The Glue Guys, Brian and Mike, are joined by The Brooklyn Game's Managing Editor Devin Kharpertian to talk about how we got to the point where Kidd is traded to Milwaukee, who is the next Nets coach, how does Kidd leaving impact the team's free agents, and where the Nets stand in the grand scheme of the league.

Rundown:
Start-13:40: How did we get here and how do we feel about it?
13:41-24:30: Which side comes out the worst in all this: Kidd, the Bucks, or the Nets?
24:31-32:15: Kidd leaves, are Pierce and Livingston following him out the door? We discuss.
32:16-47:45: Who is going to be the next Nets coach and who should the next coach be. Also which potential candidate scares you the most.
47:46-Till the End: We take your twitter questions!

 

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Seeing the inevitable "Kirilenko listed as OUT" tweet on the afternoon of Nets game day was becoming a frustrating sight.

As days turned into weeks turned into months, Kirilenko's absence became just one more drop in the Nets' ever-cresting wave of disappointment.

But back healthy (relatively) and in the lineup again, it's easy to see why many teams were envious of the Nets inking the lanky Russian.

In one 4th quarter sequence, Kirilenko showed off the skills that made him the “steal” of the offseason.

On this particular possession, Kirilenko displays great effort on the defensive end and does what any effective NBA defender must do in today’s game - give multiple efforts.

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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.

 

Nets hope to see a lot of these this season. (AP)

In between all the talk of trades and free agency, Nets fans have sort of forgotten about the #22 overall pick in the NBA Draft: former Duke senior Mason Plumlee.

The 7'0”, 238-lb big man is more mobile and athletic than your typical seven-footer, and he can play either post position.

His offensive skill set has a similar amount of versatility.

According to Synergy, 39% of his possessions this past season at Duke were out of the post-up and he's quite comfortable operating down there.

Though he lacks a mature back to the basket game, he does have a reliable hook shot from the left block. He converted a strong 52% of his field goals from there last year at Duke. ... MORE →

 

To run or not to run, that is the question.

The Nets pace (or lack there of) has been a topic of discussion amongst those following the franchise all season. The Nets play the second slowest pace in the NBA, as they are just a shade quicker than the New Orleans Hornets. There are advantages and disadvantages to playing at such a slow pace and we're taking a deep dive into both styles. After presenting the arguments for each speed, we're asking you the reader to decide which way is best for this Nets team. Let's get to it.

Reasons NOT to run.

 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

As stated earlier The Nets are almost the slowest playing team in the NBA, edging the Hornets for the right to be the league’s sloth. Despite this slow pace though, the Nets score 104.4 points per 100 possessions, an efficiency rating that puts them ahead of all but eight other teams. They are outscoring opponents by 1.1 points per game and their 42 wins (so far) have them in contention for a division title and an outside chance at the East’s number two overall seed. Point is, the Nets’ pace works for them and they project to finish right in the range that most basketball savvy pundits predicted they would, or should.

Knowing that the status quo isn’t always a great thing to stick to, would an innovative coach change things up and attack more in transition? Perhaps. But the fact is, two different head coaches have taken a look at this roster, weighed its strengths and weaknesses and both have decided to play at a super-slow speed. That should tell you something. As the old saying goes, if your basketball system ain’t broke, don’t fix it. ... MORE →

 

In the follow-up to a comprehensive, brilliant piece by Zach Lowe of Grantland on the data gleaned from optical tracking SportVU cameras and analyzed by the Toronto Raptors analytics department, the Brooklyn Nets get an ignominious mention, after the cameras analyzed how effectively (or ineffectively) Brooklyn uses its pick-and-rolls:... MORE →

 

BY JOHN HOOD

An interesting way to look at the Brooklyn Nets season so far: the first chart looking at the value Nets players bring on the floor (by win shares per 48 minutes), and the second from their salaries. Click on the circles at the top of the chart to toggle between each chart.

You'll see that six players had salaries so small they couldn't be included individually -- including Andray Blatche, who's provided by far the best value compared to his salary of all Nets players.

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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh receives an entry pass about fifteen feet from the basket on the left side of the floor. The Heat, up seven with plenty of time left in the game and on the shot clock, all stack up on the other side of the floor, giving Bosh all the space he needs to operate on his defender, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.... MORE →

 

If the last two games gave us any indication, its clear that at the end of close games, the Nets are comfortable running their offense through Brook Lopez.

In Wednesday night's 93-90 win over the Detroit Pistons, it was Lopez who got the ball on the last two crucial possessions. In Lopez's final bucket, the Nets ran a basic post up play for the center, letting him isolate against Greg Monroe. Lopez backed his way in towards the hoop and scored with relative ease.

As easy is that hoop looked, the Nets showed on the possession before that while they may want to run their offense through Brook, there are other creative ways to get him the ball aside from just straight post ups.

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After going eight-for-eight from the line vs. the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night, Deron Williams has now made 40 consecutive free throws, his longest streak as a Nets player.

Williams is a career 81% free throw shooter, so going on a streak of 40 straight without a miss is not inconceivable, however it is his longest streak as a Net and so far this season Williams is off to a career-best percentage from the line at 85%.

One thing I've noticed Williams doing more and more this season... MORE →

 

"It was just too much one-on-one. I don't mind the one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but we're playing the 1-on-1 in the beginning of the shot clock. We've had to take a look at how we function in those situations, have a little bit more ball and player movement, a little more continuity, but none of it is going to work unless we make good passes, set good screens, space the floor properly, and don't turn the ball over."

- Avery Johnson

More sets and less isolations was the edict Avery Johnson promised after the Brooklyn Nets' humbling loss to the New York Knicks. With three days off to practice and fine-tune their offense, the Nets needed to showcase a crisper offense, featuring more ball and man movement.

That's precisely what they did in topping the 76ers 95-92 Sunday afternoon.... MORE →

The Bench Mob Gets Defensive

Posted on: November 24th, 2012 by Mark Ginocchio Comments

 

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Andray Blatche & The Bench Mob are in session. (AP/Kathy Willens)

Brooklyn’s “Bench Mob” has already earned its share of attention in the early part of the season – primarily for the offensive performances from the likes of Andray Blatche, CJ Watson, MarShon Brooks and Jerry Stackhouse. But what’s most impressive in these (very) early stages of the season is how the group has performed defensively. Last night’s come-from-behind victory against the Los Angeles Clippers was a shining example when the bench kept the game even during the first few minutes of the 4th quarter and then Reggie Evans was subbed back in for the games final four minutes when the Nets outscored the Clippers 12-2.

Looking at some limited overall numbers at 82games... MORE →