The Brooklyn Nets will face the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, starting Saturday night at 8 P.M. Today and tomorrow, we'll take a look at how the teams match up.... MORE →
Is Brook Lopez ready for the playoffs?
Reggie Evans laughed.
"Hell yeah." ... MORE →
Season Numbers: 74 G, 74 GS, 30.4 MPG, 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 52.1 FG%, 75.8 FT%, 24.7 PER, 9.0 WS
The debate over what an MVP award means rages and enrages. Some may say that it should go to the best player, while others might argue it should go to the player who is most critical to a team’s success. While the best player, in most cases, is often the most critical to a team’s success, the situation with the Brooklyn Nets this season is somewhat different.
For me, an MVP is someone who changes the team dynamic when on the floor and when taken off, the team is simply not the same. Brook Lopez -- though not as flashy and provocative as most star players in the NBA -- is that player for the Nets this season.... MORE →
One of the biggest knocks on Nets All-Star center Brook Lopez is his inability to rebound, despite being closer to the rim than the vast majority of players on the court. Dylan Murphy of HoopChalk, ESPN TrueHoops X's and O's blog, mined the data to find out why.
What he found, contrary to conventional wisdom... MORE →
Brooklyn Nets franchise point guard Deron Williams clocked in at #17 and All-Star center Brook Lopez came in at #26 on ESPN's #NBARank, ranking the 30 best players in the NBA. Williams had a total score of 7.95, placing him below Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry and in front of the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh. Lopez's score of 7.53 landed him one spot behind Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and directly in front of injured Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who was taken five spots ahead of Lopez in the 2008 NBA draft. In a poll on The Brooklyn Game earlier this season, Brook Lopez was far and away voted the team's MVP.... MORE →
The 43-32 Brooklyn Nets play the 18-58 Charlotte Bobcats in what will be another important game for Brooklyn in terms of playoff seeding. Therefore, you know what that means: another chance to play The BK Game Streak and win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
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 "Deron Williams & Brook Lopez will combine to score 65 or more points." If you think that Deron Williams and Brook Lopez will combine to score 65 or more points, select "YES." If you think that Deron Williams and Brook Lopez will combine to score less than 65 points, select "NO."
For the record: Deron Williams and Brook Lopez's combined points per game averages this season is 37.7 PPG. This season, Deron Williams has scored 30 or more points six times with his season high being a 42 point effort against the Washington Wizards in which he hit 11 of 16 threes. Brook Lopez has scored 30 or more points in three games this season with his season high being a 38 point effort against Dallas just a few weeks ago. In that contest against Dallas, Williams and Lopez combined to score 69 points: the only time this season they have combined for 65 or more points.
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.
Against the Chicago Bulls Thursday night, however, Johnson didn't touch the ball in the final minute, with Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo instead opting to run the offense through Brook Lopez in the post and Deron Williams at the top of the key. This choice didn't faze Johnson, but it didn't work too well with Lopez -- who committed a crucial turnover and missed two shots in that final minute.
Johnson, a veteran to crunch time play, had some advice for the 25-year-old Lopez.... MORE →
Check out the advanced stat box score from last night's 92-90 Brooklyn Nets loss here.
Some final takeaways:
In a phenomenal piece for CBS Sports, Matt Moore sat down with Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, who opened up about the two ways he views the world -- the creative and the analytic -- and how those worlds come together.
Lopez, a former creative writing major at Stanford University who Moore says has "a basketball IQ through the roof," walks Moore through his decision-making with a number of video clips that showcase different facets of Lopez's offensive game.
Here's a snippet... MORE →
Brook Lopez is the antithesis to what we believe a superstar should be. He doesn't look at the game of basketball as life and death. His waking moments don't revolve around watching Synergy or NBA League Pass. He readily admits that he doesn't watch a lot of basketball when he's not working or scouting opponents. You wouldn't accuse him of having a "killer instinct." He's a walking paradox: an awkward, technically sound, brilliant offensive talent, who sometimes seems like he has a passing interest in basketball to fund his comic book collection. He's a better writer than a leaper, and smarter than he lets on with his goofy public persona.
Lopez earned his first trip to the All-Star Game this season as a replacement after an injury kept Rajon Rondo out, and now with the season winding down, there's another award in his sights: a first-team All-NBA selection. The award is voted on by sportswriters and broadcasters (though for some reason they haven't given a vote to stupid Brooklyn Nets fans who started blogging because they couldn't sleep and felt like watching John Wall highlights when I was in college), and Lopez has a shot for a few reasons. Writers may feel anathema voting for Dwight Howard given his off-court issues and team struggles. They may feel that Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan aren't "true" centers, an admittedly silly distinction.
But he's also got a shot for the most important reason: because he deserves it.
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