Charania: Nets to sign Archie Goodwin to 10-day deal

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The Brooklyn Nets are signing guard Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract, reports Shams Charania from The Vertical. The Brooklyn Nets are signing guard Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract from D-League Greensboro, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 15, 2017 Long after the Nets cut loose Luis Scola, they’ve finally found […]

Nets look to end the losing streak against the post-Boogie Sacramento Kings

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Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Golden 1 Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM After spending three days off in California, the Brooklyn Nets will continue their eight-game circus road trip on Wednesday, facing the Sacramento Kings. It will be the Nets’ only trip to Sacramento this season, their first […]

Nets look to snap their longest losing streak in the Brooklyn era against the gritty Grizzlies

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Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets find themselves in the midst of yet another exhausting losing streak after a heartbreaking 108-99 loss versus the Miami Heat on Friday night. The loss marked 12 in a row for the Nets, which is […]

Scotto: Nets, Pelicans talk Lopez for Evans, Galloway, Frazier, and a pick

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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.

The Brooklyn Nets have been discussing a trade that would send Brook Lopez to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier, and a protected 2018, a source has told Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. As always, the hold-up appears to be the Nets’ resistance to dealing the franchise’s near-leader in every […]

Woj: New Orleans interested in Lopez-centered trade

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Woj: New Orleans interested in Lopez-centered trade The New Orleans Pelicans have inquired into Brook Lopez’s availability, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. New Orleans has been engaged on several fronts to land a center, including pursuit of Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 6, 2017 We’ve all been here before and […]

Nets vs. Knicks: Battle of the Meh

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Opponent: New York Knicks Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN January was a tough month for the Brooklyn Nets as they went 1-16 with their only win coming against the New Orleans Pelicans in an offensive outlier a few weeks ago. The disastrous month finished on Monday with a loss […]

Nets vs. Cavaliers: A (Probably) Imaginary Conversation

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Eastern Conference-leading, back-to-back NBA Finals-appearing, and still-rocking-LeBron-James Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time before the All-Star Break. In the first two meetings, the Nets fell by the respective scores of 20 and 8 points, is another convincing win on the cards? Since then, however, the aforementioned James has […]

How Atkinson built a modern offense for the Brooklyn Nets, both for now and the future

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How Kenny Atkinson built a modern offense for the Brooklyn Nets, both for now and the future The Brooklyn Nets are in flux. By rebuilding, the Nets are not just signing new players and staff — the entire franchise is changing. The players, head coach, and general manager are the most noticeable changes, but the […]

Nets aim to stay afloat against the fluid Spurs

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Opponent: San Antonio Spurs Time: 7:30 Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN In the famous words of Admiral Ackbar, “It’s a Trap!” Coming off an overtime thriller against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, and facing the Raptors tomorrow evening on the second-half of a back-to-back, tonight’s game against the Nets could be […]

Nets look for revenge in the Big Easy

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Opponent: New Orleans Pelicans Time: 8:00PM EST Location: Smoothie King Center Watch: YES Network/FOX Sports Go Listen: WFAN 101.9 660 AM The Brooklyn Nets will look to end their 11-game losing streak as they travel to New Orleans for a Friday night showdown against the Pelicans. Of course, the year of 2017 has not been […]

Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse?

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Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse? The Brooklyn Nets lost their eighth-straight game Thursday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-95, despite playing without Anthony Davis. The Pelicans finished the game on a 13-1 run and outscored the Nets, 31-16, in the fourth quarter as the Nets scored just one point in the final 3:35. Things […]

The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett

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The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett As far as the eye can see, Anthony Bennett was the perfect risk for the Brooklyn Nets to take on this summer — the former no. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft had bounced around from team to team and nearly found himself out of the league completely […]