Here are the final stats for the season -- regular and "advanced"
Season Numbers: 74 G, 74 GS, 30.4 MPG, 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 52.1 FG%, 75.8 FT%, 24.7 PER, 9.0 WS
The debate over what an MVP award means rages and enrages. Some may say that it should go to the best player, while others might argue it should go to the player who is most critical to a team’s success. While the best player, in most cases, is often the most critical to a team’s success, the situation with the Brooklyn Nets this season is somewhat different.
For me, an MVP is someone who changes the team dynamic when on the floor and when taken off, the team is simply not the same. Brook Lopez -- though not as flashy and provocative as most star players in the NBA -- is that player for the Nets this season.... MORE →
The Brooklyn Nets found out their opponent in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the fourth quarter of a 103-99 regular season finale win over the lowly Detroit Pistons: by virtue of a New York Knicks victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls solidified the fifth seed and will travel to Brooklyn to take on the fourth seed Nets on Saturday.
Late Wednesday night the NBA released the schedule of the Nets/Bulls series:... MORE →
He barely played and did nothing of consequence after the first quarter. Would be silly to grade him fairly. Give him an A+ for not wearing that suit again.
Shot 5-6 and had a nice block.
Nearly put up a double-double (20 points, 9 rebounds) in about 20 minutes.
Classically frustratingly brilliant and hit a three-pointer, so there's that. On the plus side, we now have the greatest Blatcheism ever: "Blatche don't kill my vibe."
Had yet another double-digit rebounding game, even in limited time. Crazy fact: In his last 20 games, he had more rebounds than Gerald Wallace all season.
In perhaps Jerry Stackhouse's final regular season game, Stackhouse struggled from the field until hitting two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, the second a gorgeous shot over the outstretched arms of Jonas Jerebko. I'm not sure what the future holds for Stack, but regardless, it was a pleasure watching the Immortal Jerry Stackhouse AKA Inventor of Palindromes AKA IDGAS AKA The Ophiotaurus Slayer AKA Trey Stacks AKA The iPhone 6 AKA The Only Man David Stern Fears in this act of his career. Keep on, Jerry Stackhouse.
Hit two threes in the second half, so that was fun.
With a 98-92 Atlanta Hawks loss at the hands of the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets will officially face the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
With both teams at 44-37 entering Wednesday night and the Bulls owning the tiebreaker with the Hawks, the Hawks only had a chance to play the Nets in the first round if they won and the Bulls lost. The loss seals their fate as the sixth seed, and they'll play the Indiana Pacers in the first round.
The Nets lost the season series to the Bulls, losing three of four games. The Nets ended the season
The Nets are the fourth seed, meaning they'll have home-court advantage against the Bulls in the first round. The first two games will be at Barclays Center, along with games 5 and 7, if necessary.
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Hey... I get it. Sometimes you gotta tie your shoe. Even if that sometimes is in a professional basketball game, and it comes when Andre Drummond -- who leads all rookies in rebound rate by a wide margin -- is the guy you're supposed to box out. At least Teletovic hit two threes in the first half.
Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace, he of the 1.8 points per game average in April, threw down dunks on back-to-back plays in the first quarter of the team's final regular season game against the Detroit Pistons: the first an alley-oop off a Deron Williams lob, and the second he created himself.
I'm a fan of Texas Hold'Em. While I occasionally play for money, I have a firm belief that when I play poker with friends just for fun, weird stuff happens. More four-of-a-kinds. More people catch stupid things on the river. Bad beats happen more often. I think it's because when there's nothing on the line, people play looser than they normally would: when you're not risking anything, that 8-4 off-suit suddenly looks like a winner. And every now and then, it is!
The 48-33 Brooklyn Nets, with nothing to play for, are at home for their final game of the season, taking on the 29-52 Detroit Pistons, also with nothing to play for, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That's why I'm watching tonight's game: because both teams don't have any significant skin in the game, weird stuff is going to happen. Other than the starters sitting late, everything is up for grabs: will Toko force another five-second violation? Will Andray Blatche take over as point guard for possessions at a time? Will Kris Humphries attempt a three?
Anything is possible. And that's what makes these games fun and wondrous: at some point Tyshawn Taylor is inevitably going to look at a metaphorical 8-4 offsuit and push all in. I can't wait to see what comes up.
SLAM Online's Adam Figman sat down with Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace and talked to him about all sorts of things, including his hometown Childesburg ("It’s mostly family-oriented. Everyone knows everyone"), his relationship with New York City ("I don’t go into the city, period"), his life after basketball ("I really don’t think about it"), and the basketball league he's starting with his friends this summer:
I’ve got a lot of friends that want to play that are over 30, so we’re gonna start a league with them, just [to] have something to do. It’ll be fun to play with some of the older guys. A lot of my guys are starting to get big bellies, so I told them we gotta get back out there this summer.
SLAM: You just turned 30 last July. Pretty convenient timing.
GW: [Laughs] It is. Right on time.
Given the way Wallace has shot after the All-Star break, his merits as an NBA-level shooter are dubious at best. But against his 30-plus friends with pot bellies? Unless Wallace's friends are transplanted from the Space Jam universe, he's going to spend his weekends this summer destroying his friends in the sport he plays professionally. Even if his friends are all retired NBA players, Wallace is still an athletic marvel that competes against the best athletes in the world.
This is a league I want to see immediately. (Just please stay healthy.)
Full interview below.
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According to various reporters, the Nets will play at full strength with their regular starting lineup tonight, but will only play their starters 18-24 minutes:
“I’m pretty sure everybody’s okay, they all went through shootaround and unless somebody comes up lame, I plan on playing everybody,” Carlesimo said after shootaround at PNY Center. “They’ll definitely get a sweat, they haven’t played since Sunday (at the Toronto Raptors) and we still might not play until Sunday, so they’ll definitely get some good runs. Maybe they’ll start the first and start the third, we’ll see how long they go.”
The Nets rested Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez, Keith Bogans, and Jerry Stackhouse Monday night, but Carlesimo said after that game that they'd "definitely" play today if healthy to shake off rust before the playoffs.