Greg Monroe, Paul Pierce

Greg Monroe & the Pistons were just too big for the Nets, winning 111-95. (AP)

Hello Jay-Z. I see you're hanging out around Brooklyn these days. Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Pick up some new gear to freshen up that wardrobe, and maybe a phone case for Beyonce at The Brooklyn Game Store. Your support keeps us going. Hope your next album drops soon.

Here's a roundup of last night's Brooklyn Nets festivities:
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Against the Brooklyn Nets Friday night, Josh Smith did something pretty amazing. With Smith loose on a fast-break, Mirza Teletovic didn't get back in time to defend him, and half-heartedly threw his hand out to contest from a few feet behind.

Unfortunately for Smith, Teletovic's hand hit him square in the face as he was rising up. Unfortunately for Teletovic, Smith was able to slam it home through the contact.

Smith immediately reacted after coming down from the dunk, and Teletovic went over to make sure he was okay. Teletovic was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for hitting Smith above the neck.

I don't know about you, but I think that's an incredible play. Smith got hit in the face, couldn't see, and still put the dunk down. That's a dunk-contest level dunk. Just ask Cedric Ceballos.

 

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson (AP)

The 8-14 Brooklyn Nets, winners of three straight games, take on the 10-13 Detroit Pistons. The Nets play the second half of a back-to-back following a dominant 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night, and will have Deron Williams back for the third straight game. The Pistons have lost their last three straight games, two in blowout fashion.

Starting Lineup: Deron Williams, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans.

Injury Report: Brook Lopez (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back), and Jason Terry (knee) will all sit.

When & Where: 7:30 P.M. EST, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI.
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS 880 AM

 

Paul Pierce, Greg Monroe

Paul Pierce & the Brooklyn Nets look to make it four straight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets don't have to wait long to extend their three-game winning streak: They'll get a chance in Detroit tonight against the 10-13 Detroit Pistons. While the Nets have currently won three games in a row -- the longest current streak in the Eastern Conference! -- the Pistons are running in the opposite direction, having lost three straight by an average of nearly sixteen points per game.

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In a stretch of 12 minutes, the Brooklyn Nets rendered the other 36 irrelevant.

After a solid first half, one of the team's best in many games, the Nets took all of twelve minutes to turn a seven-point lead into a 12-point deficit. They made just five of nineteen shots, committed seven turnovers and seven shooting fouls, and allowed 34 points on 12-18 shooting to the Detroit Pistons, who got scoring contributions from all nine players who took the floor in that timeframe.

The Nets left the third quarter down 78-66, hearing boos from their home crowd at Barclays Center, and began the fourth with an all-bench lineup, wearing white flags disguised as jerseys.

The problems are clear -- the Nets lack energy, effort, and execution in the third quarter. But the answers are more elusive. An exasperated Andray Blatche, who faced his locker while speaking with reporters, couldn't put his finger on it.

"I'm assuming the third quarter, it's just..." Blatche paused, trying to find the right words, letting out a frustrated laugh. "We've just got to focus in. We've got to want it more."

So how do they fix it?
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It's football Sunday, so who's ready to watch the 3-9 Brooklyn Nets take on the 4-8 Detroit Pistons!?

Injuries: Deron Williams (ankle), Brook Lopez (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back), and Jason Terry (knee) are all out.

Nets starting lineup: Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche.

When & Where: 2:00 P.M. EST, Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS 880 AM

Preseason Homecoming

Posted on: October 12th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Andrei Kirilenko, Josh Smith

Andrei Kirilenko (left) may check Josh Smith in new surroundings tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets opened their preseason with an overtime victory over the Washington Wizards, led by Tyshawn Taylor, Mason Plumlee, Jorge Gutierrez, and Mirza Teletovic. You should enjoy that sentence now, because should you ever see it again, you've either accidentally stumbled onto the Springfield Armor website in February or MRSA has crept out of Tampa Bay and infected the Brooklyn Nets rotation players.

Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets play act two of their We Talkin' Bout Preseason Tour, coming home to Brooklyn to play against an NBA opponent for the first time since losing Game 7 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Chicago Bulls on May 4th. They'll take on the Detroit Pistons, possibly the only team in the Eastern Conference to undergo as much of a transformation as Brooklyn this offseason.

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The Nets end their regular season tonight, meaning you've got one more chance to extend your regular-season streak in "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

The game is as simple as it sounds:

1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.) To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. For example: today's line is "Brooklyn will beat Detroit straight up." If you think the Nets will win tonight and end the season 49-33, select "YES." If you think the Pistons will win tonight, dropping the Nets to 48-34, select "NO."

For the record: The Nets are expected to play their starters 18-24 minutes tonight.

2. String together wins and try to get the longest streak of correct predictions before the end of the NBA regular season. Follow game results on the leaderboard on the right sidebar.

At the end of the season, we'll award three prizes to the players with the best three streaks: The Gold Net Trophy (longest streak) and a $200 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to first place, the Silver Net Trophy (second-longest streak) and a $50 Amazon Gift Card to second place, and the Bronze Net Trophy (third-longest streak) $25 Amazon Gift Card and a Bronze Net Trophy to third place.

Read more rules for the contest here.

Good luck!

 

Warm-Ups


(Note: trip is actually 17 days.)

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Deron Williams, making Jose Calderon look silly with the crossover and the jumper. Watch:

 

This hasn't happened much for Brooklyn this season. Which part? Oh, pick one: Deron Williams beating an opposing guard up the floor in transition, Gerald Wallace making a shot at the rim, or the Nets completing an alley-oop.

Nice to see Wallace's athleticism still exists and is getting put to good use. Watch: