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

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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 […]

Nets look to end the losing streak against the post-Boogie Sacramento Kings

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Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Golden 1 Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM After spending three days off in California, the Brooklyn Nets will continue their eight-game circus road trip on Wednesday, facing the Sacramento Kings. It will be the Nets’ only trip to Sacramento this season, their first […]

Well, this is going to happen, right? Nets against Warriors is inevitable

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Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Oracle Arena Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660 AM/ 101.9 FM One team sits at 9-48, while the other stands with the best record in the NBA at 48-9. Still, the game must be played. The Nets are coming off a horrid 129-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets last night. […]

How’d We Get Here: Andrew Nicholson

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How’d We Get Here: Andrew Nicholson Andrew Nicholson is the YMCA The biggest Brooklyn Nets move in the 2017 deadline bonanza was the Bojan Bogdanovic trade, but perhaps not for the reason you might think. The Nets’ second-leading scorer was traded to the Washington Wizards, along with Chris McCullough, for their upcoming first rounder, Marcus Thornton, […]

Nets look to limp into All-Star Break with some remaining dignity

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Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM As the All-Star Break looms, the Brooklyn Nets will look to snap their 13-game losing streak against the hot-and-cold Milwaukee Bucks, who currently sit at 24-30, just outside of the playoffs. Still searching for their first home win […]

Stein: Nets asking for two first-round picks in deal for Brook Lopez

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Finally, perhaps, a bit of clarity. The will they/won’t they saga that is Brook Lopez’s long, long career with the Brooklyn Nets has added a new wrinkle as they’re apparently asking for two first-round draft picks in any deal, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Instantly, the internet and feeds alike were lit by trolls of all […]

Happy Birthday, Kenyon Martin!

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Happy Birthday to Kenyon Martin, 39, who stands as one of the most exciting players in New Jersey Nets franchise history. Martin was the no. 1 overall pick by the Nets out of the University of Cincinnati in the 2000 NBA Draft and is the reason why many Nets fans are fans today — including […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II

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by Justis Doucet


Resolution: Keep firing three-pointers, but use your length on the defensive boards to limit second-chance points


The NBA has turned into a shooter's league and that’s no exception for traditional NBA big men. This year, Brook Lopez has extended his range outside the arc, connecting on 37% of his three-pointers this season -- but it's a completely new unearthed skill for the center. Looking back on his career numbers, this adaptation to his game has come out of the blue entirely. Prior to this season, Lopez had shot 31 deep bombs as a career-total; but through 28 games this season alone, he’s hit 57 of 153. 


So, yeah, that's a game-changer for the once-nearly-extinct big man.


To this point, Lopez has often been the difference between a five point loss and a twenty point loss this season for the Nets, which is kind of what we expected. Lopez’s shooting has drastically improved his game too, as he’s able to drag opposing centers out of the paint, which opens it up for either Trevor Booker's insane offensive rebounds or for guards driving to the basket as the opposing shot rim protector must guard Lopez in the corner.


Although Atkinson and Lopez have made the decision for the big man not to really play in back-to-backs, this has obviously hurt the Nets in the win column, but with an eye of long-term health, it's tough to get too upset about that.


Lopez is nearing career-highs in most categories, and his scoring average of 20.5 a game is two-tenths off his career-best. In addition, he has quadrupled his assist numbers over the last two years (0.7 per game to just a hair under 3), a remarkable improvement for a veteran at the center position. With Lopez now scoring from outside, his inside numbers have improved as defenders must cover more space on the floor, seeing as, on top of the 37% three-point percentage, he’s shooting 53% from two-point range -- the third highest mark of his nine-year career.


One thing that Lopez could hope to improve on for the 2017 calendar year is rebounding. You've likely read two trillion (guesstimate) articles about Lopez's poor rebounding numbers and while he's always surrounded by strong players in that category (Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Trevor Booker, etc), he could stand to help out a bit more there. Of course, as he finds himself out by the three-point line more and more, those numbers aren't likely to rise -- but, hey, Lopez can't do it all by himself, so he mostly gets a pass there.

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II [If you missed our first entry in this series — and the trades with the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns — you can check that out over here.] … Considering his current contract — at $20 million a year — runs […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part I

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Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Sure, he just got his soul stolen by Larry Nance Jr, but Brook Lopez seems like a good guy. His voice is low, his hair is big, and he’s a massive nerd, literally and figuratively. He looks like a jocular kinda dude on the court; even […]

Nets look for semblance of hope against the lowly Denver Nuggets

Will Barton


A former five-star high school recruit thought to have loads of untapped potential, Barton was mostly ineffective in limited minutes for Portland, but flourished in Denver following a midseason trade to the Nuggets. Barton excels at running in transition, and at 6’6", he has the size to defend three positions. But he’s not much of a shooter, hitting just 28% of his three-pointers in Denver, and he’s not quite good enough on defense to compensate. 


Barton is reportedly a favorite of Nuggets GM Tim Connelly, but the Nets may be able to lure him away if the Nuggets want to keep a clean cap sheet.

Nets look for semblance of hope against the lowly Denver Nuggets The Brooklyn Nets fell to 5-15 on the season after faltering late against the Washington Wizards on Monday, despite a good effort from Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Of course, the defeat meant their third-straight loss in a row and that they’re are […]

The ABCs of Thanksgiving

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The ABCs of Thanksgiving  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the ABCs of the Brooklyn Nets just under one month into the season. Sure, it’s been rough, at times, and unfortunate, of course, that Jeremy Lin has missed so much time already — but with a renewed […]