maddening layup slump.
Brook Lopez did a lot of good things tonight to end with an efficient 26 points, but holy crap did he posterize his twin brother and at this point that's all you really need to know.
Andray Blatche is the dumbest genius on the planet. He's the moron of Mensa, awarded the MacAndray Genius Grant for basketball absurdism. The things he does offensively often make no logical sense, and yet they work. He makes terrible decisions, pigeonholes himself as the offense, gets tunnel vision like a horse with blinders, shoots off-balance fadeaways over seven-footers, and makes them. He has no lift and blocks shots. I don't get Andray Blatche, and I don't think I ever will. But when it works -- like in the second quarter, when he ate midrange jumpers like candy and sliced inside for a nice dunk around Anthony Davis, or in the fourth quarter when he found Gerald Wallace with a picture-perfect big man feed. I don't pretend to understand how what he does works, but when it does, I'm just glad it does.
Had some really nice moments in both halves en route to a highly efficient scoring night. One of his better offensive games this season.
Good night of Reggie, though it's maddening to see him on the floor when he clearly has isues guarding long 4's like Anthony Davis. Blatche & Lopez didn't share the floor until the fourth quarter when there was a perfect time for it in the second.
Quiet game from Quiet Storm, even in a starting role, but outside of a bad travel call I don't think he did much to hurt the team on either side of the floor, and neutral beats bad.
I don't care what happens for the rest of this Brooklyn Nets-New Orleans Hornets game. I almost don't care who wins. Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez threw down a one-hand jam in his twin brother Robin Lopez's face and there was nothing Robin Lopez could do. It's amazing. I could watch this a million times.
Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace gets the steal, drives for the dunk, and puts it down even as he gets fouled by Anthony Davis. Wallace hit the free throw to complete the and-one. Watch:
MarShon Brooks gets fancy, crossing up Eric Gordon (though admittedly, Gordon only fell because Brooks stepped on his foot), and then lays in a slick layup under Robin Lopez's arm. Some nice first-half minutes for Brooks. Watch:
For a second, I thought Deron Williams was going to put down his first dunk of the season. Brook Lopez got a nice stuff on a dunk attempt by new New Orleans Hornets forward Lou Amundason, got the ball to Deron Williams, and D-Will drove coast-to-coast for a layup. Watch:
We've had a lot of examples of this already sine the All-Star break, but here's another fun example that platelet-rich plasma treatment, combined with a detoxifying juice cleanse, works. Deron Williams shakes, bakes, and drains a 3. Watch:
Grade the Game At Any Time!
Tonight: The 22-42 New Orleans Hornets, complete with Brook Lopez's twin brother Robin, come to Barclays Center for the first and only time this season to face the 37-27 Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are playing their fourth game in five nights, most recently an embarrassing loss to the freefalling Philadelphia 76ers, and will have four days of rest after tonight's game. The Hornets most recently beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-96 at home on Sunday.
The BK Game Streak: Today marks game 12 of "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak of wins along the betting line over the course of the season. Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the year, with first prize a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Log in with Facebook to get started, vote in the box above, and good luck!
Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian "The Birdman" Eagle and Jim "Jimmy Sparkles" Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →
So, you may or may not remember that I did the most ridiculous thing I've done on this site last week; after a lengthy discussion on Twitter, I wrote up a deep comparison casting different members of the Brooklyn Nets as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was an incredibly important addition to basketball's analytical canon, particularly so soon after the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
As it turns out, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles found my post somehow, presumably while looking up the hottest Brooklyn Nets news & analysis they could find (I mean, Raphael is spiritually from Brooklyn), and they decided to send me a surprise thank you package, which, by the way, is the greatest gift I've ever received... MORE →