After perhaps the worst first half of basketball in JV High School history, the Brooklyn Nets clawed back from a 29-point deficit Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, trimming the lead to just six points in the final three minutes. Indeed, in that final frame, the Nets turned their offense up -- outside of one costly dribble turnover by Gerald Wallace, the team shot 3-4 from the floor and scored nine quick points in the final 180 seconds.

This might have helped them erase the deficit, had they not been as bad defensively as they were good offensively; the Bucks hit all four of their field goal attempts (from four different players -- no hero ball here), along with three free throws, to score 12 points in the same brief timeframe, maintaining the lead without letting the Nets get within two possessions again.

It started with the Nets down 85-79, and Monta Ellis had the ball... MORE →

Nets-Bucks: Game Preview

Posted on: December 9th, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Remember, you can grade the players at any time!

The Nets will try to let Monta Ellis stop himself tonight. (AP/Jim Mone)

The Brooklyn Nets take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at Barclays Center. Here's your primer:

Broadcast: Tonight's game will be televised on YES Network at 6 P.M. Ryan Ruocco and Greg Anthony have the call. The game will be radio broadcast on WFAN and in Spanish on WADO.

Advanced Stats:
Brooklyn Nets: 104.6 offensive rating (8th), 103.4 defensive rating (20th), 90.87 possessions per game (29th)

Milwaukee Bucks: 99.5 offensive rating (22nd), 102.2 defensive rating (15th), 96.21 possessions per game (5th)

Inactives: Brook Lopez and Tornike Shengelia for Brooklyn, Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih for Milwaukee.

Three things to watch:

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With the Brooklyn Nets missing Brook Lopez, Avery Johnson turned to Andray Blatche to fill his comically sized shoes in the starting lineup, and it's paid enormous dividends. In his four starts, Blatche has averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in just 31 minutes per game on 54% shooting from the floor. He's also picked up eight steals (four in last night's Golden State game) while only committing five turnovers.

Andray Blatche has been a revelation, and it's precisely because of his success that Brook Lopez can't come back any faster. Because it's not losing Lopez from the first unit that's hurt the Nets -- it's losing Blatche from the second.
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Open Thread Here!

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Tonight: Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors, 7:30 P.M. (Barclays Center)

Broadcast: YES Network, Ian Eagle & Greg Anthony, WFAN, Chris Carrino-Tim Capstraw

Brooklyn Nets (11-6, 7-2 home):
104.4 offensive rating (7th), 102.4 defensive rating (18th), 90.76 possessions per game (29th)
Golden State Warriors (11-7, 5-4 away)
101.9 offensive rating (13th), 101.1 defensive rating (13th), 95.68 possessions per game (7th)

Injury Notes: Brook Lopez is out for the Brooklyn Nets. Andrew Bogut is out for the Golden State Warriors. Former Net and current Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson was listed as probable for tonight with a right calf injury, and will play with a brace.

From Coach Johnson:

We gotta find, quickly, starting tonight, a better rhythm for guys we have in uniform. We're going to change some things around, maybe give a starter a little earlier rest so we can bring him back earlier in the second... that's a big part of guys performing well, trying to get them comfortable in the rotation. But for us, guys that I brought in yesterday, they don't have 50 chances to get out there and get it right. When you are a low-to-medium minute player, you've got to be efficient when you get out there. It's taken some of our guys too long to get out there and warm up. They've got to hit the ground running.

Three things to watch tonight:

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We should feed him this ALL DAY.

After back-to-back losses to the reigning champion Miami Heat and reigning Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors come to town to take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight at Barclays Center. The Warriors are 11-7 and have won four of their last five games, but they're also in their second game of a seven-game East Coast road trip.

I haven't seen too much Warriors basketball, except I did have the pleasure of watching this live, which was, uh, well, just watch:

Wouldn't it be nice if Brook Lopez did that on Nikola Pekovic just once while the Nets were blowing a 22-point lead at home against Minnesota?

Outside of that game, I haven't watched enough Golden State basketball, so I asked someone who does to help us learn a little more about the team. Joining me to talk Warriors is J.M. Poulard, blogger at ESPN TrueHoop Warriors Affiliate WarriorsWorld. J.M. knows his Warriors -- follow him tonight for the alternate perspective on tonight's contest.

Usual format: I ask J.M. three questions on the Golden State Warriors, he asks me three on the Brooklyn Nets. Onward!

J.M. Poulard on the Golden State Warriors

 
Devin: Are the Warriors better or worse off after the Monta Ellis trade?

