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The Nets dominated the Hawks at the O2 Arena in London. (AP)

Good evening, Nets fans. You're looking sharp. Welcome to a special edition of The Evening After, thanks to a cross-ocean afternoon start. Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Did you know you can get our shirts shipped overseas? I know, insane. Do it at The Brooklyn Game Store. Your support keeps us alive.

Here's a roundup of today's Nets festivities.
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The Brooklyn Nets dominated the Atlanta Hawks 127-110 in London in a game featuring the NBA's Global Games initiative, but there was another dominant performance in the broadcast booth, by play-by-play man Ian Eagle and color commentator Jim Spanarkel.

The two sent each other into fits of laughter on numerous occasions throughout the game, usually with weirdly injected and often misused British slang. This wasn't canned broadcaster laughter; this was genuine. It was over-the-top ("what if I called you a wanker?"), it was silly ("RIGHT IN THE NOGGIN!"), it was endearing ("This guy can dance!" "Jimmy, if the fans are not seeing it, you can't really refer to it. I know you've been in television for a while."), and it was everything we've come to expect from the Eagle-Spanarkel tandem: informative, off-beat, and hilarious.

On a related note, Eagle recently won the award for New York State Sportscaster of the Year.

 

Three straight wins. No ties. (AP)

Three straight wins. No ties. (AP)

Good morning, Nets fans and luxury tax lovers. Thank you for your support of The Brooklyn Game. Be a part of the magic and improve your already incredible wardrobe with a t-shirt from The Brooklyn Game Store. Your contributions keep us going.

Here's another look at last night's Nets going Nets.
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Taj Gibson, Josh Smith

The Nets will face either Josh Smith & the Hawks (L) or Taj Gibson & the Bulls (R). (AP)

With just one day (!) remaining in the regular season, only one spot is still up for grabs in the Eastern Conference playoffs -- the fifth seed, or the team that will eventually be the Brooklyn Nets' first-round opponent. The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls both still have a shot at fifth, and the loser will fall to sixth, playing the Indiana Pacers.

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Warm-Ups

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Just about says it all defensively. (AP)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Enormous magnitude. Whether directly stated or overtly implied, each member of the now 38-28 Brooklyn Nets agreed that there was a level of urgency missing from their play tonight, and that this game's importance was completely lost on them -- if only for a seven-minute stretch in the fourth. Even in a game where Reggie Evans played his best game of the season, finishing three left-handed layups & baby hooks in the first quarter, and ending the game with 14 points and 22 rebounds, the Nets couldn't end the game on a high note, getting outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter en route to a 105-93 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Grade the Game At Any Time!

Tonight: After a four-day layoff -- their longest until the end of the season -- the 38-27 Brooklyn Nets return home to Brooklyn tonight to take on the 36-29 Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is the fourth and final matchup between the two teams -- the Nets took two of the first three -- and the Hawks have won two straight against the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, respectively.

The BK Game Streak: Today marks game 12 of "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak of wins along the betting line over the course of the season. Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the year, with first prize a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Log in with Facebook to get started, vote in the box above, and good luck!

Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan "Last Name Greatest" Ruocco and Jim "Jimmy Sparkles" Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

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One more chance for Joe to take on his former team... Until the playoffs? (AP)

After five days of rest for Joe Johnson and four for his compatriots, the 38-27 Brooklyn Nets finally do the thing they allegedly get paid to do: play professional basketball against another professional basketball team.

Tonight is the fourth and final matchup between Brooklyn and Johnson's former stomping jersey Atlanta Hawks; the Nets have taken two of three from the Hawks so far this year, but Johnson has made a tempered impact in all three games.

Joining me to talk about today's matchup is Lang Greene, NBA reporter for HOOPSWORLD, a division of USA Today Sports. Lang is one of my favorite reporters for his balanced, respectable approach to the game, and he knows his stuff.

And, as always: The BK Game Streak is up. Log in above and get to playin'.

Onward!

Devin: Al Horford's cruising to yet another solid, All-Star caliber, but not spectacular season. Do you think we're seeing Horford's ceiling? Is that a good thing?

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After a four-day layoff (five for Joe Johnson), the Brooklyn Nets come back home for the last time in March, hosting the Atlanta Hawks before embarking on an eight-game, 17-day road trip, and you know what that means: Another chance to win in The BK Game Streak!

The game is as simple as it sounds:

1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.) To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. For example: today's line is "Brooklyn will beat Atlanta by 3 or more points." If you think the Nets will win by three or more points, select "YES." If you think they'll win by one or two points, or Atlanta will win, select "NO."

2. String together wins and try to get the longest streak of correct predictions before the end of the NBA regular season. Follow game results on the leaderboard on the right sidebar.

At the end of the season, we'll award three prizes to the players with the best three streaks: The Gold Net Trophy (longest streak) and a $200 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to first place, the Silver Net Trophy (second-longest streak) and a $50 Amazon Gift Card to second place, and the Bronze Net Trophy (third-longest streak) $25 Amazon Gift Card and a Bronze Net Trophy to third place.

Right now we've got two active streaks of eight wins, with plenty of season left to build your streak.

Read more rules for the contest here.

Good luck!

 

Grade the Game At Any Time!

Tonight: The 36-26 Brooklyn Nets travel to Atlanta tonight to take on the Atlanta Hawks for the third and final time this season. The teams split the first two matchups, with each team winning at home. The Nets haven't won in Atlanta since November 2008.

The BK Game Streak: Today marks game 10 of "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak of wins along the betting line over the course of the season. Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the year, with first prize a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Log in with Facebook to get started, vote in the box above, and good luck!

Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan "The Pronunciation Guide" Ruocco and Mike "The Czar" Fratello are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

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The 36-26 Brooklyn Nets fly to Atlanta to take on the 34-27 Atlanta Hawks, after beating the Washington Wizards in record-setting fashion, getting 42 points, a franchise-record 11 three-pointers, and an NBA-record nine three-pointers in a half from point guard Deron Williams. The Nets and Hawks have split their two games this season and tonight's rubber match is the last matchup between these two teams in this regular season -- though it's very possible that these two teams, currently seeded at fourth and sixth, respectively, will meet in the playoffs.

On hand to answer some questions tonight is Bo Churney of ESPN TrueHoop Affiliate Atlanta Hawks blog HawksHoop. I've asked Bo three questions about the Hawks that'll, hopefully, help give us an idea of how Atlanta's doing these days, and Bo offers a prediction on tonight's contest.

As always, vote above in tonight's iteration of The BK Game Streak for a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards. COOL THINGS.

Onward!

Devin: Obviously, these two teams are intertwined because of the Joe Johnson trade, but the Hawks have hardly skipped a beat without him. Meanwhile, Joe has struggled to play at 100%, outside of some late-game heroics. How has their offense changed this year from past seasons, and do you think the Hawks are better off?

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