Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

Expect another dogfight. (AP)

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.

Start Here: Deron Williams vs. Jason Kidd

Full list:
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


With the Brooklyn Nets missing Brook Lopez, Avery Johnson turned to Andray Blatche to fill his comically sized shoes in the starting lineup, and it's paid enormous dividends. In his four starts, Blatche has averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in just 31 minutes per game on 54% shooting from the floor. He's also picked up eight steals (four in last night's Golden State game) while only committing five turnovers.

Andray Blatche has been a revelation, and it's precisely because of his success that Brook Lopez can't come back any faster. Because it's not losing Lopez from the first unit that's hurt the Nets -- it's losing Blatche from the second.
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Brooklyn Nets: Glen Davis, Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans,

Stuntin', Squeezin', Blitzin', Swarmin'. (AP/John Raoux)

Quiz for you -- do you know which four players have been the most productive Brooklyn Nets players when they share the court together (minimum 50 minutes played together)?

Hint: Deron Williams isn't one of them. Neither is Brook Lopez, or Gerald Wallace.

Give up?

How about C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, and Andray Blatche?

With those four together on the floor, the Brooklyn Nets outscore their opponents by 29.5 points per 48 minutes. And second place? C.J. Watson, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Evans, and Andray Blatche, outscoring opponents by 27.6 points per 48 minutes. With Joe Johnson often acting as its anchor, The self-proclaimed Bench Mob has been most effective Brooklyn Nets unit this season.

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Jared Sullinger Boston Celtics, Reggie Evans Brooklyn Nets

Reggie Evans was one cog in the BK Bench Mob machine. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON, M.A. -- Bench mob proper.

In a game where two starters were ejected by the end of the first half, another played just seventeen minutes due to foul trouble, and a fourth missed 9 of his 12 shots, it was once again the self-proclaimed BK Bench Mob that led the charge for a Brooklyn Nets 95-83 victory, nearly from start to finish.

By the numbers: the bench outscored the starters 51-44, shot 52% from the field, grabbed over half the team's rebounds, and picked off seven steals. But a cursory look at the statistics doesn't do it enough justice; the team just looked good with the bench in, with each player delineated to a specific role on the floor, and each player executing -- perhaps not always to success, but usually to a successful process. Andray Blatche attacked the offensive glass, looking to score easy buckets at the rim. Reggie Evans did the Reggie Evans, and if you don't know what the Reggie Evans is you better ask Reggie Evans.

Jerry Stackhouse. Jerry Mr. Incredible Stackhouse... MORE →


Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

CP3 & Blake come to town to take on D-Will & the Brooklyn Nets tonight. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Tonight, the 8-3 Los Angeles Clippers come to Brooklyn to take on the 6-4 Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The Nets are coming back from a 1-2 west coast trip. There's more than enough storylines to go around for this game: Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams in the battle of the NBA's best point guards in 2010 (sorry D-Will), Blake Griffin and Kris Humphries always go at each other, Brook Lopez & DeAndre Jordan are two opposite forces at center... It figures as a really interesting, good game.

Joining me to talk about tonight's matchup is Charlie Widdoes, Clippers expert, Brooklyn resident, and blogger for the incomparable ESPN TrueHoop Los Angeles Clippers blog Clipperblog. As usual, I'll ask Charlie three questions burning on my mind about his Clippers franchise, and in turn Charlie gets answers to three of his own questions about the Brooklyn Nets.


Charlie on the Los Angeles Clippers

Devin: The Clippers have looked like one of the best teams in the NBA thus far. Has this team played at, above, or below your expectations?... MORE →


Andray Blatche Brooklyn Nets, Thomas Robinson Sacramento Kings

Bench Mob Godfather. (AP/Rich Pedroncelli)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Brooklyn Nets had flat games from their three best players and still won. The Brooklyn Nets had limited minutes and mobility from their fourth-best player, and still won. The Brooklyn Nets were out-rebounded handily, and still won. The Brooklyn Nets got destroyed in the second half by opposing center DeMarcus Cousins, withstood a barrage of rim-rattlers and absurd low-percentage shots going in one rim for Sacramento and out the other for Brooklyn, shot 5-17 from beyond the arc… and still won, and outside of another awkward third-and-beginning-of-fourth quarter, won somewhat handily, with a 99-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

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From Mike Mazzeo of

According to Andray Blatche, the Brooklyn Nets' reserves are going to be called the "Bench Mob."

You've probably heard that nickname before. (See: 2011-12 Chicago Bulls).

But Blatche claims to have been the originator of the "Bench Mob" nickname when he was with the Washington Wizards.

"That came from me ... I started it. I'm the Godfather of it. It's me. Ain't no C.J. Watson with the Chicago Bulls. It's me," Blatche said.

Sure ... but the Bulls ... and C.J. ...

"He didn't bring that from Chicago," Blatche said. "Don't you dare say that came from Chicago. It came from me in D.C. with the other team I was with."

Fair enough.

I'm not sold on Bench Mob as a nickname, though there is something quite Andray Blatche about self-proclaiming himself the Godfather of it. Some ideas (some gleefully stolen): Da Bench, The Notorious B.E.N.C.H., Brooklyn's Benchcourt, The Bench Press, Benchpire. Most of these are terrible. We have a poll over there on the right -- chime in, or let us know your suggestions.

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