Moke Hamilton

Moke Hamilton is a general assignment columnist and content provider for SportsNet New York, specializing in long-form sports features and deep-dive analyses.

New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo and small forward Carmelo Anthony react on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo and small forward Carmelo Anthony react on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

NEW YORK -- Not even Carmelo Anthony could hide his disappointment with the fact the Knicks left Barclays Center as losers on Friday. After losing to the Nets, 109-98, the Knicks have lost seven straight and 11 of 12.

"I think we gave this game away tonight," Anthony said. "That's a disappointment. ... I just thought we gave it to them tonight, especially after that first quarter, they applied a little bit of pressure, we started to turn to the ball over, 16 turnovers for 21, 22 points. That's the game right there."

As bad as the loss was, though, what's more disconcerting for these Knicks is what lies ahead. 

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NEW YORK -- As he has done for much of the past 35 years, Cardozo High School head basketball coach Ron Naclerio showed up for a game on Friday night. 

For a change, though, his win-loss record wasn't on the line.

The winningest PSAL basketball coach in history was honored by the Nets before they took on the Knicks at Barclays Center. The Nets honored Naclerio for his success and his contributions to the city over the course of nearly four decades.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) drives by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) for a layup during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) drives by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) for a layup during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK, February 1, 2016 - Interim head coach Tony Brown may not be doing much to improve his stock, but the same cannot be said of Shane Larkin. Larkin dished out an impressive 14 assists in just 28 minutes of action on Monday night, helping the Nets stay in a game against a superior Detroit Pistons team.

"Every single night you can't expect the starters to carry you so the bench gotta come out and sometimes pick up for where the starters left off," Larkin said after the Nets dropped the contest, 105-100.

Although Larkin's career night came in a loss, for the 23-year-old point guard, this season, he has taken advantage of the opportunity he has been afforded to prove that he can contribute to an NBA team. Entering this season, he played inconsistently over the course of his career with the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack injures his knee during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack injures his knee during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

The longest season in recent memory will now certainly become a tad bit longer, as the Brooklyn Nets announced on Sunday that Jarrett Jack has suffered a torn ACL and small medial meniscus tear in his right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Given only $500,000 of his $6.3 million salary for next season is guaranteed, the injury means Jack, 32, may have played his final game as a member of the Nets.

Nobody deserves that type of bad fortune, but for Jack, it is especially sad.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)
NEW YORK (December 23, 2015) -- Barring an improbable meeting in the 2016 NBA Finals, Brooklyn Nets fans hoping to see Deron Williams play at Barclays Center will have to wait until next season.

After suffering a strained hamstring in the Dallas Mavericks' 103-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, Williams was announced as a late scratch prior to Wednesday night's tip-off at Barclays Center.

"Very disappointing man, very disappointing," he said of his absence. "You only come here once. First time back and I get hurt the game before. So it's definitely frustrating missing this game because I wanted to be out there with my teammates," he said.

Truth be told, Williams also probably wanted to be out there to show that he still has something left in the tank. In a show of consideration, Wililams spoke honestly and openly with the media and didn't hold back much.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

NEW YORK -- Barring an improbable meeting in the 2016 NBA Finals, Brooklyn Nets fans hoping to see Deron Williams play at Barclays Center will have to wait until next season.

After suffering a strained hamstring in the Dallas Mavericks' 103-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, Williams was announced as a late scratch prior to Wednesday night's tip-off at Barclays Center.

"Very disappointing man, very disappointing," Williams said of his absence. "You only come here once. First time back and I get hurt the game before. So it's definitely frustrating missing this game because I wanted to be out there with my teammates."

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins looks on against the Miami Heat in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins looks on against the Miami Heat in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USATSI)

NEW YORK -- Maybe home cooking isn't all it's cracked up to be?

After dropping Wednesday night's 104-98 decision to the visiting Miami Heat at Barclays Center, the Nets closed out a nine-game stretch in which they slept in their own beds by going just 4-5. Although the team played the Los Angeles Clippers and the Heat fairly closely, in the end, they walk away with exactly the same thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers got after losing in last season's NBA Finals: nothing.

