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Drazen Petrovic

1992-1993 Stats: 70 GP, 38.0 MPG, 22.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 51.8 FG%, 44.9 3P%, 87.0 FT%
1992-1993 Advanced: 60.5 TS%, 55.1 eFG%, 17.8 PER, 116 ORtg, 109 DRtg, 8.4 WS
All-Star Team? No
Team: 43-39, lost in first round to Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2)
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I was pretty panicked about the state of the Nets a year ago. And I still contend I had every reason to feel that way. The superstar defensive stalwart center the team had been chasing all year had just opted to finish the season in Orlando while indulging in a bowl of his “favorite candies” (I think at this point, it’s become a prerequisite for every rant of mine to mention Dwight Howard ACTUALLY being bribed by candy to waive his opt-out clause – good luck with this clown LA). On the same day, the Nets traded their lottery pick (with minimum protections) for a month-long rental of a nearly 30-year-old player who’s nickname was “Crash” based on his reckless, bone-crunching style of play. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez were expected to become free agents – unrestricted and restricted respectfully. And the team’s best player under contract going into the following season was a toss-up between a one-dimensional gunner (Anthony Morrow), or an all-offense, no-defense rookie who had lost the confidence of his coaching staff (MarShon Brooks).
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Since Devin handed me the keys to the TBG car today, you all had to expect a Ginocchio trademark “rant” after tonight’s game. In other words if you came here for more intellectual statistical analysis, you’re going to be disappointed.

For one, it’s difficult to be too intellectual over another Brooklyn Nets loss that resembles so many others than preceded it. Another third quarter collapse that saw a struggling Mavericks team that’s more or less playing out the rest of its season right now open up a 20 point lead against the Nets. A stagnant offense that produced 19 turnovers, including an unsightly 7 from Deron Williams. And another set of random rotations from head coach PJ Carlesimo (though it’s hard to kill the coach when the entire team takes the third quarter off).
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P.J. Carlesimo COACH

Maybe took too long to go to Mizra Teletovic (again), but hard to blame the coach when the players routinely takes entire quarters of basketball off.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

The 17 first half points were nice, but the 7 turnovers were killers. Reminiscent of 2011-12 DWill. Carried the load offensively, but at the expense of ball control.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Looked rusty. Started to find his stroke after the first quarter, but disappeared for stretches and was on the bench in crunch time.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

The guy who used to stuff a stat sheet finished with 7 points and 3 rebounds. I think Nets fans would gladly take the guy who came over for the stretch run over the player currently impersonating Gerald Wallace.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Grabbed some rebounds early (6) but failed to distinguish himself again and Mizra was the PF of choice down the stretch.

Brook Lopez CENTER

There's still something "off" with Brook since the ASG, but a solid night where he flirted with a double-double (19 points, 9 rebounds).

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

:::In falsetto singing voice::: "Roller Coastah! Of Dray!" Second quarter scoring barrage interspersed with some boneheaded turnovers and missed defensive assignments.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

Was in the crunch time rotation, but only had 3 points to show for it. Missed a trey off a pretty feed from Mizra in the fourth quarter that would have blown the lid off the Barclays if it had gone in.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

11 rebounds, two missed shots at the rim. Might be the only player in the NBA who's rebounding rate % exceeds his shooting percentage.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Was a spark in the fourth quarter run that almost brought the Nets all the way back, and more importantly, looked like he belonged and wasn't a liability down the stretch. But does Mizra = page views? Important members of the 4th estate need to know!

C.J. Watson POINT GUARD

Also helped to fuel the fourth quarter comeback attempt and played some key minutes for the rusty Joe Johnson down the stretch.


Brook Lopez Playing Big

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by Mark Ginocchio Comments

 

What Reggie Evans misses, Lopez cleans up on the glass.

 

Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez run a fast break on the Mavericks in the first quarter ending with a "man's jam" from Lopez.

 

Grade the Game at any time!

The Nets (34-24) return to the Barclays Center tonight to take on the struggling Dallas Mavericks (25-32). The Mavs, who were reportedly interested in signing Dallas-native Deron Williams as a free agent last summer, are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and look increasingly likely to miss the playoffs this spring for the first time in 12 seasons. Brooklyn fans will also get their first look tonight at former-Net Vince Carter, who is having a respectable "twilight of his career" type season, and former Jersey favorite Anthony Morrow, who the Mavericks recently acquired from the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline.

