Mirza Teletovic: 72 G, 7 GS, 19.4 MPG, 8.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.40 SPG, 0.32 BPG, .0.418 FG% .0.390 3P%, .0.710 FT%, 14.38 PER, 2.0 EWAWhat a difference a year makes, huh?
Under a new coach and in a new situation, Mirza Teletovic had himself a much improved 2013-14 campaign, tossing threes at the rim with suave confidence. Without hesitation, Teletovic shot his way into our hearts, but he cemented himself there permanently in January: after famously smirking and laughing in LeBron James' face, Teletovic went on to score 34 points by way of seven threes against Dallas.
Teletovic's man-to-man defense also improved, and he's no longer a liability on that end. In fact, he even spent a fair amount of time guarding James, with varied success, which is more than most can hope for. He put up the smirk of the season. Teletovic even played some center in Kidd's mircoball rotation, further stretching Brooklyn's floor.
Fearza's unwavering confidence can frustrate, but there's a very short list of players that can shift a game's momentum in the blink of an eye. Mirza Teletovic can do that with the right shots. So keep doing you, Mirza.
Mirza Teletovic found the fountain of threes.
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Here's another look at last night's Nets going Nets.
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One day ago, Teletovic set a career-high in points for the third time since that interview.
What a difference a month makes.
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has his biggest challenge yet. With no move imminent and a deep rotation, he's looking towards his bench to fill the enormous gap left by a broken foot to Nets center Brook Lopez, which will sideline him for the rest of the season. The loss is a crushing one; Lopez was the team's best scorer and rapidly evolving into a solid paint protector.
Garnett will stay in the starting lineup, but can play both power forward and center, giving the Nets a little flexibility.
So who will replace Lopez in the starting lineup?
I asked about a dozen contributors both from The Brooklyn Game and YES Network to look at five potential starting lineups the Nets could use, ranking them from 1st to 5th. What follows is the list, ordered by average ranking from 5th to 1st. You'll also see the highest, lowest, and most common ranking, as well as my ranking and a breakdown on the idea from either myself or Max Weisberg.
Additionally, there's a poll on the side. Let us know what you think by voting and commenting below.
The Brooklyn Nets inserted Mirza Teletovic into the starting lineup following the news that Brook Lopez will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot, and it paid dividends as early as the first quarter. Teletovic snuck backdoor on a fast-break and threw down an alley-oop from Deron Williams, putting the Nets up 8-2 in the first two minutes of the game.
If Teletovic can hit shots, run the floor, and play passable defense, he's got a role with the starting lineup.
Less than a month ago, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic told The Brooklyn Game he wasn't sure if he had a role with the Brooklyn Nets.
Now, in the team's first game without Brook Lopez, Mirza Teletovic makes his way into the Brooklyn Nets starting lineup, and it looks like it's his spot to lose.
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The Brooklyn Nets will rest Kevin Garnett Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, and Kidd had yet to announce an official replacement, calling it a game-time decision.
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