Nets try to dash Detroit’s Playoff hopes

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Nets try to dash Detroit’s playoff hopes Opponent: Detroit Pistons Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM It was a tough weekend. The Brooklyn Nets lost two close games over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. On Friday, they lost to the Boston Celtics in […]

Nets look to get a win against Dallas

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by Ryan Carbain


Resolution: Pray for health


When Kenny Atkinson took the Brooklyn Nets' head coach vacancy, he knew it'd be a tough task -- but it's not clear if he signed up for the league's worst record. 


While the Nets have improved their once plodding pace (they currently run at the fastest pace in the league), and transitioned to an offense with a much more modern shot distribution, they rank near the bottom in the league in offensive rating (26th). 


The defense has been even worse, as they rank 27th in efficiency at a miserable 101.3 clip -- so what gives?


Of course, most of this is due to injury, particularly so to that of Jeremy Lin. No one could have predicted that Isaiah Whitehead would play the most minutes at point guard this season come 2017 and, unfortunately, there's no end in sight. And in other instances, players have been unable to convert the open looks or handle their defensive assignments at all. 


While Atkinson's squad has a reputation of a team that plays hard, I doubt that's good enough for the rookie head coach. 


There are positives to the coach's' tenure thus far, that is certain. The Nets' offense has emerged from the dark ages and he's been especially successful in procuring solid minutes from players like Joe Harris, Anthony Bennett, and the aforementioned Whitehead -- all of whom would be at the end of another franchise's bench. 


For a resolution, Atkinson should pray for a healthy team (or at least a healthy point guard), consider tinkering with a leaky defensive scheme that asks too much of the team's slow-footed big men, and stick with the general program. The goal of this season is developing players and schemes for the future and, on that front, the team has at least seen a little bit of success.

Opponent: Dallas Mavericks Time: 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM   The luck of the Irish prevailed on St. Patrick’s Day as the Brooklyn Nets couldn’t close out in the final moments of Friday’s contest against the Boston Celtics and fell, 98-95. Despite a […]

The Nets Look To Spoil St. Patrick’s Day For Isaiah-less Celtics

Brook Lopez blocks a shot by Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller during the third quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Opponent: Boston Celtics Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, CSNE Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets will take another crack at winning consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics. Coming off of their 121-110 victory at Madison […]

Nets get a taste of Yogi-Mania for the first time in Dallas

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  Time: 09:00 PM EST Location: American Airlines Center Watch: YES Network/ Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM After failing to close out against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets end its circus road trip Friday against Dirk Nowitzki and the hosting Dallas Mavericks. Even though Nowitzki became the sixth player to score 30,000 […]

The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals With the NBA deadline swiftly approaching, the Brooklyn Nets find themselves at the bottom of the league with a putrid 9-47 record. The team has been sellers at the deadline already with Bojan Bogdanovic on the move and more to possibly come. The potential moves will do […]

The loss of Yogi Ferrell is a swing and a miss, not a strikeout for Nets

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The loss of Yogi Ferrell is a swing and a miss, not a strikeout for Nets If you’re reading this, you’ll likely all too familiar with the 10-day contract and how it has both benefitted and hurt the Brooklyn Nets since Sean Marks took over the general manager position about one year ago. The 10-day […]

Long Island Nets Prospect Rankings: No Use Crying Over Spilled Yogi

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Long Island Nets Prospect Rankings: No Use Crying Over Spilled Yogi Given how much of the East Coast woke up on Saturday to the news that Yogi Ferrell, the undrafted point guard the Brooklyn Nets cut twice in three months, erupted for 32 points on 9 three-pointers, there’s been much upheaval and ho-humming about the franchise’s […]

Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home

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Hopeless Nets look to stave off Hawks at home With each passing game, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Brooklyn Nets, as currently composed, are not long for this world. With teams now able to sign players to 10-day contracts, it appears as if the Nets will be giving plenty of waiver-wire players the […]

Nets waive Bennett, sign Acy to 10-day contract

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by Justis Doucet


Resolution: Make a difference when he is given time, play gritty basketball


While Anthony Bennett hasn’t been involved in every Nets game this season, he’s impacted the ones he played in. Bennett, the former no. one overall pick, has struggled to stick with teams, and the Nets are his fourth in four years. However, this year, he’s been given opportunities and, mostly, succeeded in them, particularly so when considering his dirt-cheap contract. 


Playing about 12 minutes per game, right around his career average, Bennett is shooting 56% from inside, more than 12% better than any of his other three seasons; and his 5 points per game average ties a career-high from 2014 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Bennett has not played in the Nets' last three games, but, previous to that, scored 11 points in 14 minutes against Cleveland on for 4 for 8 shooting. In Brook Lopez’s absence, Bennett even started a game this season on December 3rd against Milwaukee. In 23 minutes, a season-high, Bennett scored 7 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- a strong line for the once-forgotten youngster. 


For Bennett, it’s just a matter of contributing to the team when the opportunity is handed to him, as he sits fourth on the big man depth chart behind Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Justin Hamilton.

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Anthony Bennett, the team announced on Monday morning. To fill the open roster spot, Marc Stein of ESPN reports that they’ll sign Quincy Acy out of the D-League to a 10-day contract. Even with the Nets falling further out of playoff content each game and Chris McCullough glued to the D-League, Bennett […]

And the nightmare week begins… now

23. Toronto Raptors, $35,650,000 DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan

Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time: 7:30pm Location: Air Canada Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS Radio If not the Sixers, then who? That’s the question buzzing in the background of watering holes throughout Brooklyn after the Nets’ road loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. After the loss, Brooklyn burrowed themselves in a tie for the fewest wins in […]

Nets-Sixers — what else is there to say?

Bojan Bogdanovic Per-Game Statistics: 79 G, 39 GS, 26.8 MIN, 11.2 PTS, 3.2 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.1 BLK, 1.5 TOV, .433 FG%, .382 3PT%, .833 FT%, .519 eFG%, .550 TS%, 10.7 PER After a strong second half to close the 2014-15 season, many fans felt optimistic that Bogdanovic would take the next step forward in his NBA career. Whatever the reason was (sophomore slump, Lionel Hollins’s system, waning confidence), the second year Bosnian was very disappointing during the first half of the season. Certainly his performance improved post All-Star break, but there were still inconsistencies in his offensive game and limitations on the defensive side of the court that make you wonder if can truly be a cornerstone piece of a competitive team. For every 20-point output (or the 44-point explosion against Philadelphia) there seems to be a 2-12 dud just waiting to happen. At 26 years old, maybe this is just who he is as a player -- an inconsistent, streaky shooter. -Jonathan Griggs

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Time: 6:00pm EST Location: Wells Fargo Center Watch:YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM 660AM  The Brooklyn Nets look to get their eighth win of the season, taking on a Philadelphia 76ers team that is one of two teams that has fewer wins than the Nets. (Yes, that other team happens to be […]

Jeremy Lin returns as Nets battle James Harden and the Houston Rockets

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Opponent: Houston Rockets Time: 8:00 PM EST Location: Toyota Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM He’s back! It’s not quite Michael Jordan wearing number 45 on his back but the Brooklyn Nets key free agent signing has returned. Point guard Jeremy Lin will play tonight against the 17-7 Houston Rockets, which should be […]