In Brooklyn, things seem to be unraveling. Worse than the losses is the body language. Lionel Hollins gets frustrated in every press conference and Joe Johnson, the man that Hollins desperately needs for this team to have any chance at making the playoffs, seems to have already somewhat checked out. Perhaps Johnson was despondent because of the poor shooting night (2 for 9 from the field, five points) that he turned in against Miami, but in tough times, teams need tough leaders.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton welcome actor and huge Knicks fan Michael Rapaport to the show for his take on Kristaps Porzingis and the 2015 Knicks.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis may be reminiscent of a younger version of Dirk Nowitzki, but after going toe-to-toe with the Latvian rookie on Monday night, it was Nowitzki who walked away, seemingly in awe. 

"He's for real," Nowitzki said after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Knicks on Monday night, 104-97.

"He's the complete package."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In the NBA, a win is a win, even if it comes against the Jahlil Okafor-less Philadelphia 76ers -- as it did for Derek Fisher's team on Wednesday night.

To the tune of a 99-87 victory, the New York Knicks snapped their four-game losing streak and suddenly find themselves at 9-10 on the season. Now, an opportunity to climb back to .500 when the Brooklyn Nets visit Madison Square Garden on Friday night awaits.

"This game was a must win for us," Carmelo Anthony said after the game. "We didn't wanna play with them, they are a dangerous team. Games that they've been losing, they've been in the game or winning going into the fourth quarter and the mid-fourth, so we didn't wanna take any chances."

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The Brooklyn Nets celebrate their 94-91 win against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
The Brooklyn Nets celebrate their 94-91 win against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- The sun wasn't shining in Brooklyn. At least, it wasn't on Tuesday night. 

Led by 23 points from Brook Lopez, a solid 11-point, eight-assist effort from Jarrett Jack and timely plays from Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington, the Nets pulled off a dramatic win 94-91 win over the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. 

The win, which was the team's fourth in a row at home, gives the Nets their first back-to-back wins of the season. For Lionel Hollins, the hope is that the solid effort is an indication of a team that is finally turning things around.

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During the third quarter of Sunday's matinee against Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers, after arguing a foul call, head coach Derek Fisher was ejected from the contest.

Apparently, Carmelo Anthony didn't mind.

"Do it again!" a jovial Anthony said after his Knicks narrowly escaped from Madison Square Garden with their first home win of the season.

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Watching Kobe Bryant and Joe Johnson go at it on Friday night was the basketball version of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, except that fight actually had a winner.

With a shade under 20 seconds remaining in the game's first half, Kobe found himself isolated with Johnson in front of him. About 12 seconds and thirty jab steps later, in vintage Kobe fashion, he managed to rise above his fellow shooting guard and sink a fadeaway from about 14 feet away. The lead gave the Lakers a five-point cushion heading into the half and, for a moment, Kobe seemed to have forgotten that the shot was only his fourth conversion in his first 12 tries.

With the Lakers carrying a 52-47 lead into the half, Kobe put on his Mamba face as he strutted his stuff toward the locker room, nodding his head emphatically. The Lakers fans in attendance cheered wildly, and the entire scene nearly made me cry. And not because Kobe is my favorite player to watch, but because it is indicative of how far we've come.

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What was turning out to be a fine performance in the young career of Kristaps Porzingis ended with a thud, both figuratively and literally.

On Monday night, a spirited and diligent effort by the Knicks ultimately came up short, but it was the Knicks' rookie sensation who may have walked away the biggest loser. The Spurs, having lost in Madison Square Garden last season, were determined to play well on Monday night and did just that, ultimately taking a 94-84 win from the Knicks.

But the story of the night was Porzingis - both for his brilliance and premature exit.

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I'm not saying that Jose Calderon can't play basketball anymore… I'm just saying maybe he shouldn't.

And if you listened closely after the New York Knicks dropped their home opener to the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 112-101 on Wednesday night, you could probably hear head coach Derek Fisher suggest the same.

"The bigger problem was the 52 points in the paint," he told the assembled media, suggesting that the 10-for-24 shooting from the three-point line isn't what did his team in.

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Kristaps Porzingis defends the basket against the Wizards. (AP)
Kristaps Porzingis defends the basket against the Wizards. (AP)

It may be a bit soon to declare Kristaps Porzingis a Hall-of-Famer, but at least now, after the Knicks captured a 100-81 victory over Brazilian club team Paschoalotto Bauru on Wednesday night, we can officially call him an NBA player.

Playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden for the first time, the Latvian rookie was admittedly anxious. Porzingis wouldn't convert on his first basket until 2:06 remained in the game's first half, but after connecting with fellow rookie Jerian Grant on a pick-and-pop opportunity, Porzingis was able to settle down.

"It was a relief," Porzingis said of his first basket. "I was like 'Okay, I'm good. Don't worry about nothing, just whenever you have a shot, take it, and if not, keep playing.' That moment, I realized I gotta just let the game flow."

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Deron Williams stood out of bounds. A mere 27.3 seconds and a two-point deficit stood between his Brooklyn Nets emerging from Philips Arena with a much-needed victory. He inbounded to Jarrett Jack and retreated to the left corner, as Joe Johnson operated from the top of the key.

Johnson broke Demare Carroll down off the dribble, and when the defense collapsed, it left a wide-open Williams all alone.

Williams nearly pump-faked Kent Bazemore out of his shorts, took two dribbles and stepped into a clean, in-rhythm 16-foot pull-up. The ball left his hands and it looked good. Rotation, spin, arc?but it was just a tad bit too long.

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He stood up from inside of his locker with a bucket of ice nearby. He closed his eyes as he stood and let out a long sigh. He limped across the locker room on his way out, when a familiar voice yelled out from across the locker room.

?How you doing??

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If there?s one thing you?ve gotta credit Mikhail Prokhorov for, it?s that he sure knows how to work a room.

Prokhorov addressed the media for the second time this season before his Nets lost to the Hawks Wednesday night at Barclays Center.

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You?ve gotta give credit where it?s due. And if there?s one thing the Brooklyn Nets deserve credit for, it?s being unpredictable.

On Friday night, the Nets, shockingly, resembled a playoff team and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-98. It was just the seventh time the Cavaliers have lost since January 15.

To a man, the Nets played with effort and passion and executed a well-prepared game plan.

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When Doc Rivers brought his Los Angeles Clippers into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and took a gaze at Derek Fisher, Rivers probably saw a little bit of himself in the rookie head coach.

After helping to pull off the biggest single-season turnaround in NBA history, Rivers knows a thing or two about what the Knicks are going through. To Fisher and Phil Jackson, he offered perspective.

?They need to just hang in there,? Rivers told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.??It can turn around quickly.?

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At Madison Square Garden on Sunday, the NBA?s Eastern and Western Conference All-Stars may have combined to score 321 points, but it is still the major tenants of the building?the New York Knicks?that find themselves in transition.

With news breaking that the Amar?e Stoudemire era in New York is officially over, the immediate question Knicks fans will now ponder is whether or not Carmelo Anthony?s ailing left knee will cause him to be shut down for the remainder of the season.

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Over the course of this past season, Mason Plumlee has emerged as the lone glimmer of hope for a Brooklyn Nets team that entered the NBA All-Star Break at 21-31 and trailing the Miami Heat for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

So, in a way, it is fitting that he is the major representative of the franchise during the NBA?s 64th Annual All-Star Weekend. Plumlee was a participant in Friday night?s BBVA Rising Stars contest, which, for the first time, featured a format that saw American-born players battle foreign-born players.

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Carmelo Anthony giveth and Carmelo Anthony taketh, and on Friday night, he took and took some more.

The New York Knicks dropped a 92-88 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in a game that ended up being much more competitive than many imagined would be the case when the Nets were racing off to a 17-point first half lead. Most showed up expecting the basketball equivalent of a pillow fight, but instead, witnessed a competitive basketball match break out.

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With the Brooklyn Nets entering Monday night with a five-game losing streak, Kevin Garnett showed some serious fight. It just happened to be the wrong type.

Garnett was ejected with 7:53 remaining in the first quarter of Monday night?s 113-99 loss to the Houston Rockets after getting into a skirmish with Dwight Howard that saw Garnett headbutt the center and two two exchange open-handed swipes.

Garnett will face sanctions from the league and is all but certain to be suspended for a game or two. It was a moment when the passion and fire that makes him great got the best of him.

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At Barclays Center on Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets may have been amongst royalty, but the Cleveland Cavaliers made them look like court jesters.

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on hand for their first NBA game, the short-handed Nets couldn't do much more than watch the throne once LeBron James took control in what ended up being a decisive third quarter.

?It was another bad third quarter for us,? Deron Williams said. ?We were playing pretty well up until that point and then LeBron got aggressive and began making plays for himself and others.?

