Posted on: September 28th, 2014 by William Rausch Comments


Projected record: 19-63, 15th in East


Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

76ers GM Sam Hinkie (forefront), with 2013 draftee Nerlens Noel (background). (AP)

Head coach: Brett Brown
2013-14 record: 19-63
2013-14 ORtg: 96.8 (30th)
2013-14 DRtg: 107.5 (27th)
Players in: Keith Bogans, Nemanja Dangubic, Joel Embiid, Pierre Jackson, K.J. McDaniels, Dario Saric
Players out: James Anderson, B.J. Mullens, Adonis Thomas
Projected Starting Lineup: Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Hollis Thompson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel

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Deron Williams, Troy Wroten

Deron Williams & the Nets held off the 76ers in regulation. (AP)

Hello Susan. I don't think you're lazy. Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Get active and pick up a t-shirt at The Brooklyn Game Store. Your support keeps us going. Thank you.

Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities.
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I'd like to take this time right now to talk about a little place called Tony's Pizza Spot on DeKalb Avenue in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.

Tony's Pizza Spot is an aptly named hole-in-the-wall, scrunched between a bodega and a Crown Fried Chicken, that's existed on DeKalb since before time itself. It may have popped up in the 70s, or 80s, or earlier, but it feels like it's been there forever. There is no place to sit and no place to loiter. You can order a pie at a window that faces the street, or step inside to a cramped hallway about fifteen feet long that leads to a broken Pac-Man machine. The walls at Tony's Pizza Spot are littered with posters from a past era, talking about gooey cheeses and Jamaican beef patties (which he sells, with or without cheese, with or without cocoa bread.)

The place is run by one man, an older Italian man named Tony. Tony is a well-known man in the neighborhood despite never being seen away from his pizza oven. He has a devoted clientele, replete with people of all ages, sizes, creeds, and colors. He has no definite hours. I presume he lives in the apartment above the pizza spot and goes down whenever he thinks it's lunchtime. I have never heard anyone complain.

Tony has no employees and does not deliver. He entrusts his pizza with no man but himself. You can call Tony's Pizza Spot at any time when it's open and may not get anyone to answer the phone for minutes. That's because Tony has no employees, and he focuses on his pizza. He would rather serve his best than his most.

As for the pie, it is classically New York Pizza. Tony serves a cheesy, greasy, topping-enriched mess served on a paper plate too flimsy to hold it. You ask for mushrooms and he'll dump them on by the truckload; ask for more than one topping and you might as well get two slices and try to make a sandwich. It may not be the best pizza in New York, but it's my absolute favorite. I eat it and I feel like I'm eating the invention of pizza itself. I'm teleported to a land of nothing but edible happiness, where people enjoy meals together and buzzer-beating losses to tanking basketball teams don't exist.

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Mason Plumlee and Lavoy Allen (AP)

Mason Plumlee and Lavoy Allen (AP)

It's been a busy week for the Brooklyn Nets. The team obliterated the 76ers on Monday to the tune of a 130-94 blowout, and on Wednesday faltered down the stretch against Washington in a 113-107 loss. In their final game of the week tonight, they face Philadelphia once again, but with one little, tiny, rookie-sized difference: Michael Carter-Williams.

Carter-Williams did not play against the Nets on Monday and has missed seven straight games shelved with a knee infection. Carter-Williams was a huge key in the 76ers' 4-0 start, and they have faltered without him.

Can the rookie shake off the rust and lead the Sixers to revenge against Brooklyn? Without Garnett out, where does this game's X-Factor lie? All that and more by The BK crew below!

1. After the disappointing loss to Washington, how can the Nets bounce back?
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Michael Carter-Williams

The 76ers welcome Michael Carter-Williams back into their fold.

After Wednesday night's loss to the Washington Wizards, the 9-16 Brooklyn Nets bemoaned their two biggest weaknesses: keeping teams off the glass (they allowed 19 offensive rebounds) and running them off the three-point line (they've allow opponents to shoot 40.6 percent from deep, worst in the NBA).

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Evan Turner, Brook Lopez

Without Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets struggled against the Detroit Pistons' two-headed monster duo of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe and lost their three-game winning streak. Tonight, still without Lopez, they look to get on track against the Philadelphia 76ers -- a team that has, after a fast start, fully committed to tanking.

Their best player, Michael Carter-Williams, was the unanimous leader for this year's Rookie of the Year Award before getting mysteriously shelved with a right knee injury.  Which leaves Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes to try and defend their homecourt against the suddenly rising Nets.

Who will come out on top?

These are the three most important things going into tonight's game against Philadelphia.

1. Is last year's Deron Williams back for good?
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Brook Lopez, Tony Wroten, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes

Brook Lopez and Spencer Hawes will both have their hands full tonight. (AP)

Tonight's game may come down to the two biggest men on the floor -- if one of them even plays.
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Evan Turner, Joe Johnson

Evan Turner, Joe Johnson (AP)

The 8-15 Brooklyn Nets have a chance for an easy win tonight, as they'll take on the floundering 7-18 Philadelphia 76ers in Brooklyn. This is the Nets' first game since losing Friday in Detroit to the Detroit Pistons.

The 76ers represent something the Nets haven't really had much all season -- a team that the Nets should beat. (Imagine that sentence before the season. How the mighty have fallen.) Nets point guard Deron Williams is healthy, Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams isn't. Nets center Brook Lopez should play, and he detonated on Spencer Hawes's head the last time these two teams played. After a 3-0 start, the Sixers have lost 17 of their last 21 games and 10 of their last 11. The Nets have the type of advantage over the 76ers they haven't had since November 5th, when they blew out the Utah Jazz at home.

But there's one thing the 76ers do that the Nets don't, that so many teams do: run. The Nets have had issues containing fast teams this season without many end-to-end athletes on the roster. The Sixers are coached by first-time NBA coach Brett Brown, who has made fitness a priority, and they've kept the pace up even with the explosive Carter-Williams sitting out. They rank first in the league in pace, clocking in at a robust 101.7 possessions per game; conversely, the Nets rank as one of the slowest teams in the league, averaging nearly eight fewer possessions in a game.

But Brooklyn's best bet may be to let Philadelphia beat itself. They've lost their last six games by an average of 15 points per game, most recently a 34-point blowout loss to the streaking Portland Trail Blazers. The Nets desperately need to face a team that can't shoot threes, and the Sixers may be just the medicine: with Carter-Williams out, Hawes may be their most talented offensive player, and their only legitimate three-point threat. Their best scorer is the well-rounded but well-flawed Evan Turner, a poor man's Brandon Roy without the ball control or shooting ability beyond 20 feet.

Also, this is a completely different Sixers team, but it's also fun to remember when Deron Williams dropped 34 points and the game-winner on them less than two years ago:

The Sixers look like a team that's destined for a high lottery pick. If the Nets can get another solid game out of Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez returns healthy, this is the type of game they should win easily. But with the Nets these days, things never quite go according to plan.

Tipoff at 7:30 P.M.


Philadelphia: all about the future. (AP)

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The Brooklyn Nets look to hammer down home-court advantage in the playoffs. The next step in that process: taking on a fledging Philadelphia 76ers team in Brooklyn tonight, and you know what that means: time to play "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

The game is as simple as it sounds:
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Check out the box score from last night's 106-97 Brooklyn Nets embarrassment loss to the Philadelphia 76ers here...