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 […]

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 […]

Nets look to get revenge against the Bucks and their buzzer-beating tip-in

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Nets look to get revenge against the Bucks and their buzzer-beating tip-in Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Time: 7:30pm Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM How long does the miraculous last? That will be the question tonight at Barclays Center as both the hometown Brooklyn Nets and visiting Milwaukee Bucks are coming off […]

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 […]

Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks

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Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center Time: 8:00 EST Watch: Yes Network/Fox Sports go Listen: 660 AM WFAN 101.9 FM Spirits are high for the Brooklyn Nets following their first official win under head coach Kenny Atkinson, as well as their […]

Bojan Bogdanovic on Team World for Rising Stars Challenge

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It’s hard to imagine anyone from the Nets headed to Toronto for the All-Star Game, but at least one player will make the trip up for a secondary challenge. Second-year guard Bojan Bogdanovic will join Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge to be held on Friday night of All-Star Weekend, as the […]

Jason Kidd Won — Again

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It was less than two years ago that Jason Kidd sat on a manufactured podium in the Barclays Center atrium, a smile as wide as his passing vision, basking in a round of applause from fans — and some media members — upon his official introduction as Brooklyn Nets coach. That day, it seemed like […]

Nets primed for battle, but Jason Kidd won the war

The once-promising Milwaukee Bucks find themselves in the midst of a late-season skid. Since a trade deadline shakeup that sent the resurgent Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns for a bevy of young, former first-round picks, the Bucks offense has collapsed. A team that once seemed a lock for the playoffs finds itself on shaky […]

Nets, you probably should have kept Jason Kidd

It’s sort of hard to watch the Bucks and not constantly think, Well, they certainly made the wrong choice, didn’t they? You all know the story. On June 29, 2014, Jason Kidd, then head coach of the Nets, lost a power struggle between himself and Billy King, and the Russians sent him packing to Milwaukee […]

Nets face tough task against the Bucks’ stingy defense

The Nets (21-29) played one of their worst games of the season in Washington Saturday night; relinquishing 65 points in the paint while shooting just 33.8 percent from the field en route to a lackluster and uninspired 114-77 loss to the Wizards. The defeat came on the hind end of their twelfth back-to-back set of […]

Bojan Bogdanovic climbs the rookie ladder

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The Nets are in the midst of an ugly stretch, with five straight losses dropping their record to 4-7. But one of the bright spots amidst the cloud: Nets rookie Bojan Bogdanovic, who comes in third in this week’s NBA.com rookie rankings after ranking seventh in each of the first three weeks. Scott Howard-Cooper notes […]