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Sure, the Brooklyn Nets may be the best team in New York City, but that isn?t saying much, not when the lowly 4-15 New York Knicks are the measuring stick.

Beating the Knicks these days is hardly an accomplishment -- it?s something that has now happened in all bout four of the 19 games they have played this season. So no, what the Nets did in Tuesday night?s 98-93 win at Madison Square Garden certainly wasn?t impressive, but it sure was refreshing.

The Nets simply have too much talent to be a subpar team in the weak Eastern Conference. If nothing else, Tuesday night showed that the team -- when motivated -- has the potential to come up big when it matters most.

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The autumn air in New York City may be getting a bit more frigid with each passing day, but at Barclays Center on Monday night, the Heat?was on.

Playing without both Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng, the Miami Heat?also overcame a foul-plagued 29 minutes from Chris Bosh and defeated the Nets, 95-83.

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The New York Knicks took their show on the road on Friday night and ended up at Brooklyn?s Barclays Center.

Apparently, they forgot to pack their fight.

On Friday night, as the Nets were sleepwalking to a 110-99 victory, we learned that for Deron Williams and his team, it is not the third time that?s the charm -- it?s the fifth.

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For as long as anyone can remember?before Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson, and before Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, even long before Lionel Hollins?the edict from Mikhail Prokhorov has been consistent.

Between his snarky and witty comments, Prokhorov has rarely dodged an opportunity to use the ?C? word.

?Championship.?

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Trust me on this, if you ever truly want to know how big of a difference 24 hours can make, just watch the New York Knicks.

On Wednesday night, after the Knicks dropped a 104-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose held court in the visitor?s locker room at Madison Square Garden. He was upbeat. He spoke about how his Bulls were going to be ?scary? this season. He admitted that he couldn?t remember when he last played so few minutes in a meaningful game in which he was healthy.

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With a shade over three minutes remaining in an otherwise meaningless game, Amar?e Stoudemire received a pass in the pinch-post with his back to the basket. Carmelo Anthony stood still on the baseline for a moment before executing a perfectly timed back-cut.

Stoudemire saw him and threaded the needle beautifully. Anthony received the pass in stride and on time, but he couldn?t finish one of the the easiest shots he had?all night.

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Jovial, upbeat and proud, Commissioner Adam Silver announced a paradigm-shifting television deal that the NBA had inked with the Walt Disney Company and Time Warner. Indeed, there has never been a better time to be an NBA owner.

For the league?s players and its union, though, the mood in the aftermath wasn?t as upbeat. Most players that were involved in the last NBA work stoppage and the ratification of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to my intel, felt another word.

?Duped? is the exact word that one NBA player with whom I spoke used.

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His 18-point, 11-assist, seven-rebound, three-steal stat-line came in 42 minutes of intense action that saw him find C.J. Miles for a few three-pointers and Paul Millsap on a few pick-and-rolls.

That was the final game that Deron Williams played for the Utah Jazz and when Dorell Wright iced the game for his Golden State Warriors with two free-throws, Williams walked off the court in Salt Lake City, left the home locker room and eventually relocated 2,200 miles across the country.

Somewhere between Salt Lake City and East Rutherford, Williams lost something.

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When he received the entry pass on the elbow, the triangle formed action commenced. Jeremy Tyler saw his first two outlets but opted to hold onto the ball and wait for his backdoor cutter. Tyler threaded the needle beautifully and has shown, albeit in the Las Vegas Summer League, that he has the right instincts to be a vital cog in Derek Fisher?s offense.

His fight to to earn his opportunity continues.

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As he walked into the standing room only interview room at Barclays Center for the first time, Lionel Hollins flanked his new boss, Billy King, and sat down on the stage with a beaming smile on his face.

?To have this opportunity is truly a blessing,? Hollins said. Jubilant, he thanked King and Mikhail Prohorov and introduced himself to Brooklyn.

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Anyone who thought that Phil Jackson came to New York City to sit around and wait until July 2015 may be mistaken.?According to a league source, his grandiose vision of building a contender may begin sooner than anyone -- even Carmelo Anthony -- thought possible.

On the heels of a Monday morning account from ESPN that states the Knicks have engaged the Philadelphia 76ers on a salary-dumping Amar?e Stoudemire trade, a league front office source tells SNY.tv and TheKnicksBlog that the Knicks have also been shopping Andrea Bargnani. Jackson, according to the source, recently rebuffed a trade offer that would have seen Bargnani and Tim Hardaway Jr. sent out in a similar cap-clearing maneuver.

