Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh receives an entry pass about fifteen feet from the basket on the left side of the floor. The Heat, up seven with plenty of time left in the game and on the shot clock, all stack up on the other side of the floor, giving Bosh all the space he needs to operate on his defender, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.... MORE →
Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez run a fast break on the Mavericks in the first quarter ending with a "man's jam" from Lopez.
Brook Lopez is known primarily as a scorer; his ability to pile up points in both boring and innovative ways is inarguably his strongest trait as a basketball player. Against twin brother Robin Lopez, Brook didn't have any trouble doing what he does best, but also contributed across the board. Lopez passed out of double-teams and in the middle of post moves in ways we've rarely seen from the big man, and was a constant shot-altering force in the paint (something YES color commentator Mike Fratello noted numerous times).
When the night was done, the Brooklyn Nets escaped with a victory, and Brook Lopez had produced one of his most well-rounded statlines: 20 points on 9-14 (64%) shooting, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, and a steal in 31 minutes of play.
Watch some of Lopez's finer moments below.
The 33-24 Brooklyn Nets take on the 20-37 New Orleans Hornets tonight in New Orleans for the first time this season, making the Hornets the second-last team to take on the Nets all season. (The Mavericks face them twice in March). This should be a fun game to watch, even though the Hornets aren't very good, because of the many ways the big men should (and have) intertwine(d) with Nets center Brook Lopez. We could have a weird one on our hands tonight.
Here's three Brook Lopez-related relationships to watch tonight:... MORE →
"This situation, I created the situation and it's not a good situation. I worry about it that I need to address it and I worry about it that I need to watch what I do going forward. I don't worry about it that Brook will let it bother him or Brook will hold a grudge or anything like that.
Lopez has sat the entire fourth quarter in three of the past four games in favor of backup center Andray Blatche, save a few seconds in one of those games. Lopez is averaging 30.3 minutes per game on the season, down from his career average of 34.1 before this year.
Through a round of tweets produced by Nets beat writers as well as the Nets-PR account, updates were given about both player health, how Brook Lopez feels about facing his brother, as well as the controversial late-game coaching decisions made in last night's loss to Memphis:
Joe Johnson practiced with the team today. Listed as questionable for tomorrow at NO... Stackhouse is NWT- personal.
— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) February 25, 2013
D-Will said the calf is ok and he will be in there tomorrow night #Nets
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) February 25, 2013
#BrooklynNets PJ Carlesimo admits the whole sitting Brook Lopez in fourth has not been the best idea he's had
— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) February 25, 2013
In addition to the injury and coaching updates, Fred Kerber tweets that when asked about how Brook Lopez feels about facing his twin brother Robin, Brook responded by saying "worst player in the NBA." We assume (hope?) he is only joking. In the 5 games in which the twins have gone head to head, Brook's team is 1-4; though Brook's team has struggled, he himself has not -- in those 5 games Brook averages 16.8 PPG, 8.8 REB while shooting 51% from the field. Robin averages a solid 9.8 PPG while shooting 68% from the field.
It is also unknown whether Joe Johnson will suit up in New Orleans, but ESPN.com's Mike Mazzeo tweets that P.J. Carlesimo sounds optimistic that the 6-time All-Star will ultimately play.
I'm not sure if this is the first Brooklyn Nets alley-oop of the season -- Stefan Bondy says it's #3 -- but it sure does feel like the first. Deron Williams finds Brook Lopez, goodness ensues. Watch:
This was fun.
Before we get into today's preview, I'm excited to announce a new season-long contest we have today, courtesy of B3TZ Sports: The BK Game Streak!
The game is as simple as it sounds:
1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. For example: in today's contest, if you think the Nets will win by five or more points, select "YES." If you think they'll win by four or less, or lose, select "NO." Earn a win for every correct pick. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.)
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.
Read more rules for the contest here.
Good luck! Now, onto tonight's contest.
Three Things to Watch in Nets-Bucks
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Though it hasn't always been good, the first half of the first season in Brooklyn Nets history has been nothing if not interesting. A franchise-record start led by Jerry Stackhouse and Reggie Evans, a Coach of the Month fired less than a month later, a sudden resurgence led by an interim coach nobody expected to last long, an inevitable slide, a first-time All-Star voted in only after being snubbed... It's been a roller-coaster ride worthy of Coney Island.
As we slide into the All-Star Break with the Nets all but assured a playoff spot and still very much in the hunt for first place in the Atlantic Division, it only makes sense that we take our game-by-game feature -- grading the game -- and stretch it across the season. In honor of the first half, what follows are midseason grades for each Brooklyn Nets player, plus interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Enjoy. (Or don't. Don't let me tell you what to do.)
|Start: Andray Blatche|
Watch Brook Lopez show off his All-Star talents: first with a running hook, then a ridiculous turnaround fadeaway.