The Nets were down one point guard this morning, and now they're down two before the game.

Nets coach Jason Kidd announced that guard Deron Williams will rest with "right patella tendinitis," with rookie guard Jorge Gutierrez starting in Williams's place. This follows a report that Shaun Livingston, nursing a sprained right big toe, will also sit out. Alan Anderson was set to start in Livingston's place, but will also sit out with a sore abdominal muscle. Andrei Kirilenko will start.

Kidd added that the rest was mostly precaution, and that Williams would start if this was a playoff game.

Andray Blatche, who sat both of the team's back-to-back Florida games with an undisclosed illness, is active and expected to play.

 

Paul Pierce, Pero Antic

Paul Pierce & the Nets look to halt the Hawks in Brooklyn... maybe. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets are at home, where they'll take on the 35-43 Atlanta Hawks in the hopes of winning their 15th straight home game. But if there's any indication of vindication, they might end that streak tonight.
... MORE →

 

ltboogie

Picture 1 of 20

@ltboogie, via Instagram

 

CHART

Over the course of the NBA season, Sports Club Stats has tracked each team's playoff chances as they've developed throughout the year, and as you might expect, the Nets have had two very different trendlines: looking straight down during 2013, then nothing but up in 2014.

Here's how Sports Club Stats figures out the odds... MORE →

 

Britain Basketball Atlanta Hawks Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will participate in the NBA's Global Games again this preseason. (AP)

As part of the NBA's Global Games initiative, the league officially announced that five teams will play preseason games in four countries next season, including the Brooklyn Nets playing twice in China.

The Nets will face off against the Sacramento Kings twice: once on October 12th at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and once on October 15th at the MasterCard Arena in Beijing.

“It’s an honor for us to represent Brooklyn and the League in China,” Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd said in a prepared statement. “The borough and the Nets have connections to fans all over the world and it’s a great opportunity to play on a major international stage in China.”

The Nets have been involved extensively in the Global Games initiative, first playing two games in London against the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in the 2010-11 season, then two again this year against the Atlanta Hawks. They've also toured Russia as part of their offseason in 2010, and Kevin Garnett traveled to China with Nets CEO Brett Yormark in this past offseason. And, of course, they've got the only international owner in the NBA in the Russian Mikhail Prokhorov.

 

Jason Kidd, Tom Washington

Jason Kidd was none too happy with the result of Nets-Magic. (AP)

Hello Ian. Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Fly on over to The Brooklyn Game Store. You've got an eagle eye for good fashion, and your support keeps us going. Thanks!

Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities.
... MORE →

 


The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

The Nets put up a listless first half defensively, letting E'Twaun Moore go off in the second quarter and taking bad or easy shots early in the shot clock.

The Nets clawed back in in the third quarter, thanks to some hot shooting from Mirza Teletovic and game management from Joe Johnson, and had a chance to put it away in the fourth behind Joe Johnson's heroics, but it wasn't enough as Kyle O'Quinn blocked a Joe Johnson three-pointer and the Magic hit their free throws down the stretch.

Given the effort in the first half, they didn't really deserve to win this game, but considering how close they made it, this one still stings.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Kept his steal streak going and played like he needs rest.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

I love that even on the second night of a back-to-back when everyone on the Nets is playing like they've been awake celebrating since they beat the Heat Tuesday night, Joe Johnson is still his usual, boring, solid scoring self with an incredible knack for scoring in crunch time.

Only had one real brain fart: at the end of the third quarter with the ball and the shot clock off, Johnson fired a shot with over eight seconds left, giving the Magic a chance to race downcourt and fire up a shot. E-Twaun Moore buried the three, putting the Magic up 5 before the fourth quarter.

But Johnson took the reins of the offense down the stretch, and delivered on three occasions: a tough floater to bring the Nets within two and two shots in the paint to cut the lead to one in crunch time, but was blocked by Kyle O'Quinn on a three-point attempt that would have tied the game.

