The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

With a coma's intensity, the Brooklyn Nets attacked the New York Knicks head-on in the battle of who could care less and won just emphatically in that department. They shot shots that didn't matter. They barely attacked the basket. They let Andray Blatche do enough silly things to commit six turnovers. They allowed a bunch of dunks and three-pointers by their cross-town rival, whose season ends tomorrow. They were just awful for the better part of 48 minutes, changing nothing.

The Nets will still either be the fifth or sixth seed, and they'll still either play the Bulls or Raptors. We'll know exactly which tomorrow. But this game was a crash-course in indifference.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

"Hey, who threw this car in reverse? And why's it on cruise control?"

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Fine, I guess. That's all I got.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Want to get this out of the way now: the Iman Shumpert crossover that knocked Pierce over looked way worse in real time than it did on the replay. Pierce stepped on Shumpert's foot, which caused him to lose his balance.

Other than that, thought he didn't sleepwalk as much as the rest of the team, though he definitely dozed through a few possessions.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

If tonight was his chance to solidify playoff minutes, Andray Blatche is not going to play playoff minutes.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

Played in the starting lineup for the third straight game with Shaun Livingston out, and he is so so sneaky. He snuck his way in front of two plays in the first quarter, hitting the floor for one steal and picking off a baseline pass for another. He snuck this beautiful no-look pass to Mason Plumlee in the first half. He moves like one of those inflatable tube men outside of a car dealership.

Marcus Thornton SHOOTING GUARD

Really wanted him to shoot, like, 50 times in this game. But I'll take him firing with reckless abandon either way. But his on-ball defense is not pretty.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

There's something endearing about the fact that Mason Plumlee just keeps dunking and dunking and dunking, no matter how bad or irrelevant a game gets. He's no KG on the defensive end, but he's made strides.


 

The Knicks season ends tomorrow.

 

This Nets-Knicks game was pretty slow up until right about here. Prior to this first video, Amar'e Stoudemire rose for an emphatic flush over Mason Plumlee on an offensive rebound, but Plumlee fired back with a dunk of his own off a beautiful, precise Andrei Kirilenko no-look, behind-the-back pass.

Plumlee wasn't done, either: he followed up that slam with an equally emphatic alley-oop on the very next possession.

 

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)

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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.