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Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities.
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Jason Collins checked in with just over two minutes left in the 96-80 Brooklyn Nets win over the Chicago Bulls to a standing ovation from the crowd, becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in Brooklyn.
Within three seconds of entering the game, Collins committed a foul on Bulls forward Taj Gibson.
It was perfectly Collinsian. Revel in this historic moment.
The Nets had occasional lapses and led only by eight after one half, but I thought they played some of their best basketball of the season, going hit-for-hit against one of their toughest matchups in the league. The Bulls give the Nets trouble all the time with their ferocious defense and heady play led by Joakim Noah on the defensive end, but the Nets just tore through the paint with reckless abandon, and held off the Bulls every time they tried to make a run in the second half.
Maybe I'm exaggerating, or just happy to see a solid effort against a legitimately good team after they only beat the under-.500 teams on their road trip. But this was one of the best overall efforts from start to finish the Nets have strung together all season, forcing the Bulls into 26 turnovers after they committed just three a night ago. Fantastic performance from Brooklyn in their return home.
Mixed in between blending in some possessions and asserting himself in others, which is probably his optimal strategy with this team. His three-point shot still isn't falling, but his midrange is as good as ever.
Immediate impact. Tricked Mike Dunleavy into fouling him on a fast break, made a beautiful no-look pass to Paul Pierce for an open 3 in a high pick-and-roll, and hit his patented short jumper in the first 90 seconds. Hit his jumper throughout the night without selfishly appropriating the offense.
He is so good when he's not following his instincts. It was clear in the first six minutes; Johnson missed a low-percentage isolation shot badly on his first attempt, then buried two straight coming off screens and spot-ups. Continued to score off the ball better than on.
Incredible all-around game for an all-around forward. Was tasked with guarding Carlos Boozer and playing offense against Joakim Noah, and did both with aplomb. Caught Boozer's shot attempts low and got him out of a rhythm, while staying out of the paint and forcing Noah to play defense like a good guard instead of a game-changing center.
The ideal mix of needlessly reckless and intelligently absurd.
Surprisingly good defensive possessions in Kevin Garnett's absence, including a steal in the first quarter and effort in the paint.
Tried to force a few passes but he's still the best off-ball player on the team and he did this so all is forgiven.
But: for all the good he brings defensively with his sublime spatial understanding, his free throws are a sad, broken mess.
He consistently works hard, even if he doesn't shoot well. Give him credit for that.
He's one of the fastest dribblers the Nets have had since Devin Harris and tonight it didn't amount to anything.
Entered the game in garbage time with just over two minutes left and promptly committed a foul in under three seconds. It was incredible how Collins it was. A+ for that alone.
Started in favor of Kevin Garnett, who sat out the second straight game with back spasms. Got free under the basket more times than you'd think he would against Joakim Noah, and Noah was his foul for the two best highlights of the night: a massive block and a similarly acrobatic alley-oop.
Was the team's best big man against one of the league's best defenders when the Nets were missing their starting center. The numbers won't show it, but it was a sublime performance for the rookie.
The Nets drafted Mason Plumlee 22nd overall in the 2013 NBA Draft thinking he'd spend most of his time in Springfield.
Now, with Kevin Garnett out with back spasms, Plumlee's arguably been the team's most electric player: swatting opponents, getting free in the lane, running the floor, and finishing.
The best part of this play: Joakim Noah, one of the league's best defenders, is standing right there. He's right in the way. And you can still see the finish coming from a mile away.
Joakim Noah's one of the league's best big men: a phenomenal passer, world-class defender, and awkward but effective offensive player. You'd imagine he'd give a rookie like Mason Plumlee fits on both ends of the floor.
Enter Noah driving to the basket near the end of the first half and meeting THE SWIFT HAND OF THE PLUMLEE. Plumlee, making his second consecutive start, threw Noah's shot into the stands and brought a loud "OOOOH" from the crowd.
Not bad to have a seven-footer with a 36-inch vertical.
The 28-29 Brooklyn Nets hope to reach .500 against the 33-26 Chicago Bulls in the home debut of Jason Collins and Marcus Thornton.
Nets starting lineup: Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Mason Plumlee.
Injury report: Kevin Garnett (back spasms) will sit for the second straight game.
When & Where: 7:30 P.M. EST, Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Watch: YES Network, NBATV
Listen: CBS WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM
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BY SAM LACHOW
|6-4||Last 10 Games||9-1|
|103.0||Points scored per 100 possessions||98.9|
|104.7||Points allowed per 100 possessions||97.8|
|94.1||Possessions per game||93.1|
|45.0%||Field goal percentage||42.9%|
|Joe Johnson (14.8)||Top Scorer||Carlos Boozer (14.6)|
Projected starting lineup: Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler , Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah
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The Brooklyn Nets have put up season tickets for next year at the same prices as this season on their official website Brooklynnets.com, the team announced in a release today. The prices start at $45 per seat and give fans priority access for purchasing playoff seats, according to the team.
“We’re one of the hottest teams since January 1 and fully anticipate being in the Playoffs, so it’s a great time to renew for next season or to become a new season ticket buyer,” Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a prepared statement.
It's not uncommon for teams to increases prices from year-to-year, particularly in large markets, but the Nets are selling tickets at their fixed price.
If you're already a season ticket holder, the deadline to renew your tickets at this year's price is April 4th.
Brooklyn Nets All Access Plans are also available. Per the release:
A limited supply of Brooklyn Nets All Access season tickets are also available. All Access season ticket buyers have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Barclays Center events before the general public. All Access tickets include unlimited food at all fixed concession stands during Brooklyn Nets games as part of the Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Taste program.
Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett is a game-time decision Monday night against the Chicago Bulls as he fights back spasms, the team announced today. Garnett missed the team's 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks with the spasms Saturday night.
Garnett's the second Nets player to deal with back spasms this season; earlier this year Kirilenko called his spasms the "worst of his career."
Garnett has played in 49 of a possible 57 games this season, missing most of his games simply for rest. His only official injury other than the spasms this year was an ankle injury in November. He's averaged 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. His defensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 percent would lead the NBA if he'd played enough minutes to qualify.
After six games on the road for a Circus Trip -- no, really, the Nets take this trip annually so the circus can come to Barclays Center -- the team finally returns home tonight to take on the Chicago Bulls in Brooklyn.
The team technically took a seven-game road trip, but the first game was just before the All-Star Break. (If you want to count All-Star festivities, it was an eight-game road trip for Mason Plumlee and Joe Johnson.)
Here's six takeaways from the six-game trip:
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