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Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will miss Brook Lopez, but he's not tonight's X-Factor. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanches)

OK, so two of the most important Brooklyn Nets players -- Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez -- are out tonight with the flu and the foot, respectively. The team's playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 14-4 and the reigning Western Conference Champions.

So that's probably a bad sign. But it's not the be-all-end-all. Here's four reasons why you should watch tonight's game... MORE →

 

Memories... (AP/Kevin P. Casey)

The 11-5 Brooklyn Nets take on the 14-4 Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Barclays has been a comfortable home for Brooklyn so far, but they haven't played a team as good as Oklahoma City, the reigning Western Conference Champions led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder outscore opponents by almost ten points per game and rank 2nd in offensive efficiency and 7th in defensive efficiency in the NBA. Or, to put it simply: they're really really good. The Nets might not even have to blow a 22-point lead to lose this one at home!

Joining me to talk about tonight's matchup from the other side is Royce Young, lead blogger at ESPN TrueHoop Affiliate Daily Thunder, repping the Oklahoma City Thunder. Daily Thunder is one of the best team blogs on the internet, bar none -- if you want any Thunder news, info, or community, that's the place to be.

Onward!

Royce Young on the Oklahoma City Thunder

 
Devin: Seems like business as usual so far this season for Oklahoma City -- they're 14-4 and cruising. Have there been any major changes this season to the formula, or is it just a continuation of last year's success?

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Brooklyn Nets: Glen Davis, Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans,

Stuntin', Squeezin', Blitzin', Swarmin'. (AP/John Raoux)

Quiz for you -- do you know which four players have been the most productive Brooklyn Nets players when they share the court together (minimum 50 minutes played together)?

Hint: Deron Williams isn't one of them. Neither is Brook Lopez, or Gerald Wallace.

Give up?

How about C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, and Andray Blatche?

With those four together on the floor, the Brooklyn Nets outscore their opponents by 29.5 points per 48 minutes. And second place? C.J. Watson, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Evans, and Andray Blatche, outscoring opponents by 27.6 points per 48 minutes. With Joe Johnson often acting as its anchor, The self-proclaimed Bench Mob has been most effective Brooklyn Nets unit this season.

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Jerry Stackhouse Brooklyn Nets, Moe Harkless Orlando Magic

Stack 'em. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Plus-minus can often paint a unique picture of game flow. It's a simple metric that measures one thing: how well did the team performed with a player in the game. If you come into a tie game and leave with a five-point lead, your +/- is +5. If your replacement comes in and the team promptly falls behind by seven, his +/- is -12. Simple enough.

It's a number that's often subject to random chance, but it's also subject to the whims and mercy of Brooklyn Nets backup shooting guard and 38-year-old fire-breathing mastodon Jerry Stackhouse... MORE →

 

Jared Sullinger Boston Celtics, Reggie Evans Brooklyn Nets

Reggie Evans was one cog in the BK Bench Mob machine. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON, M.A. -- Bench mob proper.

In a game where two starters were ejected by the end of the first half, another played just seventeen minutes due to foul trouble, and a fourth missed 9 of his 12 shots, it was once again the self-proclaimed BK Bench Mob that led the charge for a Brooklyn Nets 95-83 victory, nearly from start to finish.

By the numbers: the bench outscored the starters 51-44, shot 52% from the field, grabbed over half the team's rebounds, and picked off seven steals. But a cursory look at the statistics doesn't do it enough justice; the team just looked good with the bench in, with each player delineated to a specific role on the floor, and each player executing -- perhaps not always to success, but usually to a successful process. Andray Blatche attacked the offensive glass, looking to score easy buckets at the rim. Reggie Evans did the Reggie Evans, and if you don't know what the Reggie Evans is you better ask Reggie Evans.

Jerry Stackhouse. Jerry Mr. Incredible Stackhouse... MORE →

 

Courtney Lee, Boston Celtics, Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

EVERYBODY DANCE! (AP/Kathy Kmonicek)

Chat Nets-Celtics in tonight's game thread!

The Brooklyn Nets (9-4) face the Boston Celtics (8-6) at T.D. Garden in Brooklyn tonight. Check out what you need to know.

Remember: you can grade the players at any time.
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Nets-Celtics: Morning Brief

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets, Leandro Barbosa

SHOTS! (AP/Kathy Kmonicek)

The Brooklyn Nets are in Boston tonight to take on the Boston Celtics. Here's some info to help you parse tonight's game.... MORE →