Over the weekend at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I sat down (stood up?) with Coach Nick of BBall Breakdown and Jake Appleman (writing a book on this year's Brooklyn Nets team) to talk Nets basketball, and how the Nets will push towards the playoffs.
The biggest criticism of Brooklyn Nets max point guard Deron Williams is simple -- his shot hasn't been falling since he joined the Nets in February 2011. But one thing that hasn't changed: all of his on-the-ground moves are there, including the killer crossover that helped make him such a valuable point guard in the first place. That hasn't changed this season: after the jump, check out this video of some of the best Deron Williams crossovers from the first half of the season.
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Brooklyn Nets center and noted All-Star snub Brook Lopez didn't get off to a rocket start with an early three-second violation and an airball, but made up for it quickly with this big slam dunk off the dribble through Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis. Watch:
After perhaps the worst first half of basketball in JV High School history, the Brooklyn Nets clawed back from a 29-point deficit Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, trimming the lead to just six points in the final three minutes. Indeed, in that final frame, the Nets turned their offense up -- outside of one costly dribble turnover by Gerald Wallace, the team shot 3-4 from the floor and scored nine quick points in the final 180 seconds.
This might have helped them erase the deficit, had they not been as bad defensively as they were good offensively; the Bucks hit all four of their field goal attempts (from four different players -- no hero ball here), along with three free throws, to score 12 points in the same brief timeframe, maintaining the lead without letting the Nets get within two possessions again.
It started with the Nets down 85-79, and Monta Ellis had the ball... MORE →
UPDATE: Here is the full video:
(h/t Twitter user @LYKaPROindaGAME)
Here is the shortened clip, courtesy of SI:
Near the end of the first half of the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game, a foul by Kris Humphries led to a forceful retaliation by Rajon Rondo, leading both players into the stands fighting. Other players joined in to try to mitigate, but the damage had been done. Rondo appeared to throw punches at Humphries in the fracas.
Humphries, Rondo, and Gerald Wallace (who had one earlier technical) were ejected from the game. Rondo will presumably face a suspension.
Nets lead 51-38 at the half.
(h/t Ben Golliver of SI)
The fifth episode of The Road to Brooklyn, Jay Z's Life + Times, features Brooklyn residents talking about the meaning of the Brooklyn Nets to the borough -- and how that might change depending on the team. Jay-Z does not make an appearance, but some other familiar Brooklyn faces do, including Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.
The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, by an operative score of 95-90, but truly lost this game by only three points. With 4.8 seconds left, the Nets were down 93-90 with the ball and one final shot to tie the game and send it to overtime. They didn't. Here's what happened... MORE →