Against the Brooklyn Nets Friday night, Josh Smith did something pretty amazing. With Smith loose on a fast-break, Mirza Teletovic didn't get back in time to defend him, and half-heartedly threw his hand out to contest from a few feet behind.

Unfortunately for Smith, Teletovic's hand hit him square in the face as he was rising up. Unfortunately for Teletovic, Smith was able to slam it home through the contact.

Smith immediately reacted after coming down from the dunk, and Teletovic went over to make sure he was okay. Teletovic was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for hitting Smith above the neck.

I don't know about you, but I think that's an incredible play. Smith got hit in the face, couldn't see, and still put the dunk down. That's a dunk-contest level dunk. Just ask Cedric Ceballos.

 

Slow break? Maybe. Hard to call a transition play between Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche "fast." But Pierce made a nice move to get to the basket and dish to Blatche to get him the ball, and Blatche put down a tough shot through contact to hit the and-one. Blatche followed up the make by punching a demon back into hell.

It was a part of the best first quarter the Brooklyn Nets put up this season, who led 31-20 after the first twelve minutes.

 

On the latest episode of #BKConnect, YES Network's Chris Shearn, Newsday's Rod Boone, and I discuss the team's third-quarter woes, whether or not Deron Williams will ever be fully healthy again, and break down the play of the month, Joe Johnson's game-winning floater in overtime against the Phoenix Suns.

The next episode of #BKConnect airs during tomorrow night's pregame show on YES Network at 8 P.M. To submit questions or comments, hit up YES Network on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, using the hashtag #BKConnect.

 

Brooklyn Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee has been one of the team's few bright spots, and he showed off his skills again with an athletic reverse two-hand dunk off a pretty Andray Blatche feed against the Los Angeles Lakers. This isn't the first time Plumlee has taken flight, and it's refreshing on a team lacking athleticism. Watch above.

 


Speakers up.

After a 2-6 start to Jason Kidd's head coaching career with the Brooklyn Nets (technically 3-7, but Kidd did not coach the first two games while serving a suspension for pleading guilty to driving under the influence), there's certainly trouble in paradise. Kidd has struggled with rotations in his first few games, and put Monday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on his "bad coaching."

I'm not sure anything encapsulates Kidd's struggles through his first eight games than this video, showing a slowed-down, befuddled Kidd over "Hello Darkness My Old Friend." Hello Brooklyn.

(h/t Deadspin)

 

After jawing at Sacramento Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez, Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry picked up a technical foul. He argued that Vasquez elbowed him in the face, confronting him after the play and causing a bit of a scuffle between the two teams.

Except, as you'll see, Vasquez never even hit Terry with an elbow:

Vasquez did dig into Terry a bit with his forehead before the play, but as you can see clearly in the replay, there's no contact between Vasquez's elbow and Terry's head. That didn't stop Terry from taking offense to Vasquez getting close, nearly starting a fight.

 

Oh, this is too good to be true. Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce crosses up ex-Nets forward and future Hall of Famer former Nets amnesty victim Travis Outlaw and throws it down with authority. It's the 36-year-old veteran's second big dunk this year.

 

I wouldn't necessarily say Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett turned back the clock with this slam dunk, since he's been doing this for a while. But maybe he turned it back to just last year. Garnett's struggled to score both at the rim and from midrange this season, and he was primed to put this one back as soon as the shot went up. A powerful jam from the team's emotional leader.

 

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov sits down with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes, both at CBS Studios and in Prokhorov's box at Barclays Center, to talk Nets, head coach Jason Kidd, and the future of Russian politics, noting that political operations are his primary day-to-day work. He also shares his thoughts on Edward Snowden, and how Snowden is representative of the sharp divide in foreign relations between Russia and the United States.

Prokhorov, when asked about his promise to punish himself by getting married within five years of buying the Nets if the Nets don't win a championship, told Rose the promise was "a joke," but quickly backed off, saying "Just for the time being, I'm not looking for the wife." Call it confidence in his team.

 

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has been on a minutes restriction for the first few games of the season, as he nurses his injured right ankle back to health. In those limited minutes, Williams hasn't looked NBA-ready; he's played sloppy on both ends of the floor, and has yet to crack double digits in scoring or assists.

That all changed tonight.

Against the Jazz, Williams played like the D-Will we expected to see. While his numbers aren't jaw-dropping, Williams has made the extra pass and hit his shots. With the Nets up 24 after 3 quarters, Williams is likely done for the night. In his 24:24 minutes of play, Williams shot an efficient 4-6 from the field, to the tune of 10 points, dishing out 8 assists.

Sometimes the stat sheet isn't indicative of a player's success on the court. That's the case for Deron Williams tonight- his play has been sublime.

 

The last time Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, and Lawrence Frank were in the same building, it was for the 2007-08 New Jersey Nets. Even though it's 2013, RJ is still giving Nets fans a taste of the good ol' days. Jefferson, now with the Utah Jazz, went vintage against the Brooklyn Nets, throwing down a nasty reverse dunk midway through the 2nd quarter.

To my amazement, Jefferson still has a little bit of gas left in the tank. No matter what team RJ is playing for, I'll always appreciate one of his classic dunks.