Five final thoughts:
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Following Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Brooklyn Nets engaged in some roster-wide "reflection," reflection that kept roughly 40 media members out of the locker room, pushed back into a far-off hallway, well out of earshot. Whatever words were tossed around the lockers, it was clear the team didn't want anyone to hear.
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Check out the advanced box score from last night's 111-93 Brooklyn Nets slaughterhouse here.
Some final thoughts:
So add it all up: A career high in rebounds, a season high in assists, a season high in points that tied his career high, and his highest field goal percentage with more than 7 attempts in a game? Yup, I'm comfortable saying that this was the best game of Reggie Evans's career. The only shame is that he wasn't around to do it in front of the fans in Brooklyn. Guess he'll have to do it again.
— Harold Jennings (@HDJennings) March 28, 2013
— Bruce Jones (@BruceJJones) March 28, 2013
Stotts says he'd like to get rookie Meyers Leonard in 2nite matched up with #Nets C Brook Lopez, rather than Blatche...
— Candace Buckner (@blazerbanter) March 28, 2013
me molesta que el oovoo se caiga. #ñets
— Cory † ∞ (@CoralysClass) March 28, 2013
My #Nets game can wait, this Bulls/Heat game is very entertaining, despite the horrible refs.
— Chris M (@InvCmNj26) March 28, 2013
Tonight: The 41-29 Brooklyn Nets kick off the second half of their Circus Trip against the Portland Trail Blazers, at the Rose Garden in Portland at 10:30 P.M. The Nets are 3-1 on the trip so far, dropping only a 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Blazers return home after a five-game road trip, going 3-2 away from home.
The BK Game Streak: Play "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak of wins along the betting line over the course of the season. Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the year, with first prize a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Log in with Facebook to get started, vote in the box above, and good luck!
Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan Ruocco and Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
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With half of the Circus Trip behind them, the 41-29 Brooklyn Nets kick off their final four games in the eight-game, 17-day road trip in Portland against the 33-37 Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers are 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and are back home after a five-game road trip of their own.
Joining us to delve into just what comprises this Trail Blazers team is USA TODAY Sports NBA writer Sean Highkin, formerly of Portland Roundball Society and Hardwood Paroxysm.
And as always: The BK Game Streak is up above. Make yer picks, 'n' good luck.
Devin: Pick one: Damian Lillard's last month or Deron Williams's last month.
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The 41-29 Brooklyn Nets take on the 33-37 Portland Trail Blazers in Portland to kick off the second half of their Circus Trip, and along with a chance to guarantee a season over .500 for the first time since 2005-06, you know what that means: another chance to play The BK Game Streak to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
The game is as simple as it sounds:
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Hoffman said of Lillard, who leads all rookies with averages of 20.2 points and 6 assists, that "it would be hard for Portland to ask for more," and though Lillard and Williams play the same position, he'd easily have been an enticing player.
Indeed, Lillard represents part of a long-term vision that the Nets eschewed in favor of a win-now mode: they've traded each of their first round picks since drafting Brook Lopez in 2008, always for veterans. Though it's impossible to alter the past, an interesting what-if is to imagine a long-term core of, say, Lillard-Derrick Favors-Brook Lopez.
Either way, I still feel the Nets made the right move.
In honor of tomorrow night's Brooklyn Nets-Portland Trail Blazers game, I sat down with Sean Highkin of Portland Roundball Society for their preview podcast. We talked about the Gerald Wallace trade, Brook Lopez's surge this season, and our expectations for tomorrow night.
Thanks to Sean for having me on. Check it out here!