The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective

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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective It’s January 15th, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets are 8-31, and Jeremy Lin has played in just 12 games this season. The Nets are behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conferences but they don’t have the distinction of rolling through the next decade with Ben Simmons and Joel […]

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 […]

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight

1. Joe Johnson (3 seasons, 231 games) Joe Johnson has been close to very good, and for the Brooklyn Nets, that’s enough to be the best. Throughout injuries and moping and 141 wins and low-impact playoff runs and four coaches and general disappointment, Joe has been the main reason that it’s not that bad here. While his stats have been as pedestrian as his name­—15.5 points on 43% shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals per game—he has been the closest thing to a superstar the Brooklyn Nets have had for the most cumulative minutes. Deron Williams had a few games, Brook Lopez had a few games, Paul Pierce had his moments, Andray Blatche a few quarters. But Joe Johnson looked the part more often than anyone else. He was the most important player in the Brooklyn Nets' only playoff series win to date, where he beat up on Toronto's young wings like an older brother dominating pool basketball on a summer afternoon. He had the stretch of games in January 2014, starting with the OKC nail-biter that kickstarted Jason Kidd’s redemption run and prevented that second season from becoming too much of a disaster. In general, preventing the Nets from completely falling off has been Joe Jesus' main role. And for the most part, he's succeeded. The Brooklyn Nets are the Large Hadron Collider. I’m not sure what their purpose is, but the people involved claim they are important, and catastrophe always seems imminent. But Joe has been standing by, making sure every decimal point is in the right spot and everyone is wearing their safety goggles. Joe also hit a bunch of clutch shots after arriving in Brooklyn, cementing himself as the guy who kept getting the ball at the end of games. This is surely an anachronistic way to measure achievement (and a fairly nihilistic long-term strategy on the court), but it also says something positive about how the team has perceived Joe's talent and nerves. The guy who keeps getting asked to take the most important shots at the end of games is some sort of superlative, whatever that may be. While not the most advanced way of thinking, this gives Joe some "I know it when I see it" level of superstardom. And with the Brooklyn Nets' lack of actual superstardom, degrees matter. Spiritually, Joe Johnson has been the Nets true mascot—even before the Nets shipped the BrooklyKnight off to the big practice gymnasium in the sky. Coming to the Nets, Joe was couched in a stratospheric contract, six All-Star appearances and the promise of being the second half of a blue chip backcourt. This pedigree positioned him as a gaudy piece of Brooklyn's business model, but Joe ain’t gaudy. Despite his garish contract and any brash claims made by the Nets, Joe has been nothing but an efficient, consistent, blue-collar employee of the Brooklyn franchise. And this has been enough to make him the best player in Brooklyn franchise history. -Andrew Gnerre

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn, will receive video tribute tonight Joe Johnson, who spent the better part of four seasons in black and white, will return to the Barclays Center for the first time as a member of the Utah Jazz. In a classy move, the Brooklyn Nets will honor Johnson with a sweet video […]

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 […]

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 […]

On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets

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On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets The Brooklyn Nets are 4-5. Four wins. Five losses. In their five defeats, the margin has been by five points or less in three of them — including a buzzer-beating loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a […]

2016-2017 Brooklyn Nets Season Preview: Up From Below

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The Brooklyn Nets 2016-2017 Preview: Up From Below “Cause I’ve already suffered, I want you to know God I’m riding on hell’s hot flames, coming up from below.” — Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes Last year, the Brooklyn Nets, by any liberal definition of the word, were an absolute trainwreck. Surely, expectations had plummeted after […]

TBG Player Preview 2016-2017: Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez, center 2015-2016: 33.7 MPG, 20.6 PPG, .511 FG%, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 2.4 TOV, 73 G Who is Brook Lopez? If you’re a reader of The Brooklyn Game, this player is one that doesn’t need introducing. Or, in an even broader stroke, if you’re a fan of the NBA in general, you’re […]

Mazzeo: Atkinson was key component in Nets landing Lin

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Jeremy Lin says that the hiring of head coach Kenny Atkinson was instrumental behind his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, reports Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.  Lin, the Nets’ prize addition of the summer, notes that he had entertained the idea of playing alongside NBA-behemoth Anthony Davis, but they ultimately weren’t offering as much money as the […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin, point guard 2015-2016: 26.3 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.8 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .412 FG%, .336 3PT%, .815 FT%, 78 G Who is Jeremy Lin? Essentially, Jeremy Lin is the NBA’s version of the Rorschach test. To some, the 6’3 point guard is still the player who captivated the imagination of […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Jorge Gutiérrez

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Jorge Gutiérrez, point guard 2015-2016: 5.3 MPG, 1.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 SPG, 0 BPG, .545 FG%, 0 3PT%, .909 FT%, .694 TS%, .545 eFG %, 12 G, 0 GS Who is Jorge Gutiérrez? With less than a month until the start of the NBA regular season, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to solidify their […]

Nine Thoughts To Keep Your Spirits Up Heading Into The 2016-17 Nets Season

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Nine Thoughts To Keep Your Spirits Up Heading Into The 2016-17 Nets Season The opening of NBA training camp is nigh and with it comes a fresh set of expectations… and when it comes to the Brooklyn Nets, who have a total of, er, five holdover players from last year, ‘fresh’ is certainly the operative […]