"He felt better today," Kidd said. "We'll see how his plane ride goes, and then we'll see in the morning how he feels. We would like to try to get him to go tomorrow, but it's up to him."
Kidd added that he wasn't sure what Garnett's role would be if he did return. "I just want to make sure that he's going to go, then we'll sit down and talk about if he starts or comes off the bench." Garnett hasn't come off the bench in an NBA game since January 27th, 1996.
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The Pistons are bad, and the Nets took advantage of that with a good combination of three-pointers, post-ups, and drives to the basket. They defended well, staying home on the pick-and-roll and switching at the right moments, and other than some athletic dunks and a continuation of their year-long rebounding issues, the Nets closed this one out strong.
15 straight at home now.
Put up some solid minutes after a rough start that featured two badly missed layups (one an open layup, one a blocked shot tossed into Kyle Singler's arm), distributing the ball well and extending his league-best streak of games with at least one steal to 25.
This might be proximity bias, because I've watched every minute Livingston's played this season, but everything he can do is evident now. The Nets starters play far better when he's on the floor. He's one of the best post scorers for a guard in the league. He can get his eight-foot jumper off over almost anybody. His assist numbers underrate his passing ability. He bounces off the floor en route to the rim.
Please, no one else in the NBA notice.
Hey, other NBA teams: Shaun Livingston is really bad. Just a fluke. Don’t offer him anything, please. Thanks.
— The Brooklyn Game (@TheBKGame) April 5, 2014
Hit a few shots in rhythm in the first half and they didn't really need him after that.
Foul trouble aside, a nice lefty dunk, two-hand dunk, and semi-dagger three-pointer in the fourth.
I WANT THE NEWS, NOT THE WEATHER. MORE LIKE BACON FAT. TIME TO YELLOW SUBMARINE ALL OVER YOUR FACE? DOES THIS GAME GRADE MAKE NO SENSE? NEITHER DOES YOUNG SEYMOUR DEFENDING LIKE YI'S CHAIR, CROSSING OVER LIKE JAMAL CRAWFORD AND HITTING STEP-BACK JUMPERS ON HIS WAY TO THE PHILIPPINES PRACTICE FACILITY.
DON'T TELL ME THINGS GOTTA MAKE SENSE IN BLATCHELAND.
Returned to the floor for the first time since spraining his left ankle on March 23rd, and made an immediate impact. He picked up two quick steals, the second he anticipated before the Pistons even knew they were going to make the pass. It was quietly incredible.
The Nets just kept running pick-and-pops with him on the floor and he just kept burying three-pointers. Teams tend to gameplan more in the playoffs, but they might also place too much attention on the stars, which would leave role players like Teletovic open. This game stands as a reminder: he's dangerous if he's open, and if he can make his shots in big moments, he could swing some playoff games.
TWIN, SCORER. As many points as Greg Monroe and a decent job on Andre Drummond? I'll take that from the last player on the bench any day.
Quick foul trouble for Plumlee kept him out of most of this game, but contributions from Blatche and Collins meant they didn't miss him much. But the way he's played brings up an interesting question: when Kevin Garnett returns, does he usurp Andray Blatche's spot in the rotation?
The NBA has donated all proceeds of Collins's jersey sales to the two charities. Collins's jersey ranked #1 on the NBA's online store for three weeks.
In 17 games, the 35-year-old Collins has averaged 0.5 points, 0.5 rebounds, and 1.4 fouls in 6.6 minutes per game.
At 40-34, the Brooklyn Nets sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, 2.5 back from both the Raptors and Chicago Bulls with eight games to play (the Raptors and Bulls both sit at 43-32, with seven games left). All three teams play at home tonight: The Raptors play the second-seeded but struggling Indiana Pacers, the Bulls play the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks, and the Nets host the 27-48 Detroit Pistons in Brooklyn.
The Raptors and Bulls both hold the playoff tiebreaker over the Nets should any of them end up with an identical record. (The one exception: ties automatically go to the division winner, so if the Nets leapfrog the Raptors and win the Atlantic Division, they would then hold the tiebreaker over the Bulls. The Bulls are guaranteed not to win their division.)
All three teams hold the advantage over their opponents tonight (though Indiana has a better record, they've struggled in the new year), and if all three win, the only needle that shifts is that the Nets are one game closer to locking in the fifth seed. But a loss for the Nets could be devastating; if they lose and both Toronto and Chicago win, they'll be effectively 4.5 games back with seven games to play.
The Nets and Pistons tip off at 7:30 P.M. EST.
Kirilenko targeted a mid-week return this week, but sat out Wednesday against the New York Knicks. "I know he feels great," Nets coach Jason Kidd said before that game.
Kirilenko's put up paltry numbers: just 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 18.4 minutes per game. He's played in just 37 of a possible 74 games this year after dealing with back and calf issues.. But Kirilenko's value goes beyond the numbers: he's one of Brooklyn's top defenders and an excellent player off the ball. He broke down his court vision and defensive acumen with The Brooklyn Game in February.
The Nets are 17-1 at home when Kirilenko plays and 26-11 overall.
Home games for which there are still tickets include:
vs Detroit Pistons April 4
vs. Atlanta Hawks April 11
vs Orlando Magic April 13
vs Manhattan Knicks April 15
Plus there's tickets for playoff games against the Knicks (just kidding) on April 19, 21, 28 and if the Nets get to the next round May 5 and 7, 14, 16. And the last game of the finals (though the Nets may sweep in 4) is June 17. With playoff tickets, if you buy now and the Nets somehow dont make it, you get your money back. View all the options here.
The Brooklyn Nets didn't have their best night Wednesday, losing 110-81 in embarrassing fashion to their cross-town rival New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. But let's not wallow. Here's 22 puppies that'll help you forget it all.
Photos found by Raya Lim, captions by Devin Kharpertian.
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Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities.
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