In an interview with Alyonka Larionov of Barclays Center TV, Brooklyn Nets swingman MarShon Brooks talks about everything from his relationship with his parents to his propensity to talk trash on the court. Also in the 7-minute interview, Brooks talks about his growth-spert in high school; going from a 5'10" point guard to a 6'4" shooting guard, saying that it definitely helped to propel him to the next level.
At the suns nets game... Many many many open seats as you can see twitter.com/skins4lifejz/s…
— JJ Zakheim (@skins4lifejz) March 25, 2013
NBA: Brooklyn @ Phoenix - It’s the 2nd and final meeting between these teams this season. Nets won the 1st game 99-79
— Titan Bet (@TitanBet) March 25, 2013
I hope next year the Nets won't have this kind of road trip deep in the season when the playoffs is coming soon. @brettyormark
— AJ (@AJJets) March 25, 2013
— Billy King (@bkdefend) March 25, 2013
Thought he looked great in the first half distributing and then early in the third quarter, but Goran Dragic matched him point for point, pass for pass. These are the matchups he should take advantage of for 48 minutes. Did hit a big layup late to give the Nets a 99-95 lead.
Starting to hit layups finally and dove into the second row after a loose ball, so, that's pretty solid.
Improved on yesterday's performance: put down an alley-oop, hit three and-ones (one a 17-foot jumper), rebounded, played mostly decent defense, chased loose balls, scored inside, and looked like the team's best power forward. (That's not saying much.)
Also had three airballs and missed a dunk. I'd be remiss not to mention the three airballs and missed dunk.
You'd think he'd have a more dominant game, considering the competition. Drew his share of fouls but missed more easy shots than you'd like and didn't have an offensive impact when the game drew close.
Did some fun Blatcheian idiogenius things offensively, including a fadeaway scissor-kick jumper and a solid putback on a Kris Humphries airball, but also looked as slow and out of it on the defensive end as we've seen all season, and that's saying something.
Struggles when he's not surrounded by scorers. He wasn't surrounded by scorers. Got some good shots but didn't knock them down.
Couple of nice moments scoring in the first half but oh wow did he get torn up defensively.
For most of the game, Evans didn't do the one thing the Nets want him to do -- rebound -- and allowed the Suns to get second chances galore. But Evans picked up two huge rebounds in the final few possessions, including the game-sealing board after a Hamed Haddadi miss that could've tied the game.
Also: Evans is not out there to try to go one-on-three in the post multiple times when his teammates are standing around open -- and he did just that.
Kept the offense afloat in the fourth quarter, particularly in transition, when no one else could, and picked up some key loose rebounds.
Tonight: The 40-29 Brooklyn Nets will be halfway done with their Circus Trip tonight, taking on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns at 9:00 P.M. EST at US Airways Center in Phoenix. The Suns have dropped two straight to the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively; the Nets won their first two games of their road trip against the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks before dropping last night's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Chris Carrino and Mike Fratello are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →
After suffering a quad contusion Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson will sit out against tonight his former team, the Phoenix Suns. Nets guard Keith Bogans will start in his place.
Though I've touted Bogans here many times as the preeminent fourth-fifth option on this team, I'm concerned about playing him with two other offensive liabilities in Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace. Bogans is best when he's able to hide away from the team's most effective scorers and get open threes; with Wallace struggling to score and Evans struggling to dribble, Bogans might be forced to create more of his own offense than usual.
That said: the Nets playing the 23-47 Phoenix Suns.
Johnson is unsure of his status beyond tonight, telling Stefan Bondy when asked about the possibility of playing Wednesday "I couldn't even tell you right now."
After starting their Circus Trip 2-1, the 40-29 playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets make their way to Phoenix to take on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns, who are down two starters and possibly a third. This is potentially just the bounceback matchup the Nets need after dropping a close one to the nearly-inverse-of-Phoenix 48-22 Los Angeles Clippers, but the second half of a back-to-back on the road isn't the easiest way to do that.
Joining us to chat about expectations for tonight's Nets-Suns game is Ryan Weisert, staff writer for ESPN TrueHoop Affiliate Phoenix Suns Blog Valley of the Suns. Justin DeFeo is filling in on asking questions.
And, as always: The BK Game Streak is up. Good luck.
Justin: Recently the Suns have had blowout wins, as well as blowout losses. What can we expect from Phoenix tonight?
Ryan:... MORE →
At the start of the fourth quarter in the Brooklyn Nets-Los Angeles Clippers game last night, Nets forward Kris Humphries got tied up with Clippers forward Lamar Odom going for a rebound, causing the referees to call for a jump ball.
Now, normally a jump ball between two overpaid backup forwards wouldn't be cause for any interest,... MORE →
After dropping a close one to the Los Angeles Clippers, the 40-29 Brooklyn Nets travel to Phoenix to take on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns tonight. Along with a chance to start off the road trop 3-1, that means another shot at "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
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1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.) To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. Today's line is "Brooklyn will hold Phoenix to 85 or fewer points." If you think the Suns will score 85 or fewer points tonight, select "YES." If you think they'll score more than 85 points, select "NO."
For the record: The Suns average 94.3 points per game with the 10th-fastest pace in the NBA, but have scored just 79 and 86 in the past two games against the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves. They're also without Marcin Gortat, Jermaine O'Neal, Channing Frye, and possibly Jared Dudley.
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