Nets’ youngsters look to ruin Bulls’ plans for the postseason

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Opponent: Chicago Bulls Time: 8:00 PM EST Location: United Center, Chicago, IL Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM Well, here we are, folks. Game 82. We did it. We made it through another season of Brooklyn Nets basketball. But before we stick a fork in this strangely-fun-but-also-major-bummer of a season, we’ve got one more […]

Nets Look to Beat the Bulls in Home Finale

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Nets Look to Beat the Bulls in Home Finale Opponent: Chicago Bulls Time: 5:00 PM EST  Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Watch: YES Network, CSN Philly, Fox Sports GO  Listen: WCBS 880 AM The Brooklyn Nets’ three-game winning streak went to a halt on Thursday night. They lost to the Orlando Magic on the road, […]

The Top 10 Nets Game-Winners In Franchise History

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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 […]

Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position

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Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position March Madness is here! The NCAA’s most profitable (for some) venture has already seen first round action. Brackets have been busted and stocks have and will rise. (Except for Lonzo Ball.) Back in the NBA, teams are gearing for playoff runs and the inevitable the-Warriors-are-in-trouble takes are […]

Nets ride offensive explosion to first win of 2017

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Nets ride offensive explosion to first win of 2017 The Brooklyn Nets snapped an 11-game losing streak in New Orleans on Friday night with a 143-114 victory over the Pelicans. Eight different Nets players scored in double-figures as Brooklyn scored their highest point total in a non-overtime game since 1982. Not only was this the […]

First place Cavaliers take on last place Nets

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First Place Cavaliers Take On Last Place Nets Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 PM EST Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM, 660AM In a classic best versus worst scenario, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take their talented lineup to the Barclays Center in hopes of continuing their hot streak, particularly so following […]

Without Jeremy Lin, Nets must move on against the Chicago Bulls

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Opponent: Chicago Bulls Time: 8:00pm Location: United Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM Calling a game a “rock fight” is meant to convey an inelegant approach to competition. A rock fight is determined by grit and determination as opposed to skill or strategy. A rock fight is precisely the type of game the […]

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 […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part I

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Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Sure, he just got his soul stolen by Larry Nance Jr, but Brook Lopez seems like a good guy. His voice is low, his hair is big, and he’s a massive nerd, literally and figuratively. He looks like a jocular kinda dude on the court; even […]

The Nets look to rebound from heartbreaker against some old faces in new places

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The Nets look to rebound from heartbreaker against some old faces in new places Opponent: Chicago Bulls Location: Barclays Center Time: 7:30 EST Watch: YES Network The Brooklyn Nets have alternated wins and losses  — or, more accurately losses and win, singular — to open the 2016-2017 season, and that seems appropriate somehow. Thus far, all three games […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Chris McCullough

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Chris McCullough, power forward 2015-2016: 15.1 MPG, 4.7 PPG, .404 FG%, 2.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 0.6 TOV, 24 G Who is Chris McCullough? At this stage of his career, it seems as if most people may have heard about Chris McCullough a lot more than they’ve actually seen him. To quickly cover […]