Good morning, Nets fans. Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Buy an iPhone case in The Brooklyn Game Store to give to someone pretentious.
Here's some Nets news and notes from around the 'net:
... MORE →
After a two-day stint in Springfield with the team's D-League affiliate Springfield Armor, Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor have been recalled by the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced today.
The team sent down Shengelia and Taylor Saturday to get them some playing time in the Armor's Sunday afternoon game against the Maine Red Claws. The Armor, who were 1-9 heading into the game, won 93-74 behind 23 points from Shengelia.
The move also presupposed the idea that forward Andrei Kirilenko and guard Jason Terry, who have both been injured for over a month, may return to the rotation. Indeed, Kirilenko and Terry practiced with the team yesterday. But given the tone from shootaround, the Nets may open Kirilenko and Terry as a Christmas present:
Jason Kidd not sure if Andrei Kirilenko or Jason Terry, who both practiced yesterday, will be available tonight. Didn't sound optimistic.
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 23, 2013
Yet, somehow, the Nets only find themselves 1.5 games out of the division lead, which guarantees at least the 4th seed in the playoffs. Quickly, Brooklyn has approached the point of the season in which fans vehemently called for former coach Avery Johnson's head last year.
... MORE →
The Nets are catching too many breaks, and not the good kind. Starting Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez have officially been ruled out once again as they each nurse sprained ankles, while backup small forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and backup shooting guard Jason Terry (bruised knee) will both sit out Friday night's contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It has been a cruel stretch of bad luck for Williams; after having numerous problems with both ankles throughout his two-year tenure with the Nets, he appeared to turn a corner in February after receiving cortisone shots and platelet-rich plasma therapy to soothe his ankle synovitis, playing like an elite-level point guard in the last three months of the season. But while working out as his Utah home in the offseason, Williams suffered a right ankle sprain, causing him to sit out training camp and all of one preseason game.
Then, in a cruel twist, Williams landed awkwardly on his left ankle against the Phoenix Suns last Friday when jumping up for a rebound, resulting in another sprain. Then, after Williams waited a few days, participated in a full practice plus bonus shooting drills, and told reporters he'd be ready to go with no restrictions, Williams landed awkwardly on Kemba Walker's foot in Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, re-spraining the left ankle.
Lopez injured his ankle landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of the Suns game and has not played since. He has no clear timetable for return. Kirilenko, who last played for the Timberwolves before signing a two-year contract with the Nets this past offseason, hurt his back in preseason and shuffled in and out of playing ever since, calling these spasms the worst of his career. It's not entirely clear when Terry bruised his knee, but the injury was listed on Wednesday's Nets injury report.
Shaun Livingston will start in Williams's place for the third time this season. The Nets have started both Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans in Lopez's place, and Mason Plumlee is also available at center.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Following Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Brooklyn Nets engaged in some roster-wide "reflection," reflection that kept roughly 40 media members out of the locker room, pushed back into a far-off hallway, well out of earshot. Whatever words were tossed around the lockers, it was clear the team didn't want anyone to hear.
After reporters were allowed in, some 30 minutes later, we were introduced to a room filled with... MORE →
After jawing at Sacramento Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez, Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry picked up a technical foul. He argued that Vasquez elbowed him in the face, confronting him after the play and causing a bit of a scuffle between the two teams.
Except, as you'll see, Vasquez never even hit Terry with an elbow:
Vasquez did dig into Terry a bit with his forehead before the play, but as you can see clearly in the replay, there's no contact between Vasquez's elbow and Terry's head. That didn't stop Terry from taking offense to Vasquez getting close, nearly starting a fight.
In an interview with YES Network, Andrei Kirilenko lists off his top 5 NBA nicknames, first noting that he's not a big fan of Kobe Bryant's Black Mamba. He says he'd call him "Killer Instinct," which for some reason he likes better.
Kirilenko also lists two of his new teammates from the Boston Celtics, though he says he prefers "KG" to "The Big Ticket." When told that Dirk Nowitzki's nickname is "Big Mummy," Kirilenko smartly says "I have my own opinion on that," laughing.
This may look like just another play: Lance Stephenson misses a shot, and the Nets corral the rebound. But what's involved in this play defensively is so much more, and it's one of the major changes the Nets have made heading into this season.
... MORE →
It wasn't a guarantee that Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson was getting the ball out of the timeout, but it was damn near close.
... MORE →
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Before Friday night's home opener, Deron Williams casually made a bold statement: he, and his team, felt that they were better than the defending champion Miami Heat. It's a statement easily met with ridicule; this is the Miami Heat, after all, of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, of back-to-back championships.
The road to the title goes through Miami, and Brooklyn took its first steps down that path... MORE →