On the latest episode of #BKConnect, Rod Boone, Chris Shearn, and myself discuss Jason Kidd's decision to dismiss Lawrence Frank, the emergence of Mirza "Fearza" Teletovic, and whether or not Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce can coexist when Pierce returns from his broken hand injury. Mostly watch it for my impeccable fashion sense and shaving strategy.
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The Nets made colossal moves this summer expected to alter the Eastern Conference landscape, acquiring future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics and transforming their lineup into a potential championship contender.
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The Brooklyn Nets travel tonight to Milwaukee to face the only team perhaps more broken than them in the Eastern Conference: the 4-15 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks enter tonight with the league's worst offense, and their best player (Larry Sanders) sidelined after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. They're led instead by guard O.J. Mayo, who's averaging 14.9 points in 31.4 minutes per game on 41.3 percent shooting.
The Bucks are one of the league's worst teams at converting high-percentage shots. They're shooting 55.1 percent on shots in the restricted area, second-worst in the NBA, and have shot the second-fewest corner three-point attempts in the league. Mayo is front and center there: the team's leading scorer has shot a putrid 45.6 percent from within five feet, well below the league average.
But it's not the inside the Nets should worry about, particularly given their poor perimeter defense as of late. The Bucks have three rotation players (Khris Middleton, Mayo, Gary Neal) shooting over 40 percent from three-point range,
They also employ rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, and his giant hands:
It's been a difficult road as of late for these Brooklyn Nets, who fell to 5-14 after a crushing 113-83 loss to their cross-borough rival New York Knicks in their home building. Chants of "Garnett Sucks!" and "Let's Go Knicks!" peppered throughout the building, and when PA announcer David Diamante implored the crowd to stand up, he was met with a chorus of boos from the split crowd.
The Knicks loss was the second straight for Brooklyn, their sixth straight at home, and their ninth in the last eleven games. They'll be without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry once again. Their lineup is depleted, their offense lacks identity, and their defense is broken. The Nets are hurtling towards rock bottom faster than gravity allows.
But the Milwaukee Bucks, on the second half of a back-to-back following an overtime game, may be just the medicine for their struggles.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Somewhat unprompted, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd opened his press conference talking about the Knicks woes from outside, establishing to reporters that the team had a gameplan to beat the New York Knicks in the cross-bridge battle. Indeed, the Nets had a clear directive, one that they didn't shy from in the postgame. They wanted the Knicks, who entered the game shooting just 32 percent from three-point range (third-worst in the league), to beat them from outside.
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On Thursday, the 3-13, ultra-disappointing New York Knicks will come to Brooklyn to battle 5-13, ultra-disappointing Brooklyn Nets in the first of four battle of the
bads boroughs set for this season. How does the outcome impact each of these two downtrodden franchises exactly?
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The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks face off tonight in what's widely considered the worst Nets-Knicks game of all time. Just how bad is it? Here's some facts we found on tonight's matchup.
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