Seven games in May, please.
In the thrilling conclusion to the four-game series between the cross-bridge rival Brooklyn Nets and (Manhattan) New York Knicks, the Nets eked out an 88-85 victory on Brooklyn's Backcourt's back, riding 25 points (10 in the fourth quarter) from Joe Johnson, including the final go-ahead bucket with 22.3 seconds left, and surviving through a 1-for-2 trip for Deron Williams at the line with five seconds remaining (Williams had made 52 consecutive free throws before that miss, a career-best) to earn the win.
The victory gives the Nets a 25-16 record at the halfway point of the season, puts them one game behind the Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead, and ties up the season series at 2 apiece.
The teams won't play again in the regular season.
In a close battle throughout... MORE →
Seven games in May, please.
On a play that was not originally designed for him, Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson isolates on the right side of the floor and hits a go-ahead jumper that would put the Nets up for good against the New York Knicks in the fourth and final meeting between these two teams, January 21st, 2013. The Nets would win the game, 88-85.
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Nets at Knicks today. Losing team should be made to swim to Staten Island
— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) January 21, 2013
I can't believe this is the last time the Knicks play the Nets, poor scheduling by the NBA
— John Galamar (@JGalamar) January 21, 2013
Same lineup for the Nets tonight. DWill, JJ, Wallace, Evans, Lopez.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) January 21, 2013
Nothing like Nets vs Knicks on MLK Day @ MSG on a cold winter's day.#Goknicks
— Paula R (@r_P131) January 21, 2013
You just HAD to break the free throw streak with five seconds left in the game up 2, didn't you?
Overall a quiet first half from Williams and a louder but still strugglesome second half. Not his best night.
Iso-Joe hit the go-ahead jumper with 22.3 seconds left, so, uh, A+.
Up-and-down even by the minute in this game. Started off red-hot, hitting three threes and then taking Jason Kidd off the dribble for an easy layup. Cooled off in the middle quarters, either missing shots or skipping them, before hitting some big spot-up shots in the fourth quarter. Perhaps energized by these spot-up shots, Johnson started to go into isolation mode, and the offense fell apart as a result... until that final shot.
Weirdly, the least I've noticed him on the court.
Even if he just played the first half, in contention for his best game of the season. Had some issues posting up on Jason Kidd, which is curious, because Jason Kidd is half his size. Still, encouraging. Closer to starting-caliber than ever.
Scored, rebounded, stuffed Amar'e Stoudemire... An All-Star game for an All-Star player.
Another good game with Bogans doing a lot of the little things, but hard to overlook a missed layup and wide open three-pointer in crunch time.
Didn't play until the fourth quarter and struggled in his few minutes.
Today: The final regular season "Battle of the Boroughs" game takes place between the 24-16 Brooklyn Nets and 25-13 New York Knicks, at 3:30 P.M. in Madison Square Garden in New York. The Nets most recently split a home-and-home with the Atlanta Hawks, while the Knicks have returned from London after beating the Detroit Pistons in England. The Knicks are first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference; the Nets are two games back from first place in the Atlantic and fourth in the Conference.
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Today, Martin Luther King Day, marks the final of four matchups between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. unless the playoff alignment Gods dictate it so, these two teams won't face off again this year. After the Nets took the first matchup on November 26th, New York responded with two victories: one a 100-97 squeaker that came down to the final play, the other a 100-86 laugher that was done by the third quarter.
In honor of tonight's final Clash of the Boroughs AKA the Battle for New York's Soul AKA Excuse for Spike Lee to Yell A Lot AKA a regular season NBA game, we at The Brooklyn Game have broken down each of tonight's positional matchups, the benches, and the coaches, just to get an idea of what to expect tonight.
Deron Williams vs. Jason Kidd
Joe Johnson vs. Iman Shumpert
Gerald Wallace vs. Carmelo Anthony
Reggie Evans vs. Amar'e Stoudemire
Brook Lopez vs. Tyson Chandler
Bench Mob vs. Knicks Bench
P.J. Carlesimo vs. Mike Woodson
As has been widely reported tonight, the controlling stake in the Sacramento Kings has been sold to a Seattle-based group for roughly $340 million, with plans to move the Kings to Seattle to reclaim the Seattle Supersonics.
According to a source connected to Peter Vecsey, should the deal go through, Phil Jackson will join the Sonics in a non-coaching role:
Source says almost living lock Phil Jackson will become front office face of Seattle-bound Kings' franchise. Won't coach. Will mentor choice
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) January 21, 2013
Phil Jackson is allegedly Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's top target for head coach, and according to some reports would have contacted him after the season about his interest in the coaching job.
The sale to the Seattle-based group is not finalized, and Sacramento-based groups still have time to make a counter-offer to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Via Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
"I think change is needed, top to bottom," Nets star Deron Williams told CBSSports.com on Friday night, becoming the league's first high-profile player to call for Hunter's ouster as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.
"I don't think things were getting voted on like they should have been," Williams said. "... I'm sure there's guys that are still with Billy, and some guys that aren't. We've just got to figure out what the next step is."
Hunter, 70, the union's executive director for 16 years, was the subject of a scathing, 469-page report released Thursday by an independent law firm. While the probe of the union's finances and business practices under Hunter's leadership stopped short of finding him criminally liable, it blasted him with a meticulous assault against what it characterized as questionable stewardship of union finances, failure to properly manage conflicts of interest -- which his hiring of and business relationships with family members created -- as well as a litany of acts that displayed poor judgment and served his personal interests above those of the union.
Most relevant to the union's future leadership, the law firm found that Hunter's 2010 contract extension -- worth as much as $18 million -- was not voted on by the board of 30 player representatives, in violation of the union's constitution and bylaws.
"That's what I mean about stuff not being voted on," Williams said.