The Top 10 Nets Game-Winners In Franchise History

New Jersey Nets guard Vince Carter confers with teammates while facing the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 121-96 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, March 16, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

There are few moments in sports as exhilarating as a game-winner. If your team wins, you feel nothing but pure, unadulterated happiness. If your team loses, well the less said about that the better — I still haven’t forgiven Jimmy Butler. The great thing about every single one of these shots is that it didn’t […]

Nets try to make it a trifecta against the Wizards

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:00 PM EST Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C. Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: WCBS 880 AM Whew. For the first time this season, the Nets won consecutive games. They beat the Phoenix Suns handily last night, 126-98. On Friday night, Brooklyn will try to make it three in a […]

Nets Look For Season Sweep Against The Suns

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Opponent: Phoenix Suns Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: WCBS 880 AM The month of March has sparked a fire in the Brooklyn Nets. Not only did Brook Lopez hit a game-winning, fade-away jumper Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons, but the Nets are 5-7 since the calendar […]

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 […]

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 […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part I

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Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Sure, he just got his soul stolen by Larry Nance Jr, but Brook Lopez seems like a good guy. His voice is low, his hair is big, and he’s a massive nerd, literally and figuratively. He looks like a jocular kinda dude on the court; even […]

And the nightmare week begins… now

23. Toronto Raptors, $35,650,000 DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan

Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time: 7:30pm Location: Air Canada Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS Radio If not the Sixers, then who? That’s the question buzzing in the background of watering holes throughout Brooklyn after the Nets’ road loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. After the loss, Brooklyn burrowed themselves in a tie for the fewest wins in […]

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 […]

Nets look to avoid freefall against Crabbe, Plumlee, and the Trail Blazers

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Nets look to avoid freefalling against Crabbe, Plumlee, and the Trail Blazers Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers Time: 3:30 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN The Brooklyn Nets finally return home after a five-game road trip where they only won one against the Phoenix Suns. Awaiting them at home will be the Portland […]

Nets look to reach .500 against the NBA’s best team

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Nets look to reach .500 against the NBA’s best team Opponent: Los Angeles Clippers Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Staples Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM There are two ways to look at the Brooklyn Nets’ most recent outing, a 122-104 win over the Phoenix Suns. On one hand, it was a bad-to-mediocre team beating […]

On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets

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On and off the court, Jeremy Lin is the right leader for the Nets The Brooklyn Nets are 4-5. Four wins. Five losses. In their five defeats, the margin has been by five points or less in three of them — including a buzzer-beating loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a […]

The Nets take on Booker, Bledsoe, and the young Suns.

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The Nets take on Booker, Bledsoe, and the young Suns. Opponent: Phoenix Suns Time: 9:00pm EST Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena Watch: YES Network/Fox Sports GO Listen: WFAN 660AM 101.9FM The Brooklyn Nets will look to land their first road victory of the year as they face the Phoenix Suns (3-6) after a long homestand. […]