Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Paul Pierce will all suit up for the Nets tonight in the last matchup between the Brooklyn Nets & New York Knicks on the season. All three were listed as game-time decisions with various ailments, but coach Jason Kidd said before the game that all three were good to go and will start.

The Nets will play without Alan Anderson (abdomen), Shaun Livingston (toe), and Mirza Teletovic. Teletovic's wife had twins Tuesday and he will not be with the team until the playoffs.

Andrei Kirilenko will start in place of Shaun Livingston, who will miss his third straight game.

 

Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic, Joe Johnson

Mirza Teletovic (right) is expecting his third child. (AP)

Mirza Teletovic will miss tonight's Nets-Knicks game as his wife expects their third child, Bosnian website BrzeVijesti reports today.

The report is in Bosnian, but was forwarded to us by Twitter user @BosanacH, who adds that the report was given to BrzeVijesti by Teletovic's father:

A quick Google Translate run-through seems to confirm this fact.

Congratulations to Teletovic on the expected birth of his third child.

 

Jason Kidd

Don't do it, Jason. (AP)

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Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee, Joe Johnson

Rejoice! It's Bench Day! (AP)

The Nets have officially ruled Alan Anderson (abdomen), Shaun Livingston (toe), and Mirza Teletovic (personal reasons) out against the New York Knicks, and an additional three starters may not play.
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Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic, Joe Johnson

Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic, and Joe Johnson had much to celebrate Sunday night. (AP)

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The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

Other than the bench messing with a decent lead in the fourth quarter, requiring Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson to return to the lineup, the Nets mostly cruised their way to this victory behind their three-point shooting and -- get this -- second-chance points, turning 14 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.

Behind some hot shooting from Williams, Johnson, and Mirza Teletovic, and an engaging effort from Mason Plumlee, the Nets pulled this one off.

Not that there was much doubt, but the win also basically guarantees them the fifth seed, where they'll play either Chicago or Toronto.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Requisite filthy crossover on a couple of occasions, one sick pass to Joe Johnson for a corner three-pointer, four steals to extend his streak to 29 games, and a barrage of three-pointers of his own before resting the fourth quarter.

I see a lot of comments about when Williams "used to be good" on Twitter. He still is. He's not as good as he once was, but he's still an excellent playmaker who can shoot and create off the dribble. His mistakes get magnified because of his status, but he's still very good.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

He takes the worst shots that I love to watch.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Hope his shoulder's okay.

Kevin Garnett CENTER

Played another short stint well; early turnovers aside, Garnett brought his usual intensity. Scary moment in the first half when he fell on his back after a misguided block attempt, but he returned without incident. Also tried yelling in a shot, because he is Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Came onto the court shortly before tipoff to thank the fans for their support this season. Miss U, Brook.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Returned to the rotation in the first half after missing two games with an illness and a third with a DNP-CD (his first in his Nets history) and immediately tried running point guard. Never change, you beautifully absurd creature of the Nets.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Look, I know he's not going to win Rookie of the Year. (Please don't stop reading there.) But no other rookie is having as positive an impact on a good team this season as Mason Plumlee. Every other rookie getting major minutes has it because of circumstance; the team's bad and they want to showcase their rookie. Plumlee's the opposite: the team wanted to stash him in the D-League where he could get minutes, and he played his way into the rotation and cemented a spot.

Plumlee's legitimately good. He's 24, and may not get much better than he is today, but he knows what he can do and he's executing.


 

It's not exactly Carlton Fisk waving a home run fair in the 1975 World Series, but it's Kevin Garnett in Game 80 of the regular season, yelling at a shot and trying to force it into the basket after getting fouled. It's about as Kevin Garnett as it gets.

GIF: MIRZA TOMAHAWKOVIC

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Mirza Teletovic is mostly a three-point shooter: over 66 percent of his field goal attempts this season have been from three-point range, and he's shooting close to 40 percent on the year. So what does he do when he has an open lane? HE DUNKS IT, THAT'S WHAT HE DOES.

Mirza Slam

Also, nothing beats Teletovic's face as soon as he realizes he has an open lane. He looks like he just opened a treasure trove to 5,000 three-point attempts.

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The Magic rank sixth in the league in defensive rebounding percentage, meaning that only five teams grab more defensive rebounds in the amount of chances they have. But they've got an even better percentage of defensive rebounds converted into immediate baskets: they're 1-1 on the season when they shoot on their own basket. A truly impressive number.

PA announcer David Diamante credited the two points to Nets center Mason Plumlee. When Plumlee inevitably breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time scoring record by one point, remember this day.

 

With Nets starting guard Shaun Livingston sidelined for the second straight game, the Nets will replace him with small forward Andrei Kirilenko in the starting lineup, moving Joe Johnson back to the shooting guard position and playing Kirilenko alongside Paul Pierce.

The 6'9", versatile Kirilenko may start off guarding Magic guard Arron Afflalo nonetheless, as Afflalo is the team's best scorer and Kirilenko Brooklyn's best perimeter defender.

One fun thought: Livingston originally replaced Brook Lopez in the team's lineup, meaning that the Nets replaced a 7'2" center with a 6'7" point guard, who was then subbed out for a 6'9" small forward. Versatility!

Deron Williams, Johnson, Pierce, and Kevin Garnett round out Brooklyn's starting lineup. Jameer Nelson will sit for the Magic, with Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo making his 42nd career start.

 

Jonathan Fleming after his wrongful murder conviction was overturned. (AP)

Jonathan Fleming after his wrongful murder conviction was overturned. (AP)

In 1990, Brooklyn native Jonathan Fleming was charged with murdering Darryl Rush at the Williamsburg Houses and sentenced to 25 years to life, despite not being in the state when the murder occurred.
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Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Shaun Livingston, Deron Williams

The Nets have little left to accomplish. (AP)

The Nets regular season no longer matters... unless you like 1% odds.
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