Nets wrap up March against the Pistons

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Opponent: Detroit Pistons Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880AM The Brooklyn Nets have played their best basketball in the month of March posting a 7-9 record. The Nets will try to add to its own version of March Madness with their eighth win of the […]

Nets return home against Knicks on Biggie night

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Resolution: Get a bionic hamstring


by Ben Nadeau


It goes without saying, but there were incredibly high hopes for the Jeremy Lin era in Brooklyn -- and, up until now, it's been a false start. Over his seven-year career, Lin has been a very healthy athlete, even playing in all 82 games during the 2012-2013 season. What's most unfortunate, however, is that the Nets border on a forever-burning dumpster fire without Lin on the court. 


Lin is not a world-beater, nor will he ever put up a line like Russell Westbrook's assault on the triple-double record books, but he is the most important cog the Nets have had in years, considering the dried husks of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Kevin Garnett that they hauled around in recent seasons. 


With the ball in Lin's hands, the Nets have moments of electric bliss, but Atkinson's right-hand man's left-leg hamstring has really thrown a wrench into the operation. While on the court, Lin's  three-point shooting has provided another element that Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie cannot provide yet -- without him, they're borderline hopeless at points over a 48-minute contest.


This season is wasted in terms of wins and losses, but the sooner he can return, fully healthy, the quicker the rest of the organization can evaluate the moving parts around him.


Get well soon, Jeremy.

Opponent: New York Knicks Time: 6:00 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The battle of New York. In what was a meaningful game just a few seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks both find themselves out of the playoff picture this season. Although the game doesn’t […]

Nets riding high before showdown against the Atlanta Hawks

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Time: 7:30 PM Location: Phillips Arena Watch: YES Network Listen:: 660 AM, 101.9 FM How about those Nets?! The Nets dropped 122 points on the Memphis Grizzlies in a 122-109 victory Monday in game six of their eight-game road trip. That was an example of what could’ve been this season with a healthy Jeremy Lin […]

Well, this is going to happen, right? Nets against Warriors is inevitable

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Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Oracle Arena Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660 AM/ 101.9 FM One team sits at 9-48, while the other stands with the best record in the NBA at 48-9. Still, the game must be played. The Nets are coming off a horrid 129-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets last night. […]

Before the Super Bowl, catch the Nets in a divisional matinee against the Raptors

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Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time : 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN It’s funny how so close can seem so far… The Brooklyn Nets have led in the fourth quarters of both of its previous games to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, but, of course, both ended with the […]

Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse?

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Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse? The Brooklyn Nets lost their eighth-straight game Thursday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-95, despite playing without Anthony Davis. The Pelicans finished the game on a 13-1 run and outscored the Nets, 31-16, in the fourth quarter as the Nets scored just one point in the final 3:35. Things […]

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight

1. Joe Johnson (3 seasons, 231 games) Joe Johnson has been close to very good, and for the Brooklyn Nets, that’s enough to be the best. Throughout injuries and moping and 141 wins and low-impact playoff runs and four coaches and general disappointment, Joe has been the main reason that it’s not that bad here. While his stats have been as pedestrian as his name­—15.5 points on 43% shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals per game—he has been the closest thing to a superstar the Brooklyn Nets have had for the most cumulative minutes. Deron Williams had a few games, Brook Lopez had a few games, Paul Pierce had his moments, Andray Blatche a few quarters. But Joe Johnson looked the part more often than anyone else. He was the most important player in the Brooklyn Nets' only playoff series win to date, where he beat up on Toronto's young wings like an older brother dominating pool basketball on a summer afternoon. He had the stretch of games in January 2014, starting with the OKC nail-biter that kickstarted Jason Kidd’s redemption run and prevented that second season from becoming too much of a disaster. In general, preventing the Nets from completely falling off has been Joe Jesus' main role. And for the most part, he's succeeded. The Brooklyn Nets are the Large Hadron Collider. I’m not sure what their purpose is, but the people involved claim they are important, and catastrophe always seems imminent. But Joe has been standing by, making sure every decimal point is in the right spot and everyone is wearing their safety goggles. Joe also hit a bunch of clutch shots after arriving in Brooklyn, cementing himself as the guy who kept getting the ball at the end of games. This is surely an anachronistic way to measure achievement (and a fairly nihilistic long-term strategy on the court), but it also says something positive about how the team has perceived Joe's talent and nerves. The guy who keeps getting asked to take the most important shots at the end of games is some sort of superlative, whatever that may be. While not the most advanced way of thinking, this gives Joe some "I know it when I see it" level of superstardom. And with the Brooklyn Nets' lack of actual superstardom, degrees matter. Spiritually, Joe Johnson has been the Nets true mascot—even before the Nets shipped the BrooklyKnight off to the big practice gymnasium in the sky. Coming to the Nets, Joe was couched in a stratospheric contract, six All-Star appearances and the promise of being the second half of a blue chip backcourt. This pedigree positioned him as a gaudy piece of Brooklyn's business model, but Joe ain’t gaudy. Despite his garish contract and any brash claims made by the Nets, Joe has been nothing but an efficient, consistent, blue-collar employee of the Brooklyn franchise. And this has been enough to make him the best player in Brooklyn franchise history. -Andrew Gnerre

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight Joe Johnson, who spent the better part of four seasons in black and white, will return to the Barclays Center for the first time as a member of the Utah Jazz. In a classy move, the Brooklyn Nets will honor Johnson with a sweet video […]

Happy Birthday, Kenyon Martin!

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Happy Birthday to Kenyon Martin, 39, who stands as one of the most exciting players in New Jersey Nets franchise history. Martin was the no. 1 overall pick by the Nets out of the University of Cincinnati in the 2000 NBA Draft and is the reason why many Nets fans are fans today — including […]

Nets must face James, Irving, and Love before Christmastime traditions

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Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Time: 7:30PM EST Location: Quicken Loans Arena Watch:YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM Can the Brooklyn Nets give supporters an early Christmas gift? The Nets will be facing the reigning NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in the second game of back-to-back after facing the Golden State Warriors last night in Brooklyn. Not exactly a recipe […]

Jeremy Lin returns as Nets battle James Harden and the Houston Rockets

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Opponent: Houston Rockets Time: 8:00 PM EST Location: Toyota Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM He’s back! It’s not quite Michael Jordan wearing number 45 on his back but the Brooklyn Nets key free agent signing has returned. Point guard Jeremy Lin will play tonight against the 17-7 Houston Rockets, which should be […]

Nets take on Wizards, Caris LeVert to make his NBA debut

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM This could be a big day for Brooklyn Nets fans — and, perhaps surprisingly, it has nothing to do with wins or losses tonight. Later on, of course, the Nets will find out if the Houston Rockets will match […]