The Top 10 Nets Game-Winners In Franchise History

New Jersey Nets guard Vince Carter confers with teammates while facing the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 121-96 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, March 16, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

There are few moments in sports as exhilarating as a game-winner. If your team wins, you feel nothing but pure, unadulterated happiness. If your team loses, well the less said about that the better — I still haven’t forgiven Jimmy Butler. The great thing about every single one of these shots is that it didn’t […]

Nets Look For Season Sweep Against The Suns

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Opponent: Phoenix Suns Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: WCBS 880 AM The month of March has sparked a fire in the Brooklyn Nets. Not only did Brook Lopez hit a game-winning, fade-away jumper Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons, but the Nets are 5-7 since the calendar […]

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 take the sting out of the Hornets on the road

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Time: 7:00 PM EST Location: Spectrum Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets are looking to snap a 9-game losing streak, which coincidentally started after snapping an 11-game losing streak in New Orleans. The last time the Nets picked up a win on the road against an Eastern […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nets waive Ferrell, sign Dinwiddie to partially guaranteed 3-year deal

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The Brooklyn Nets have signed point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially guaranteed three-year contract that last played for the Chicago Bulls this season, the team announced. The new signing comes just a few hours after waiving rookie guard Yogi Ferrell, thus opening up a free roster spot. Dinwiddie has appeared in forty-six career NBA […]

Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring

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Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring First and foremost, the Brooklyn Nets dearly miss Jeremy Lin, that much is clear. The summer starlet will miss his eighth-straight game this afternoon, officially spilling over the initial two-week prognosis he was given after straining his hamstring on November 2nd against the Detroit Pistons. Understandably, supporters have […]

The Nets take on Booker, Bledsoe, and the young Suns.

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The Nets take on Booker, Bledsoe, and the young Suns. Opponent: Phoenix Suns Time: 9:00pm EST Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena Watch: YES Network/Fox Sports GO Listen: WFAN 660AM 101.9FM The Brooklyn Nets will look to land their first road victory of the year as they face the Phoenix Suns (3-6) after a long homestand. […]

The Lin-less Nets try to plug the hole at point guard against the Hornets

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The Lin-less Nets try to plug the hole at point guard against the Hornets Opponent: Charlotte Hornets Time: 7:30 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN The Brooklyn Nets picked up their second win of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, 109-101, behind the dominant play of Brook Lopez and the continued […]

Nets announce that Jeremy Lin is out for two weeks with strained hamstring

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Well, just when you thought things were looking up: On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that point guard Jeremy Lin would be out for two weeks after straining his hamstring against the Detroit Pistons. Jeremy Lin Medical Update: pic.twitter.com/dG4G6CDjcm — Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 3, 2016 Lin, who was the Nets’ big free agent signing […]

Nets look to get back on track against Andre Drummond and the Pistons

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Nets look to get back on track against Andre Drummond and the Pistons Opponent: Detroit Pistons Time: 7:30PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN If the Brooklyn Nets want an early measuring stick/divining rod for what the rest of this season is going to look like, Wednesday night’s tilt against the Detroit Pistons […]