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Here's everything you need to know about last night's Nets upset.
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The Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat for the second time this season at home tonight, after a 101-100 stunner. But more importantly, it marks the first "Nickname Game" in NBA history: both teams will wear jerseys with nicknames on the backs of their jerseys, rather than their standard last name. It's not the first time that NBA players have worn nicknames, but it's the first time the NBA has set up such a game.
So to preview tonight's game, we're going to judge the players the only way I know how: by doing a deep, comprehensive breakdown of each team's nicknames by position. I judged each nickname by overall creativity (did you just use your initials, make a pun, or go the extra mile?), lasting appeal (is it a classic nickname, and should it be?), and appearance (how cool will it look on a jersey?). Unfortunately due to injury, Deron Williams's "D-Will" and Brook Lopez's "Brooklyn" (Brooklyn on the front, Brooklyn on the back) were not considered.
The final judgments:
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Good morning, Nets fans. It's cold. The Nets are undefeated in 2014. Here's some info on tonight's game, plus some Nets news and notes from around the 'net:
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Last season, the Brooklyn Nets starting lineup prominently featured Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace, two players that hampered Brooklyn's spacing; Wallace shot a league-worst 27.3% outside of the paint, and Evans made just four shots outside of the paint all season. With the new additions of shooters Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, the offensive possibilities seem endless.
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The long and bitter rivalry between Paul Pierce and LeBron James just got a little bit better. Midway through the 4th quarter, LeBron was caught off guard and got his shot thrown back by Pierce. The Nets had a 10-point lead at the time with around 5 minutes to go in the fourth.
In a game that ended with a score of 101-100, every basket counts.
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 →
It's finally here. The Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat in the team's home opener at Barclays Center, marking the first time that Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Alan Anderson, and Shaun Livingston step on Barclays's herringbone-patterned floor in the regular season as members of the Brooklyn Nets.
Because of that, because of the monumental nature of this game, with the defending champion Miami Heat as opponents, here's a position-by-position breakdown of tonight's matchup. Let this serve not only as a guide to tonight, but a brief on how the teams match up overall throughout the season -- and, hopefully, in the playoffs.
We also compare how the players have looked in head-to-head matchups, and break down their middle names, because The Brooklyn Game has analysis you just can't get anywhere else.
Speaking with reporters Saturday night, Miami Heat forward LeBron James says he'll most likely sit Friday night when the Brooklyn Nets travel to Miami to face the Heat in their final preseason game.
Dwyane Wade sat Thursday night when the two teams met in Brooklyn, but LeBron played in the 86-62 Nets victory.
James says his rest is simply maintenance and not injury-related. The teams match up in the regular season for the first time on November 1st, Brooklyn's home opener.