TBG Trade Deadline Roundtable Extravaganza

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With another trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Brooklyn Nets have found themselves in purgatory once again. Already having plummeted to the Eastern Conference basement without Jeremy Lin’s guidance, the Nets are the only team yet to reach double-digits in the win column. On Twitter, The Brooklyn Game and their writers have been asked […]

Scorching Wizards visit sunken Nets

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Tonight, the Washington Wizards visit the last-place Brooklyn Nets as the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed that’s running on an 8-2 run over their last ten games. The Nets, in contrast, have dropped ten straight as the team struggles to meet the modest benchmark of even 10 wins this season. Both squads are coming off of […]

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 […]

And the nightmare week begins… now

23. Toronto Raptors, $35,650,000 DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan

Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time: 7:30pm Location: Air Canada Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS Radio If not the Sixers, then who? That’s the question buzzing in the background of watering holes throughout Brooklyn after the Nets’ road loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. After the loss, Brooklyn burrowed themselves in a tie for the fewest wins in […]

Nets take on Wizards, Caris LeVert to make his NBA debut

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM This could be a big day for Brooklyn Nets fans — and, perhaps surprisingly, it has nothing to do with wins or losses tonight. Later on, of course, the Nets will find out if the Houston Rockets will match […]

Woj: Tony Brown to become lead assistant for the Washington Wizards

Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown gestures in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in New York. In Brown's first game as interim head coach, the Spurs defeated the Nets 106-79. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tony Brown is expected to become the Washington Wizards’ lead assistant coach, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brown, who took over for the fired Lionel Hollins in February on an interim basis, interviewed for the head coaching role that was eventually given to Kenny Atkinson. In Washington, Brown will join a revamped staff that includes the […]

Around The Nets: Atkinson, Robinson, and the Celtics’ great luck

Brooklyn Nets forward Thomas Robinson (41) shoots a jump shot Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31), and forward Mike Scott defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 114-86. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Reporting contributed by Elizabeth Swinton  Following the arrival of Kenny Atkinson, news surrounding the Brooklyn Nets has come fast and furious — so you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of Around The ‘Nets! Today, The Brooklyn Game has a compilation of podcasts, rumors, and noteworthy things that we’re sharing today! Happy […]

Was this the worst season in Nets history?

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In their closing act of the 2015-16 season, what remained of the Brooklyn Nets fell apart in the second half against what remained of the Toronto Raptors, blowing a 21-4 lead and losing 103-96 to a team that rested almost all of its rotation players. It was a fitting ending to a dismal season. The […]

Report: John Calipari wants $120 million to run the Nets

Calipari last coached the Nets in 1999. (AP)

With Lionel Hollins and Billy King out, the Nets may seek to fill two positions with one man: John Calipari. The mutual respect and adoration between Calipari and Nets CEO Brett Yormark is hardly a secret; the two spoke at length about their relationship with ESPN last month, while Hollins was still coaching the team. […]

Nets kick off 2016 in Boston

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Opponent: Boston Celtics Location: TD Garden (Boston) Time: 7:30 PM Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO app Now that the calendar has turned to 2016, the Nets can resolve to improve their most glaring weakness: fourth-quarter efficiency. Currently, the Nets rank last in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring at 23 points per game, and the […]

Deron Williams Season In Review: Long Gone Franchise Player

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Deron Williams is the first subject of our offseason Nets In Review series. Stats: 68 G (55 GS), 31.1 MPG, 13.0 PTS, 6.6 AST, 3.5 REB, 0.9 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.3 TOV, 38.7 FG%, 36.7 3PT%, 83.4 FT%, 50.4 TS%, 15.7 PER, 105 ORtg, 109 DRtg, 3.6 win shares The Season: The quote spread like […]