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NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.

Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."

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The Nets (36-31) defeated the Celtics (23-47) on Friday by a score of 114-98.

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[sny-box]The Nets had one of their most efficient shooting nights of the season, shooting just under 60% from the field for most of the night, ultimately finishing at 56.4%.

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The Nets (30-30) lost to the Boston Celtics (21-41) by a score of 91-84.

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[sny-box]The Nets started ice cold offensively, missing all 17 of their three-point tries in the first half.?It was the most misses without a make in any NBA first half in 15 years.

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Tonight, the Nets are back on the road as they travel to face the division rival Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Brooklyn is looking to win their fifth straight game, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

There was a time, early in the 2013-14, when the Celtics led the Atlantic division, and the Nets were struggling to adjust. That time is long gone now, however.

Since January 1, the Nets are 20-8, with a .714 winning percentage that's the best in the Eastern Conference and third-best in the NBA. The Celtics have gone the other direction, at 7-23 in that span, with a .233 winning percentage, third-worst in the NBA.

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The Nets beat the Boston Celtics?to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games. It?certainly?wasn't a pretty game, as the two teams both shot under 40% from the field, but it also wasn't your typical January matchup.

For the first time in his career, Paul Pierce played against the only franchise he'd ever known since coming into the league in 1998. He and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Celtics green for six seasons, but they were visitors at the TD Garden on Sunday.

The atmosphere was electric all night long, with thunderous cheers and classy first-quarter video tributes for the two future Hall of Fame Celtic legends.

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Deron Williams made his much anticipated return last night, and boy, it was like night and day watching this team play with him on and?off the floor.

The team seemed to have a focus and identity with him running the?show. The first half it was extremely evident as the Celtics ran out to a 14-5 lead and then it was like a light switch went on for Williams. He?started to run and get the Nets into early offense and they ran off a?30-10 run to go into half with a 56-47 lead.

That hasn't happened much this season, folks.

Tags: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, d-will, deron williams, Nets, nets, Brian Erni
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The Nets (7-14) defeated the Boston Celtics (10-13) tonight by a score of 104-96.

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[sny-box] The Nets had a comfortable 13-point lead after three quarters but went cold from the field to start the fourth. The Celtics though could not make a serious enough dent into the lead, so when Brooklyn regained its stroke, the game was sealed.

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Tonight, the Nets play their third division game of the season, as they take on the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center at 7:30 pm. The two teams came together on a major trade this past offseason, and there's no doubt the players involved in that deal have had December 10 circled on their calendars ever since.

In July, the Nets and Celtics agreed on a deal that sent future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for five players and three future first-round draft picks. It was expected that the Nets would become a powerhouse, while the Celtics would be in rebuilding mode.

However, few would've expected the two teams to be in the respective positions they find themselves in today, as the two teams get set to square off for the first time this season. It's the Celtics, not the Nets, who sit atop the Atlantic division with a 10-12 record. It's the Nets, not the Celtics who enter tonight fourth in the division at 6-14.

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Keith Bogans is ready to take Reggie Evans to task on some ribbing Evans dished out during the preseason.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Bogans said Evans sent him lemons before the Nets and Celtics met in the preseason?to give him a playful message:

"When the Nets visited Boston for the teams' preseason finale in October, Evans found a couple of lemons in the visiting locker room at TD Garden. He grabbed a marker and had teammates autograph them before having a ball boy deliver them across the hall to Bogans and [MarShon] Brooks.?The insinuation: Life handed them lemons, so enjoy the sour taste of losing."

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The Nets lost to the Celtics tonight by a score of 101-97.

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[sny-box]The Nets played very good defense to start the game and held Boston to 19 first quarter points only to see the game go south pretty quickly after that. It became a struggle to score and players began doing things they don't normally do and they looked disjointed at times.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 101-93.

The Skinny: The Celtics raced out to the early lead, relying on hot three-point shooting to open an eight-point lead. But Joe Johnson found his outside stroke, and the Nets responded with a 13-2 run, capped off by back-to-back three-pointers by C.J. Watson. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Deron Williams took control offensively to open the second quarter, helping to increase the Nets? lead to six. Boston?s second unit immediately fought back to regain the lead, but from there the Nets went on a 15-4 run to lead by 10 at the break. D-Will scored 11 points in the quarter, and things began to get chippy as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul for a skirmish with Reggie Evans.

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The "Boston Brawl" that took place in Wednesday night's Brooklyn Nets win against the Boston Celtics may have people all over the league talking, but Kris Humphries wants no part of any of the talk.? The media has been asking Hump for comment after comment and he has refused to acknowledge the incident as if it would give it credence if he did.

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Humphries finally spoke about the incident yesterday for the first time so what did he have to say?

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In case you missed it, during Wednesday night's battle up in Boston against the Celtics, with 29.5 seconds remaining in the first half and the Nets leading the Celtics by a score of 51-35, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett. Humphries made slight contact with Garnett's face and Garnett fell to the hardwood.

Rajon Rondo took exception and attacked Kris Humphries. The skirmish ensued which resulted in three ejections. Humphries and Rondo were both tossed for their role in the brawl and Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett were each given technical fouls.

Unfortunately for the Nets, Gerald Wallace picked up a technical foul earlier in the game for arguing a non-call and picked up his second technical during the skirmish. Both he and Humphries were ejected for the Nets. For the Celtics, Rondo was tossed and Garnett was called for a technical foul.

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Tonight, at 7:30 P.M., the Atlantic division leading Brooklyn Nets will battle the Boston Celtics in Boston TD Banknorth Garden.

The Nets are looking to win four games in a row after losing to the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday. But in order to do so, it will need a complete effort against a Celtics team that will fight hard.

Rajon Rondo

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The entire NBA? knows what the normal defensive protocol is for playing Boston Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo: go under the screens on pick-and-rolls and make him beat you with his jump shot. Don't allow him to create easy buckets in the paint for others or otherwise wreak havoc in the lane.

Ahead of tonight's game, it will be interesting to see how the Nets play him. Rondo may surprise them with improve perimeter shooting proficiency.

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After the Nets blew a 13-point third quarter lead Thursday night, it looked as if the Boston Celtics would retain the momentum to earn the victory.?Luckily, Brooklyn fought back late to curb what would have been another painful loss.

Tags: big three, Boston Celtics, brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, clutch, Columns, deron williams, jj, joe johnson, johnson, nets
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First and foremost, let's be clear: we never wish injury upon any professional athlete and we would never take glee in anyone being hurt. That said, the Brooklyn Nets are still a team searching for its identity and riding a three game win streak, will look to make it four against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, they may be without one of their key cogs...

Rajon Rondo

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The Atlantic Division looks to be the toughest division in the NBA right now.? The Nets, Knicks, Celtics and Sixers have all upgraded their rosters to be able to compete in the division. We'll see about the Raptors... ?The division will be a great test for all five teams.

But do the Nets have a realistic chance at winning the division this year?

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?lkan Karaman

Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall in 2011) and Ilkan Karaman (57th overall in 2012) are a pair of European prospects recently selected by the Brooklyn Nets, and both got to test their skills against some NBA competition.

There are high hopes for each of these youngsters, and if they're anywhere near as good as Mirza Teletovic seems to be, they could contribute meaningfully to the Nets sooner rather than later.

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