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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective

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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective It’s January 15th, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets are 8-31, and Jeremy Lin has played in just 12 games this season. The Nets are behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conferences but they don’t have the distinction of rolling through the next decade with Ben Simmons and Joel […]

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 […]

Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home

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Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home With each passing game, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Brooklyn Nets, as currently composed, are not long for this world. With teams now able to sign players to 10-day contracts, it appears as if the Nets will be giving plenty of waiver-wire players the […]

Nets waive Bennett, sign Acy to 10-day contract

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by Justis Doucet


Resolution: Make a difference when he is given time, play gritty basketball


While Anthony Bennett hasn’t been involved in every Nets game this season, he’s impacted the ones he played in. Bennett, the former no. one overall pick, has struggled to stick with teams, and the Nets are his fourth in four years. However, this year, he’s been given opportunities and, mostly, succeeded in them, particularly so when considering his dirt-cheap contract. 


Playing about 12 minutes per game, right around his career average, Bennett is shooting 56% from inside, more than 12% better than any of his other three seasons; and his 5 points per game average ties a career-high from 2014 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Bennett has not played in the Nets' last three games, but, previous to that, scored 11 points in 14 minutes against Cleveland on for 4 for 8 shooting. In Brook Lopez’s absence, Bennett even started a game this season on December 3rd against Milwaukee. In 23 minutes, a season-high, Bennett scored 7 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- a strong line for the once-forgotten youngster. 


For Bennett, it’s just a matter of contributing to the team when the opportunity is handed to him, as he sits fourth on the big man depth chart behind Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Justin Hamilton.

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Anthony Bennett, the team announced on Monday morning. To fill the open roster spot, Marc Stein of ESPN reports that they’ll sign Quincy Acy out of the D-League to a 10-day contract. Even with the Nets falling further out of playoff content each game and Chris McCullough glued to the D-League, Bennett […]

#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee

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#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee  The Brooklyn Nets are in an absolute freefall and their five-game losing streak has left the Nets with the worst record in the NBA at 8-27. Friday’s 116 -108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers continues an eleven-game streak where the Nets have given up 100 or more points to their […]

Stein: Nets asking for two first-round picks in deal for Brook Lopez

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Finally, perhaps, a bit of clarity. The will they/won’t they saga that is Brook Lopez’s long, long career with the Brooklyn Nets has added a new wrinkle as they’re apparently asking for two first-round draft picks in any deal, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Instantly, the internet and feeds alike were lit by trolls of all […]

TBG’s Quest for the Herringbone Contest

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Hello, readers of The Brooklyn Game!  As you know, I’ve been the Managing Editor of this puppy since summer’s end, but I’ve missed the generally mandated windows to show my thankfulness. But, hey, 2017, New Year, New Me — right? I’ve quickly learned that running a site like this is much harder than just frequently contributing […]

First place Cavaliers take on last place Nets

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First Place Cavaliers Take On Last Place Nets Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 PM EST Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM, 660AM In a classic best versus worst scenario, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take their talented lineup to the Barclays Center in hopes of continuing their hot streak, particularly so following […]

The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers

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The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers The Brooklyn Nets’ season is rapidly devolving into an audition to decide who will stick with the team beyond this year. With Philadelphia picking up a win on Tuesday against Minnesota, the Nets now own the worst record in the entire NBA. However, the […]

Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target?

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Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Here are some facts for you: the Brooklyn Nets are 8-25, tied for the NBA’s worst record with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jeremy Lin has played all of 12 games thanks to a difficult hamstring, and numberFire puts their odds of making the playoffs officially […]

Greenberg: Nets are bad, but they’re playing like a playoff team

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Greenberg: Nets are bad, but they’re playing like a playoff team Well, we’re only a few days into 2017, but it isn’t shaping up to be much better than last year. After the Brooklyn Nets threw away 40 good minutes against the Utah Jazz in the blink of an eye, wanting to hibernate until the summertime […]

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 […]