Joining us for a little pre-game banter is Kirk Henderson from the Mavericks blog The Two Man Game. Kirk will talk a little bit about the team's struggles this season, as well as the team's aborted pursuit of DWill and its relationship from now ex-Nets coach Avery Johnson:

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My Dinner With Andray

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Mark Ginocchio Comments

 

Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche (AP)

MY DINNER WITH ANDRAY

Copyright 2013

ANDRAY BLATCHE
MARK GINOCCHIO

in a film presented by
THE BROOKLYN GAME

[Mark Ginocchio is walking along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. On the right is the Atlantic Terminal mall and across the street is the Barclays Arena. We hear his voice commenting the action, as a narrator would. This narrating voice will be labeled MARK’S NARRATION to distinguish it from Mark’s actual words within the story]

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Brook LopezI’ll admit I was once a non-believer. A little less than a decade ago after reading Michael Lewis’ Moneyball and watching the 2003 Boston Red Sox –- with noted statistician Bill James as part of their front office team -– collapse in the playoffs against the New York Yankees, I questioned why there was a contingent of people who follow baseball that were so insistent on moving away from the traditional models we used to judge quality. What was wrong with home runs, RBIs and batting average as the be-all, end-all metric? Don’t even get me started on basketball. How was it possible to take a team game like basketball and develop new metrics to determine who’s better than who?

But I’ve since seen the light, and I firmly believe if others did, rather than focusing on antiquated criteria like points or rebounds per game, or silly perceived intangibles like past reputation, Brook Lopez would have been named an All-Star last night. ... MORE →

System of a Down

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by Mark Ginocchio Comments

 

As the Brooklyn Nets dropped their eighth game over their last ten last night, the topic of conversation has focused tightly on the team’s offensive “system,” or lack thereof. Of course, this idea was most pointedly promoted by point guard Deron Williams, primarily in comparison to the “system” he ran in Utah under coach Jerry Sloane. But then the idea was brandied about by other players, most notably, the team’s other highly-paid backcourt player in Joe Johnson. Simply, the argument is that the Nets -– owners of an 11-4 record on the last day of November and a 13-12 record today – don’t have an offensive system to speak of, especially when the team goes into offensive ruts and relies too much on one-on-one isolation plays.

And yet, when you look closely at what has cause this rather dramatic about-face in less than one month’s time, the problems run deep and systemic.... MORE →

 

Villain. (AP/Kathy Willens)

As someone who takes comic book culture very seriously, I think it’s imperative that every hero has his perfect foil, an adversary that poses a serious threat and must be defeated soundly for victory to be declared. In comic book terms, Batman has the Joker, Spider-Man has Doctor Octopus, and the X-Men had Magneto. In basketball terms, Bird had Magic, the 90s Knicks had Jordan, and the entire city of Cleveland has LeBron.

In their still-blossoming rivalry with each other, the Knicks and Nets have played two hard-fought, high-spirited games with each other where heroes have emerged for both sides. But from the perspective of Nets fans, a true supervillain has emerged – someone who is guaranteed to torment the Brooklyn franchise for years to come. ... MORE →

 

Check out the box score from last night's victory here.

Some immediate takeaways:

  • Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson played 50 and 52 minutes respectively and are now pitted against one of the most physical defenses in the NBA tonight in the Chicago Bulls. Wallace particularly took a number of hard hits to the floor, so we'll have to see how Avery Johnson uses these two tonight, especially if Brook Lopez is limited and/or held out of the game.

  • Kris Humphries had 0 assists, unless you count his inadvertent tip pass to Kyle Singler which tied the game at 105. It was probably the prettiest pass Hump has made this season.

  • The Nets scored 31 points combined in the third and fourth quarters after putting up 36 points in the second quarter alone. Not only did the team's poor third quarter play return, but it was really a terrible second half and the Nets were on the brink of losing that game multiple times.

  • Deron Williams finished 7-17 with six assists. I vaguely remember a lot of similar stat lines from Devin Harris during the 2009-10 NBA season. Not saying Devin Harris is as good as Deron Williams, but if I can make that comparison that easily, something has to be done, whether its rest or just less shooting for DWill, because the Nets are not going to resemble anything close to a contender in the Eastern Conference with these performances mounting from their star PG.