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 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 […]

The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Top 5 Trade Deadline Deals With the NBA deadline swiftly approaching, the Brooklyn Nets find themselves at the bottom of the league with a putrid 9-47 record. The team has been sellers at the deadline already with Bojan Bogdanovic on the move and more to possibly come. The potential moves will do […]

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 […]

Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II

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Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II Rebuilding an NBA franchise is a painful process that every NBA team — aside from the San Antonio Spurs — must undergo. Without their own draft picks, the Brooklyn Nets must look everywhere to find players that fit Sean Marks’ envisioned program and the […]

Vince Carter’s legacy will never die

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will host a team with Vince Carter on it for what may be the last time. It’s a sad time to be an NBA fan for anyone over the age of 25. Our heroes — the ones that are left, that is — are getting old, and it’s hard to know […]

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 […]

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 […]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Biggest Nets Fans You Know

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Biggest Nets Fans You Know Hey, you — yes, you — it’s me. It’s December 11th, which means there officially just two weeks before Christmas. Mhm, it snuck up on all of us this year, undoubtedly, but that’s not why we’re here — no, we’re here to save your holiday […]

Nets look for first back-to-back wins of the season in San Antonio

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Opponent: San Antonio Spurs Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: AT&T Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM Here’s a not-so-fun fact that you may have seen bandied about already: the Nets have never won a game in the AT&T Center. That isn’t entirely true, though. You see, the then New Jersey Nets won Game 2 of the […]

Nets seek revenge in Milwaukee following blowout loss at home

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Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Time: 5:00 p.m. Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM Following Thursday’s blowout loss at the Barclays Center, the Nets travel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks for the second match up of a home and home. Brooklyn has lost both games against the Bucks this season, […]