The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective

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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective It’s January 15th, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets are 8-31, and Jeremy Lin has played in just 12 games this season. The Nets are behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conferences but they don’t have the distinction of rolling through the next decade with Ben Simmons and Joel […]

Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse?

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Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse? The Brooklyn Nets lost their eighth-straight game Thursday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-95, despite playing without Anthony Davis. The Pelicans finished the game on a 13-1 run and outscored the Nets, 31-16, in the fourth quarter as the Nets scored just one point in the final 3:35. Things […]

Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home

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Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home With each passing game, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Brooklyn Nets, as currently composed, are not long for this world. With teams now able to sign players to 10-day contracts, it appears as if the Nets will be giving plenty of waiver-wire players the […]

#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee

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#TrustTheProcess vs. #TrustTheProgress: A Nets-Sixers Matinee  The Brooklyn Nets are in an absolute freefall and their five-game losing streak has left the Nets with the worst record in the NBA at 8-27. Friday’s 116 -108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers continues an eleven-game streak where the Nets have given up 100 or more points to their […]

Stein: Nets asking for two first-round picks in deal for Brook Lopez

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Finally, perhaps, a bit of clarity. The will they/won’t they saga that is Brook Lopez’s long, long career with the Brooklyn Nets has added a new wrinkle as they’re apparently asking for two first-round draft picks in any deal, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Instantly, the internet and feeds alike were lit by trolls of all […]

First place Cavaliers take on last place Nets

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First Place Cavaliers Take On Last Place Nets Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 PM EST Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM, 660AM In a classic best versus worst scenario, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take their talented lineup to the Barclays Center in hopes of continuing their hot streak, particularly so following […]

The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers

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The Nets look for first win of New Year against the Pacers The Brooklyn Nets’ season is rapidly devolving into an audition to decide who will stick with the team beyond this year. With Philadelphia picking up a win on Tuesday against Minnesota, the Nets now own the worst record in the entire NBA. However, the […]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017 Congratulations, we made it to 2017, somehow, almost inexplicably. Although the world may or may not be on the verge of nuclear annihilation, it’s always important to look back on the year that was and reflect. For the Brooklyn Nets, 2016 was an incredibly trying year […]

Lin looks to upset former team as Nets chase redemption against Charlotte

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Lin looks to upset former team as Nets chase redemption against Charlotte After a soul crushing week that saw Brooklyn get blown out by their rival Toronto Raptors followed by back-to-back beatdowns by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nets get a visit from the current no. four seed in the Eastern Conference. […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II

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by Justis Doucet


Resolution: Keep firing three-pointers, but use your length on the defensive boards to limit second-chance points


The NBA has turned into a shooter's league and that’s no exception for traditional NBA big men. This year, Brook Lopez has extended his range outside the arc, connecting on 37% of his three-pointers this season -- but it's a completely new unearthed skill for the center. Looking back on his career numbers, this adaptation to his game has come out of the blue entirely. Prior to this season, Lopez had shot 31 deep bombs as a career-total; but through 28 games this season alone, he’s hit 57 of 153. 


So, yeah, that's a game-changer for the once-nearly-extinct big man.


To this point, Lopez has often been the difference between a five point loss and a twenty point loss this season for the Nets, which is kind of what we expected. Lopez’s shooting has drastically improved his game too, as he’s able to drag opposing centers out of the paint, which opens it up for either Trevor Booker's insane offensive rebounds or for guards driving to the basket as the opposing shot rim protector must guard Lopez in the corner.


Although Atkinson and Lopez have made the decision for the big man not to really play in back-to-backs, this has obviously hurt the Nets in the win column, but with an eye of long-term health, it's tough to get too upset about that.


Lopez is nearing career-highs in most categories, and his scoring average of 20.5 a game is two-tenths off his career-best. In addition, he has quadrupled his assist numbers over the last two years (0.7 per game to just a hair under 3), a remarkable improvement for a veteran at the center position. With Lopez now scoring from outside, his inside numbers have improved as defenders must cover more space on the floor, seeing as, on top of the 37% three-point percentage, he’s shooting 53% from two-point range -- the third highest mark of his nine-year career.


One thing that Lopez could hope to improve on for the 2017 calendar year is rebounding. You've likely read two trillion (guesstimate) articles about Lopez's poor rebounding numbers and while he's always surrounded by strong players in that category (Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Trevor Booker, etc), he could stand to help out a bit more there. Of course, as he finds himself out by the three-point line more and more, those numbers aren't likely to rise -- but, hey, Lopez can't do it all by himself, so he mostly gets a pass there.

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II [If you missed our first entry in this series — and the trades with the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns — you can check that out over here.] … Considering his current contract — at $20 million a year — runs […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part I

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Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Sure, he just got his soul stolen by Larry Nance Jr, but Brook Lopez seems like a good guy. His voice is low, his hair is big, and he’s a massive nerd, literally and figuratively. He looks like a jocular kinda dude on the court; even […]

And the nightmare week begins… now

23. Toronto Raptors, $35,650,000 DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan

Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time: 7:30pm Location: Air Canada Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS Radio If not the Sixers, then who? That’s the question buzzing in the background of watering holes throughout Brooklyn after the Nets’ road loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. After the loss, Brooklyn burrowed themselves in a tie for the fewest wins in […]