Kevin Garnett CENTER

Good stints -- got his first bucket by following a Deron Williams missed layup, and played his role as the offensive fulcrum out of the high post by hitting cutters and spread-out shooters en route to a season-high six assists. Looked spry, though not 100%.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

He drove baseline every time and the Magic still couldn't stop him.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Despite shooting six three-pointers in the game's first six minutes (and a seventh that he shot just after accidentally stepping out of bounds), he didn't attempt one for the rest of the half and fell short of J.R. Smith's new NBA record set on Sunday of 22 attempts in a game. His third quarter shooting (four three-pointers) kept them within striking distance, and he drew a foul on Maurice Harkless with seconds left to keep the Nets alive. But he missed a crucial free throw, which helped put the nail in the coffin.

Marcus Thornton SHOOTING GUARD

E'Twaun Moore's 14-point explosion in the second half, the one that put the Magic up that gave them a double-digit halftime lead, was largely on Thornton's head, and Mo Harkless beat him backdoor on a key crunch-time play. He's a nice thief, but his on-ball defense tonight wasn't up to snuff.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Lots of rim-rattling dunks, including a throw-in throw-down, and even showed off some unprecedented dribble-drive moves, but fouled out in the fourth quarter in what's a recurring theme for his high playing time. With Jason Collins not getting playing time and Garnett at the end of his minutes limit, the Nets played the end of the game without a true center, leaving Kyle O'Quinn to get all the rebounds he wanted.

One day he'll hit a shot from outside of the paint. It just may not be this season.


 

Mason Plumlee is seven feet tall with a 36" vertical and a knack for throwing down dunks. That leads to events like this, where Plumlee gets a nice feed from Nets teammate Andrei Kirilenko and throws down the major flush. One of Plumlee's best dunks of the year.

A special shout-out to Ian Eagle for his call on this play, anointing Mason Plumlee "The Plumber," leading to a discussion about the acceptability of that nickname.

 

Kyle O'Quinn is a professional basketball player. He is not an Olympic shot-putter. That makes this pass that much weirder, because Kyle O'Quinn soars this one like he's trying to set a record.

OQ Pass

Here's my favorite part about this pass: because of the beauty of the GIF form, this ball never hits the ground. It just soars over everyone: over the Nets defense, over Jameer Nelson's body, over the fans who duck at the last second, and flies out of frame, set to soar in perpetuity.

It's the pass that never hits its target, but just flies away, to a distant netherworld where the foils of bad commercials live in harmony. It is the pass left to the sands of time, one that escaped the concept of basketball and enjoyed a life outside of our collective consciousness.

Farewell, Kyle O'Quinn pass. I hope you found happiness on the other side.

 

On Tuesday night, Mason Plumlee threw back LeBron James in what was arguably the best Nets highlight of the season. But Plumlee isn't just a one-highlight rookie: Plumlee went right back to the rim to throw down this two-hand flush off his own miss over Orlando Magic defender Andrew Nicholson.

Kevin Garnett was impressed, according to reporters in the arena:
... MORE →

 

Mason Plumlee (AP)

Mason Plumlee (AP)

After a fourth (4th! Quatro! Vier!) win against the Miami Heat this year, the Brooklyn Nets find themselves in their least favorite position: on the second day of a back-to-back. Luckily, they’re in Orlando to take on the lowly, 22-win Magic, who are trying their hardest to grab a few more ping-pong balls at season’s end for the upcoming NBA Draft. With Kevin Garnett in and Paul Pierce out, Brooklyn will try to keep their slim chances at the fourth seed alive.

Here’s three things to watch for in tonight’s game.
... MORE →

 

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Shaun Livingston, Deron Williams

Two of these guys won't play tonight. (AP)

After a thrilling 88-87 victory over the Miami Heat Tuesday night, the Nets will be short two starters on the second half of their second-to-last back-to-back of the season.
... MORE →