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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett, beno udrih, Brandon Jennings, Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, iman shumpert, j.r. smith, Jason Kidd, jason terry, Jimmy Butler, joe johnson, Josh Smith, Kenyon Martin, kevin garnett, Knicks, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, metta world peace, paul pierce, Raymond Felton, tyson chandler, Sam Spiegelman
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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 110-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: After falling behind, the Nets went on an early 13-4 run to open a seven-point lead, with Deron Williams contributing five points during the run. But Chicago followed with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the game. Brook Lopez then led Brooklyn on a 7-0 run to again go up seven. Lopez poured in 11 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by five after one.

Nate Robinson?s energy led the Bulls on a 7-0 run to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Back-and-forth lead changes ensued before a 9-2 Nets? run, led by hot mid-range shooting by Kris Humphries, put Brooklyn back up six. Chicago again closed the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers from Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace and a pair of free-throws from Lopez as part of an 8-0 run put the Nets up 10. Eight points from Humphries in the quarter helped the Nets lead by eight at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, bulls, carlos boozer, chicago bulls, deron williams, joakim noah, joe johnson, kris humphries, nate robinson, Nets, nets, nets bulls
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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 79-76 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets went on an early 11-0 run fueled by six points from Deron Williams and a three-pointer from the ailing Joe Johnson to establish a double-digit lead. But from there, Brooklyn went completely cold, missing 14 straight shots over the final 6:25 of the quarter. The Bulls turned the ball over six times in the opening frame, but Chicago concluded the quarter on a 14-0 run to take a two-point lead after one.

An emphatic dunk by Brooklyn native Taj Gibson early in the second quarter gave the Bulls a six-point lead, but Chicago?s problems with turnovers kept the Nets in the game. Brooklyn just could not make a shot though, allowing the Bulls to go ahead by 12 as part of a 28-4 extended run. Chicago maintained a 10-point lead until a Gerald Wallace buzzer-beating three-pointer cut the Nets? deficit to seven at the break.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, bulls, carlos boozer, chicago bulls, deron williams, joakim noah, joe johnson, luol deng, Nets, nets, nets bulls
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On Monday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 90-82 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: Both teams were extremely cold offensively to start, but the Bulls managed an 8-2 run to open the game. The Nets did not make their first field goal until a Gerald Wallace running lay-up at the 6:48 mark. Carlos Boozer picked up where he left off in Game 1, knocking down a few tough shots early. The Nets played solid defense in the quarter with four steals and two blocks, which gave the offense some time to get going. Joe Johnson and Luol Deng each poured in seven first-quarter points, and Chicago led by three after the opening frame.

The Bulls increased the lead to seven to start the second quarter, led by an offensive spark off the bench from Marco Belinelli. But led by Kris Humphries, Brooklyn went on a 6-0 run to get within one. Three straight jumpers from Brook Lopez a few minutes later gave the Nets their first lead of the game. A 6-0 Chicago run put the Bulls back ahead, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by C.J. Watson cut the Nets? deficit to one at the break.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, bulls, carlos boozer, deron williams, derrick rose, eastern conference quarterfinals, luol deng, nba first round, nba playoffs, Nets, nets, nets bulls
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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 96-85.

The Skinny: The Bulls found themselves in early foul trouble, and the Nets took full advantage, going on a 15-2 run to open an 11-point lead. Following a Tom Thibodeau timeout, Chicago found its offensive stroke and went on a 15-6 run. Brooklyn had turnovers on four-straight possessions during that run. An underhanded floater by Nate Robinson at the buzzer tied the game at 27 after one. Brook Lopez had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the opening quarter.

Both benches played with good energy to keep the game close throughout most of the second quarter. But more Nets? turnovers helped the Bulls open a 14-point lead on a 15-0 run to end the half.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn, bulls, carlos boozer, joakim noah, nate robinson, Nets, nets, rapid recap, recap
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I've been checking out his blog lately and it continues to impress. BT insists that no one knows where they are going as of yet. But here are his predictions for the upcoming summer, followed by mine.

"...Since everyone else is secondary, grab a dart, and fire away!

Lebron James: 3 year extension with the Cavs, followed by a similar deal with the Knicks?or Nets

Tags: 2010 prospects, Amar'e Stoudemire, Brandon Tierney, Carlos Boozer, David Lee, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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It's a loaded question. He's a former Olympian who raves about Mike D'Antoni. He's also a player who seemingly is pining for one last big contract. He's also recently said that he now wants to stay Utah after almost being traded what seems like 10 times.

What is his value? Where is he in comparison to the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh? And, of course, David Lee.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, David Lee
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