Before the Super Bowl, catch the Nets in a divisional matinee against the Raptors

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Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time : 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN It’s funny how so close can seem so far… The Brooklyn Nets have led in the fourth quarters of both of its previous games to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, but, of course, both ended with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nets-Sixers — what else is there to say?

Bojan Bogdanovic Per-Game Statistics: 79 G, 39 GS, 26.8 MIN, 11.2 PTS, 3.2 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.1 BLK, 1.5 TOV, .433 FG%, .382 3PT%, .833 FT%, .519 eFG%, .550 TS%, 10.7 PER After a strong second half to close the 2014-15 season, many fans felt optimistic that Bogdanovic would take the next step forward in his NBA career. Whatever the reason was (sophomore slump, Lionel Hollins’s system, waning confidence), the second year Bosnian was very disappointing during the first half of the season. Certainly his performance improved post All-Star break, but there were still inconsistencies in his offensive game and limitations on the defensive side of the court that make you wonder if can truly be a cornerstone piece of a competitive team. For every 20-point output (or the 44-point explosion against Philadelphia) there seems to be a 2-12 dud just waiting to happen. At 26 years old, maybe this is just who he is as a player -- an inconsistent, streaky shooter. -Jonathan Griggs

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Time: 6:00pm EST Location: Wells Fargo Center Watch:YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM 660AM  The Brooklyn Nets look to get their eighth win of the season, taking on a Philadelphia 76ers team that is one of two teams that has fewer wins than the Nets. (Yes, that other team happens to be […]

Nets, Magic face off in matchup between Eastern Conference cellar dwellers

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Nets, Magic face off in matchup between Eastern Conference cellar dwellers The Brooklyn Nets picked up a big 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday to improve their record to 7-17 for the year. Since the Nets have won just 3 of their last 15 contests, it is imperative that Brooklyn continues to build momentum […]

The Lin-less Nets try to plug the hole at point guard against the Hornets

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The Lin-less Nets try to plug the hole at point guard against the Hornets Opponent: Charlotte Hornets Time: 7:30 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN The Brooklyn Nets picked up their second win of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, 109-101, behind the dominant play of Brook Lopez and the continued […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Joe Harris

Joe Harris

Joe Harris, guard 2015-2016: 3.0 MPG, 0.6 PPG, 0.4 APG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 SPG, 0 BPG, .250 FG%, .250 3P%, 0 FT%, .694 TS%, .375 eFG %, 5 G Who is Joe Harris? Of the ten new faces the Brooklyn Nets added this offseason, they forewent the fruitless pursuit of a star in free agency, instead […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Jorge Gutiérrez

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Jorge Gutiérrez, point guard 2015-2016: 5.3 MPG, 1.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 SPG, 0 BPG, .545 FG%, 0 3PT%, .909 FT%, .694 TS%, .545 eFG %, 12 G, 0 GS Who is Jorge Gutiérrez? With less than a month until the start of the NBA regular season, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to solidify their […]

Landon Donovan, Julius Erving, and the unretirement

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On Thursday, the internet was captivated by of the news of Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to play, once again, for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan, the best American-born men’s soccer player in history, walked away in 2014 following the Galaxy’s victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. The United States’ […]

Woj: Nets sign guard Joe Harris to two-year, 2 million deal

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The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Joe Harris to a deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Free agent guard Joe Harris has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 14, 2016 Harris is a two-year veteran that played just five games for […]

Rumor Mill: Nets looking for quick rebuild, want to add established veterans

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The Brooklyn Nets and Sean Marks are looking to bring established veterans to the team this summer, reports Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Marks, who has said over and over that the Nets will build the right way this time around, may be deviating from the plan he’s preached since Kenny Atkinson was unveiled as head coach […]

Sportando: Sergey Karasev won’t return to Brooklyn

Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) goes up for a shot in front of Brooklyn Nets guard Sergey Karasev (10), of Russia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The Magic won 139-105. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Vasily Karasev, Sergey’s father, has no idea what’s next for his son, but it won’t be with the Brooklyn Nets, reports Sportando. Vasily Karasev on his son's future: 'One thing is for sure, Sergey will leave Brooklyn' https://t.co/n2xysXJL1l — Sportando (@Sportando) May 24, 2016 Sergey Karasev became an unrestricted free agent for this summer after Brooklyn […]