In 11 chances to play on the second half of a Brooklyn Nets back-to-back this season, Kevin Garnett has sat out in four of them. It's part of coach Jason Kidd's plan to rest Garnett during the season, to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
But he'll play tonight against the Chicago Bulls, as expected:
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Teague will wear #12 for Brooklyn.
The trade was first reported over the weekend, but couldn't be completed until league offices re-opened today following the weekend.
Shengelia tweeted out a goodbye to Brooklyn's fans:
— Tornike Shengelia (@TokoShengelia23) January 18, 2014
Teague gives the Nets an emergency third point guard following the team's trade of Tyshawn Taylor to open up a roster spot.
In 19 games this season, Teague has averaged 2.4 points, 1.5 assists and one rebound in 12.7 minutes per game.
At practice Monday afternoon, the Nets learned about Derrick Rose's season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, sending their well-wishes to the Chicago Bulls point guard and former MVP. This is the second straight season that Rose will miss with a knee injury after tearing the ACL in his other knee in the 2012 NBA playoffs, forcing him to sit out the entire 2012-13 season. He played in just ten games this season before going down with the injury.
Deron Williams & Joe Johnson both spoke about the seriousness of Rose's injury. Video after the jump.
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Today and tomorrow, we're going to look at six things we've seen from the Brooklyn Nets in the first six games. Here's part one.
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Brook Lopez, as always, is the first Brooklyn Nets player to address the media. Unlike always, roughly 30-40 media members, complete with television cameras, microphones, cell phone recorders blanket him, in a seemingly endless swarm to hear his thoughts on the game, on Brooklyn's first season, and what could have gone differently. Unlike always, Lopez hasn't had any time to get changed, so all cameras focus on his chest and upwards: below the shirt, Lopez is wearing only a towel.
Lopez sighs before taking the first question. Despite the sea of media, Lopez is as consistent off the court as he is on it. He's been a good soldier all season; he provides media members with the quotes they need and proper angles about playing hard, trusting teammates, providing "the boost," and taking blame even when the blame isn't necessary. He deflects praise. He says he should have done more when his teammates and coach did more than enough. He stares down at his feet, and straight ahead above the crowd of audio gobblers, but rarely directly at someone. He kindly and respectfully answers the same questions, with slightly different wording, from multiple media members. He is Brooklyn's goofy public relations official, and in proper PR fashion, you'll never get him to criticize anyone but himself.
Soon after Lopez finishes talking, the media amoeba huddles around Jerry Stackhouse, primarily because one camera swung in that direction. The hivemind goes where it smells a story, and Stackhouse can provide one; He is Brooklyn's veteran leadership, 38 years old and a principle member of the National Basketball Player's Association, Stackhouse may have something to say that other guys haven't learned yet.
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"I’m proud of this team and we’re going to go into a hostile environment in Brooklyn, and we’re going to win” - Joakim Noah following the Bulls loss in game six. Noah, who had one of the most inspiring games of his career, did just what he said the Bulls would do: win.
For tonight's recap, we're going to break it up into two parts; the first half and the second half, because that's exactly what tonight was for the Brooklyn Nets -- a two-part game.
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No Deng. No Hinrich. At home. Again, no excuses for the #Nets not to get this done. It'll probably be close regardless.
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) May 4, 2013
look who's warming up. twitter.com/uuords/status/…
— devin kharpertian (@uuords) May 4, 2013
— Bobby Yarborough, Jr (@civic_si08) May 5, 2013
Weather the nets win or lose tonight I'm happy where they went, I believe they can win this and give Miami a little Run. Lets do it tonight!
— Blake Greenberg (@GreenbergBlake) May 5, 2013
Nets gotta win tonight so i could watch my heat sweep you guys live in Brooklyn! Haha
— Sir Charles(@CSanichar27) May 5, 2013
No one said it better than John Schuhmann: tonight's Game 7 is a "referendum" on all things Brooklyn and all things Nets. In their first playoff series in the borough, the Nets have a chance to win a Game 7 at home for the first time in Brooklyn history -- and that includes the Dodgers.
In honor of Game 7, here's seven things I'm keeping a close eye on heading into tonight.
Deron Williams signed with the Brooklyn Nets in July knowing that this was coming: perhaps not a Game 6, but an opportunity to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural season in Brooklyn and for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Williams has had a sometimes-scintillating, sometimes-quiet first round: Williams has had two excellent games (1 and 4), three solid games (3, 5, 6), and one awful shooting night (1-9 in Game 2) in this series. He's had a game-defining dunk and disappeared for the better part of an entire half. Williams's performance in Game 7 could be a career-defining moment.
The two-man tandemAndray Blatche and Brook Lopez played 13 minutes together in Game 6 after playing 16 minutes together in three games all series. It was their worst tandem performance of the series -- the team only shot 5-17 with the two on the floor -- but they still outscored the Bulls 24-21. In 49 minutes this series (or basically one full game), the Nets have outscored Chicago 115-74 when Blatche-Lopez share the floor, and have been outscored 509-488 when they don't. The Bulls will play shorthanded again tonight, and Joakim Noah has played 176 playoff minutes on one plantar-fasciitis-plagued foot. P.J. Carlesimo may not alter his starting lineup -- and in a game like this, I don't blame him -- but if there is any time for these two to get as many minutes as possible to pound a weakened Chicago frontline into submission, it's tonight.
The big man
Key to that two-man tandem is Brook Lopez, the team's steadiest contributor all season. He hasn't skipped a beat in the playoffs, scoring 20 points in each of his first five playoff games before a 17-point performance in Game 6. Offensively, Lopez hasn't done anything special or different in these six playoff games: he's finding open space in the paint, backing down Noah in the post (though Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo called curiously fewer post-ups for Lopez in Game 6), and supplementing easy points near the rim and put-backs with his 18-foot jumper. Lopez's defense has been surprising this series: while he's still struggled to defend pick-and-rolls, Lopez has keyed in more defending the paint, and the numbers reflect it: the Bulls shoot 48.2% in the paint with Lopez in the game, compared to 58.7% with him on the bench, and Lopez has had multiple blocks in five of six playoff games (including a seven-block explosion in Game 3).
One indictment of Lopez's defense: through six games, Joakim Noah leads the playoffs with 24 offensive rebounds on one foot. He's taken advantage of weak team defense to slip to the rim for easy points. He's without a doubt been limited -- he's shooting just 38% from the field in the playoffs -- but Noah's been a key cog in non-scoring offense for Chicago.
The Nets need Lopez to do what he's always done, plus just a bit more, to ensure sealing the deal tonight.