Nets’ youngsters look to ruin Bulls’ plans for the postseason

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Opponent: Chicago Bulls Time: 8:00 PM EST Location: United Center, Chicago, IL Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM Well, here we are, folks. Game 82. We did it. We made it through another season of Brooklyn Nets basketball. But before we stick a fork in this strangely-fun-but-also-major-bummer of a season, we’ve got one more […]

Nets look to win two straight at home

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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.

Opponent: Atlanta Hawks Time: 06:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets had their most successful month of the season in March, going 7-10 and kicked off April with a win over the Orlando Magic, 121-111. The Nets will play the Atlanta Hawks […]

Nets look to jump start final month of the season against Orlando

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After a (relatively) successful March, the Brooklyn Nets will look to kick off the final month of the regular season with a win at home against the Orlando Magic. Brooklyn had its most successful month of the season by notching seven wins after winning just nine games the previous five months. The Nets have just […]

Nets Try to Stun the 76ers on Tuesday Night

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Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Time: 7:30 PM EST  Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Watch: YES Network, CSN Philly, Fox Sports GO  Listen: WCBS 880 AM The Brooklyn Nets have had a solid March. They hold a 7-8 record for the month – it may not be a Miami Heat-level change, but the Nets have improved. That […]

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 […]

Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position

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Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position March Madness is here! The NCAA’s most profitable (for some) venture has already seen first round action. Brackets have been busted and stocks have and will rise. (Except for Lonzo Ball.) Back in the NBA, teams are gearing for playoff runs and the inevitable the-Warriors-are-in-trouble takes are […]

The Nets Look To Spoil St. Patrick’s Day For Isaiah-less Celtics

Brook Lopez blocks a shot by Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller during the third quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Opponent: Boston Celtics Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, CSNE Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets will take another crack at winning consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics. Coming off of their 121-110 victory at Madison […]

Nets battle both Thunder and snow against OKC

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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 Nets are coming off of a strong performance against the crosstown rival New York Knicks with a 120-112 victory on Sunday night. The Nets were on fire from the three-point line banging in 19 shots from […]

Nets return home against Knicks on Biggie night

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Resolution: Get a bionic hamstring


by Ben Nadeau


It goes without saying, but there were incredibly high hopes for the Jeremy Lin era in Brooklyn -- and, up until now, it's been a false start. Over his seven-year career, Lin has been a very healthy athlete, even playing in all 82 games during the 2012-2013 season. What's most unfortunate, however, is that the Nets border on a forever-burning dumpster fire without Lin on the court. 


Lin is not a world-beater, nor will he ever put up a line like Russell Westbrook's assault on the triple-double record books, but he is the most important cog the Nets have had in years, considering the dried husks of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Kevin Garnett that they hauled around in recent seasons. 


With the ball in Lin's hands, the Nets have moments of electric bliss, but Atkinson's right-hand man's left-leg hamstring has really thrown a wrench into the operation. While on the court, Lin's  three-point shooting has provided another element that Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie cannot provide yet -- without him, they're borderline hopeless at points over a 48-minute contest.


This season is wasted in terms of wins and losses, but the sooner he can return, fully healthy, the quicker the rest of the organization can evaluate the moving parts around him.


Get well soon, Jeremy.

Opponent: New York Knicks Time: 6:00 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The battle of New York. In what was a meaningful game just a few seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks both find themselves out of the playoff picture this season. Although the game doesn’t […]

Nets head to Memphis with unfinished business

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Time: 8:00 EST Location: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM The Nets will continue their eight-game road trip in Memphis on Monday night as they take on the Grizzlies. Brooklyn will be coming off back-to-back losses this weekend in Utah and Portland, after snapping their 16-game losing streak Wednesday […]

How’d We Get Here: K.J. McDaniels

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How’d We Get Here: K.J. McDaniels Last Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets acquired K.J. McDaniels in a trade with the Houston Rockets. McDaniels was acquired at essentially no long-term cost, with the Nets giving up the minimum cash consideration, $75,000, for the third-year swingman. On the surface, this trade may not look like much as, on the […]