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When it was all said and done?after his building had hosted yet another NBA Draft?Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King pointed out the dichotomy.

?I think we?re still at the same point as we were at the end of the season,? he said.

It was a far cry from the feeling that Nets officials had one year ago.

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In midtown Manhattan, droves of NBA media from across the country met with some of the 2014 NBA Draft?s lottery hopefuls ? Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke and the Austrailian-born Dante Exum, to name a few.

Among those expected to be called when the draft gets underway on Thursday night is Syracuse University?s Tyler Ennis.

Ennis was asked about whether or not he could see himself becoming a member of the New York Knicks. In true point guard fashion, he dished on the subject, but may have revealed something else, all together.

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Never in NBA history has a team been able to erase a 3-0 series deficit.

On Saturday night, the Brooklyn Nets were determined to not have to attempt to be the first.

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The quite-familiar sound of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood and the bounce of the basketball echoing throughout a mostly empty Barclays Center was audible in Brooklyn on Saturday evening, but something occurred less than seven miles away, and Jason Collins suddenly became the man of the hour.

History had unfolded.

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With furrowed eyebrows and a slight chuckle, Kevin Garnett responded, tongue in cheek.

?Fresh is not a word I would use when it comes to me,? he said with a shrug after being asked how he managed to come up big for the Brooklyn Nets down the stretch of Friday night?s 97-83 Game 6 victory.

Garnett, half-jokingly, dropped the proverbial mic and exited the Nets? locker room to a chorus of laughter from the assembled media.

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Go ask former NBA greats and Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller. Combined, their four teams made six appearances in the NBA Finals and combined, they have zero championship rings to show for it. In the NBA Playoffs, every game counts and the hunt for the Larry O?Brien trophy, with each loss, becomes a bit more futile.

Giving a winnable game away hurts, but Paul Pierce?s message to his team and to the world after the Nets? disappointing 87-79 Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors was simple.

Dust yourself off and try again.

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As they sat at the podium and were asked to reflect on what had transpired over the course of Game 3, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson?two of only three players who played the last time the Nets hosted a playoff game?were eventually asked a great question.

What is different about this Game 3 than last season?s 79-76 loss at the hands of the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls?

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Still without a necktie and refusing to crack a smile, Jason Kidd?s Brooklyn Nets have scratched and clawed their way back to a place they have not been since November: even in the win-loss column.

With those around the league openly wondering if Kidd was in over his head and if he simply lacked the coaching clout and prowess necessary to command the respect of his Hall-of-Fame duo -- much less his former lead assistant Lawrence Frank -- the Nets season appeared to be spiraling out of control.

With a $100 million roster, aging superstars and championship aspirations, doubts did abound?

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In just about all walks of life, good leadership yields above-average results. Want proof? Look no further than the Phoenix Suns. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has capably led a young team devoid of any NBA superstars and has made them into one of the NBA?s darlings.

2,400 miles East, down in Miami, behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the HEAT are working on their third consecutive NBA title and are beginning to percolate quite violently.

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Has Mike Woodson seen his last game as the head coach of the New York Knicks?

Losing five of your last six games before the All-Star break, including losses to the worst team in each conference could finally force James Dolan to reluctantly pull the plug on the coach who once led a spirited revival.

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With Patrick Ewing sitting courtside, Michael Jordan watching and Kobe Bryant en route to New York City, on Friday night, Carmelo Anthony put the New York Knicks on his back and rose up above Madison Square Garden.

He soared as he scored, higher and higher, until he stood alone in history.

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The Miami HEAT may have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but on Friday night at Barclays Center, it was Paul Pierce who had the big three.

Pierce sank the game?s decisive bucket with 2:57 remaining in double-overtime. The three-pointer gave the Nets a seven point lead while James?who had fouled out in the game?s first overtime?watched from the bench.

Playing without Dwyane Wade and on the second night of a back-to-back, the HEAT battled courageously, even after James was disqualified with 36 seconds remaining in the game?s first overtime. With the HEAT trailing by two points, 93-91, and James on the bench, Chris Andersen rebounded a Joe Johnson miss and Norris Cole?s 18-foot pull-up jump shot sent the game into the second overtime.

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