Check out the results from your grading of Monday night's 97-77 Brooklyn Nets victory over the Orlando Magic after the jump... MORE →
Recently, Brooklyn Nets fans have clamored to fill what seems like the team's #1 weakness: the need for a power forward/big man that can defend and score. As endearing as Reggie Evans' beard is, his lack of an offensive game has begun to wear on some folks, and it's clear he's best suited coming off the bench to provide energy in the second unit. Mirza Teletovic & Kris Humphries both have had hot & cold stretches all season.
But it isn't that easy. Nets GM Billy King can't just pick a great power forward off the Great Power Forward Tree, and boom, all the problems are fixed and the Nets cruise their way to championship behind their big man tandem of Brook Lopez and Great Power Forward. But similarly, there's no question that there are big men out there that the Nets can at least make a phone call about.
So we're going roundtable-style at The Brooklyn Game: our writers & analysts look at five potentially available power forwards (and the one center that we have to look at, because, well, we have to), how they fit with Brooklyn, and how realistic an acquisition is.
In an interview with NBA.com, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King said that he and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would meet this week, potentially to discuss P.J. Carlesimo's future with the franchise.
"We'll talk about the job he's done and where we're at as a team, but I don't think there's a specific timetable," King said to David Aldridge, noting that Prokhorov will be in town for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat and Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets are 13-4 under Carlesimo after starting the season 14-14 under former coach Avery Johnson. Carlesimo is still listed as an interim coach, but will likely have the opportunity to coach for the rest of the season.
King also expressed his displeasure at Brook Lopez's All-Star snub. "What he's done for us on offense and defense... it's a disgrace that (Brook) wasn't put on the team."
In a game the Brooklyn Nets had no business losing, the Nets stayed true to their business, dismantling the Orlando Magic 97-77 at Barclays Center AKA The Black House in Brooklyn on the grassroots-led Brook Lopez Appreciation Night. The shorthanded Magic made a mini-run near the end of the third quarter to increase the odds of an upset loss from "not happening in this or any alternate universe" to "mildly implausible," but three quick threes from role star Keith Bogans extended a seven-point lead to sixteen in a matter of minutes, and all Orlando-related was lost.
The Brooklyn Nets are now 13-4 in the P.J. Carlesimo era and 16-0 when facing teams under .500. The victory was their fifth victory of 20 points or more on the year, three more than in the past three seasons combined.
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Barclays Center was host for the Brooklyn Nets' 97-77 victory over the Orlando Magic Monday night, but also host to Brook Lopez Appreciation Night, a fan-driven event where some of the most die-hard Nets fans came out to show support for Brook Lopez after Lopez was snubbed from the All-Star game by coach's vote.
With Lopez at the line, fans routinely chanted "ALL-STAR" in multiple cadences, held up signs and Lopez fatheads to show support, and led fans unaware of the night in cheers.
I asked Lopez if he heard and saw the fans chanting for him. He smiled. "I did. I'm just thankful we have support out here like that. We have great fans, and they continue to support us night in and night out."
As for his candidacy, Lopez was coy. "I'm not really thinking about it. I was busy getting ready for this game, and we have Miami coming in in two days. So that's the main thing right now."
Later on, I saw a tweet posted by Nets fan Zac Cullen, tonight's fan with the Fathead (an enormous poster of Brook Lopez's head):
— Zac Cullen (@ZCullen8) January 29, 2013
As Lopez left the locker room, I showed him the photo. He looked at it, laughed, and said simply: "that's one ugly mug."
Presented without comment.
Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche doing a little shake-and-bake action to mess with Kyle O'Quinn before burying the fadeaway jumper in his face. Watch:
Excellent game from Williams -- distributed well enough and scored in all sorts of ways, getting free off screens both going towards and curling away from the basket to get open looks, both with and without the ball in his hands. This was "effective weapon" Williams.
Had some really good possessions as the distributor in the first half, finding Brook Lopez open at the basket on consecutive dunks.
Hit all three of his shots and was the recipient of the best hug of the night.
Continues to get points in bunches just by being large, long, and near the basket at the right time. That's not a backhanded compliment -- lots of guys are the first two things and have no concept of the third, nor the soft touch to put it down.
In the span of about one minute, Andray Blatche dribbled between his legs about 15 times, made Kyle O'Quinn look foolish with a stepback jumper, and got nailed in the face with a basketball. This has been Andray Blatche's career in a nutshell.
Role star. 3's and defense. Nothing else. But 3's and defense. Role star.
(This has been my Keith Bogans poem.)
Played some of his most encouraging minutes of the season -- ran the floor, hit a circus shot or two, even played some encouraging transition defense! Some rough possessions in the final minutes bring his grade down a tick, but hard to complain.
It is astounding just how much the crowd rose and fell with Teletovic's makes and misses.