Monta Ellis, Mirza Teletovic

Over, and over, and over again. (AP)

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Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities:
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Paul Pierce left the Boston Celtics this summer after sixteen years with the franchise, the last seven with mercurial but sorcerous point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo's known for a variety of moves and abilities, but likely none more common than his famous fake, palming the ball behind his back as a fake to shift the defender backwards before slithering past, usually for a layup.

Rondo didn't invent the Rondo, he only popularized it. So Pierce, now with the Nets, probably didn't learn the Rondo from Rondo. But he still pulled off a hell of a Rondo against the Dallas Mavericks. Watch above.

Can the Nets win a ring?

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Max Weisberg Comments

 

Better Know: Dallas Mavericks

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Today's installment of Better Know An Opponent focuses on the Dallas Mavericks. Let's take a look.... MORE →

 

The magical day is finally upon us: the 2013 NBA Draft kicks off at Barclays Center tonight at 7 P.M. The Brooklyn Nets currently hold the 22nd pick in the draft, but having one pick has never stopped them from drafting more than one player. Here are five predictions for tonight's draft.

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Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban, impersonating a rattlesnake. (AP)

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is no stranger to transparency when it comes to his feelings about other teams (or referees), and when asked about the Brooklyn Nets, he reiterated that he feels blessed that his team, unlike the Nets, is not in such a precarious financial position.... MORE →

 

Kings Nets Basketball

P.J. Carlesimo (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks have one of the more awkwardly formed rivalries in basketball: the two only play twice per year, but are connected at the free agency hip because of Deron Williams's decision to spurn Dallas and re-sign with Brooklyn for a maximum five years and $98 million. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who never met a quote he didn't like, noted to reporters before Wednesday night's Mavericks-Nets game (while working out) that Deron Williams was "old, old, old news," and that he was pleased with the Mavericks' flexibility going forward without a maximum contract like Williams bogging their future down.

Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo heard about Cuban's insistence that the Mavericks were better off without Williams, and had some choice words in return... MORE →

 

Check out the advanced box score from last night's 113-96 Nets victory over the Mavericks here.

A few takeaways from last night's game:

  • First and foremost: Check out these two shot charts.

    Pretty similar, right? The first is Lopez's shot chart in his game last season in Dallas, when he put up 38 points in a 93-92 victory. The second is Lopez's short chart from last night's game in Dallas. Lopez took care of offensive business in nearly the exact same fashion: hanging around the rim, shooting just one or two jumpers, and dismantling Dallas's interior defense with cuts to the basket and post-ups that Chris Kaman didn't know how to defend. Too bad they won't face off in the playoffs.

  • Similarly encouraging: Lopez's 11 rebounds, 18% rebound rate, and seven big offensive rebounds. The Nets and Mavericks shot nearly identically from the field -- 50.6% from Brooklyn, 50% from Dallas -- but the Nets picked up nine more field goal attempts, many thanks to those second chances created by Lopez.

  • I've said it in this space before, but it bears repeating: Deron Williams being great is starting to get mundane and I love it. He got a bit lucky hitting consecutive midrange jumpers in the fourth quarter, but Branch Rickey once said that luck is the residue of design. So, solid design, Deron Williams. A 31-point game in his hometown, a continued trend upward of shots at or near the rim, and another solid game from beyond the arc? Good start to this road trip.

  • Mark Cuban's struggle face is now my new favorite face:
    Mark Cuban Struggle Face

    I do not have the ability to make GIFs. I'm counting on you, internet.

  • Another exciting thing: the Nets were down 10 after the first quarter and won by 17. That type of comeback never happened in previous years. You could often tell the direction of a Nets game after the first 12 minutes, and if they went down 10 last season after one they'd basically pack it up. Not anymore.

  • Worth noting that the Mavericks attacked Lopez and Blatche inside -- as most teams do -- but shot a below-average mark from within five feet (14/26). Usually I think that Lopez is a good man defender in the post but struggles on help; last night I thought the opposite was true.

  • Andray Blatche scored 14 points, all in the second quarter on perfect 6-6 shooting, because Andray Blatche is an indescribable maniac. He hit a fadeaway over Dirk Nowitzki and the space-time continuum began to rip.

  • Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks were the first two players off the bench (with Keith Bogans), played about a two-minute stretch in the first quarter... and then sat until garbage time. Neither player did anything of consequence in either stretch.

  • The Big 3 of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez was a +13 in seven minutes when they shared the floor with Role Star Hip Hop and three-point/defensive wing specialist Keith Bogans. I'M JUST SAYING.

  • Reggie Evans rebounded 42% of all live rebounds and 66% of all defensive rebounds available when he was on the floor. The league average is 10%. Yawn.

 

Warm-Ups

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After the Brooklyn Nets downed the Dallas Mavericks 113-96, led by Brook Lopez's 38 points and 11 rebounds, Brook Lopez earned the coveted "lean down to try to hear what YES Network sideline reporter Sarah Kustok is asking after the game" award. Vince Carter, recognizing Lopez's greatness, couldn't let him make it easy. Watch:

 

Grade the Game At Any Time!

Tonight: The 39-28 Brooklyn Nets travel to home-area of star point guard Deron Williams to take on the 32-35 Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Nets are on the second game of their eight-game road trip after blowing out the Detroit Pistons 119-82 in Detroit Monday night, while the Mavericks kick off a six-game homestand after beating the Hawks in Atlanta 127-113 Monday.

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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan Ruocco and Mike Fratello are on the call. The game is also broadcast on ESPN. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

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