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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington defends during the forth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington defends during the forth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • Brooklyn owns a three-game winning streak against Denver dating back to the 2013-14 season. It is the Nets' longest winning streak against the Nuggets since a four-game stretch from 2004-05 to 2006-07.
  • Brooklyn took a one-game road trip to Philadelphia Saturday and lost, 103-98. The Nets have lost six straight road games, but they have won each of their last two home games against Western Conference teams.
  • Thaddeus Young recorded his third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Philly Saturday. His 24 double-doubles this season are a career high and third among power forwards in the NBA behind DeMarcus Cousins (30) and Anthony Davis (27).
  • Denver beat New York in Madison Square Garden yesterday, 101-96. The Nuggets are now 4-4 on the road against Eastern Conference teams this season after posting a 3-12 record in those games last year.
  • The Nuggets have won four of their last six games, and both losses came by exactly four points each. Denver is averaging 105.2 points per game in that span after averaging 99.7 points prior to that stretch this season.
  • Joffrey Lauvergne played the entire fourth quarter yesterday for the Nuggets against the Knicks. Coming into Sunday, he had played during the fourth quarter just 16 times this season, averaging under six minutes during the quarter in those games.
Tags: Denver Nuggets , Thaddeus Young

 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

After rallying to win on one side of the East River, the Denver Nuggets can match their best win streak of the season by earning a Big Apple sweep on the other.

The Nuggets continue their three-game trip heading into the All-Star break with a visit to Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Denver (21-31) has gone on a minor surge since the end of January and won its second straight and fourth in six games with Sunday's 101-96 victory over the New York Knicks. >> Read more


Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Nets are closing in on a general manager.

According to New York Post's Tim Bontemps, the Nets have made significant strides in their general manager search, and it's expected they'll have someone in place to run the team ahead of the NBA's February 18 trade deadline. (Feb 6)

"The assumption is the team will likely go with someone with experience in the job, but several candidates both with and without are involved," Bontemps tweeted on Sunday.

The Nets reportedly had interest in two former NBA general managers: Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

As I've said before, it's so important for Brooklyn to have a GM ahead of this trade deadline in particular. With Joe Johnson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and others potential trade bait, the Nets need the same guy at the helm at the deadline that will be trying to have to coax free agents in the summer. Now that the Nets old guard is officially done, it's time for the next generation's plan to be carefully constructed from the ground up, and it starts at the deadline.

It's also a relief that the Nets will hire a GM before their bring in a coach. All the chatter surrounding David Blatt was starting to worry me. If the new GM says Blatt is the right guy, fine. But you need to let your new top executive pick his coach. 

Tags: Brian Erni

Jahlil Okafor (8) and the 76ers were too much for the Nets and Wayne Ellington to handle. (John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)
Jahlil Okafor (8) and the 76ers were too much for the Nets and Wayne Ellington to handle. (John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)

For a moment after Friday's win over the Kings, everything felt at peace in Nets land, and for good reason. Brooklyn moved the ball like a well-oiled machine, hit three pointers like they were going out of style, and even got contributions from their bench, as the Nets provided a glimpse of some of the talent that feels like it has laid dormant most nights this season.

 Then Saturday came, and everything snapped back to reality.

 Against the only team worse than them in the East - the Philadelphia 76ers - the Nets trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, and eventually had their comeback attempt fall short in a 103-98 loss. They were bested in the paint 54-40, as Jahlil Okafor played years beyond his age, and Brooklyn turned the ball over a stomach-churning 19 times, 11 in the first quarter. To say it was discouraging just hits the tip of the iceberg.

 "It's very frustrating, because I know we've shown we can be better and we can do better," Joe Johnson said. "To just come out and have a start like the way we did is unacceptable."

 Johnson's quote sums up the feeling of practically every Nets fan. We cling to wins like Friday over Sacramento, or even last month's home victory over the Thunder, because it feels like it's what the team can be when they execute. In moments as fleeting as Andrea Bargnani double-digit games, it feels like this could be a team like the one we were promised when Mikhail Prokhorov and all his bravado assured us that an O'Brien Trophy would arrive at Atlantic and Flatbush within five years of his purchase of the team. But then, we're brought back down to Earth as quickly as we allowed our daydreams to wash over us. Reality hits, and it's a very bleak outlook for the organization.

"We have to validate what we did [Friday] night," interim coach Tony Brown said. "We had to do it again and be consistent with what we did [on Friday],"

Brown's notion is commendable, and it's all we really want as fans. We want to know on the nights it feels right, it's not a complete aberration. Unfortunately for the Nets, the hallmark of a bad team is inconsistency. And with how many starts and stops Brooklyn has taken not just this season, but even stretching back to the sub-.500 playoff team of a year ago, it's clear that this club is nothing is not inconsistent.

 One step forward, two steps back. The same old dance, and I truly don't know how much more any of us can take.


76ers guard Kendall Marshall dribbles as the Nets' Brook Lopez defends during the second quarter. (John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)
76ers guard Kendall Marshall dribbles as the Nets' Brook Lopez defends during the second quarter. (John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports)

Box scores

PHILADELPHIA -- Jahlil Okafor had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Nerlens Noel added 18 points, including a key dunk late in the fourth quarter, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Rookie T.J. McConnell, filling in for injured point guard Ish Smith, tied his career-high with 17 points to go with six assists for the 76ers, who earned their eighth win of the season while snapping a four-game losing streak.

Thaddeus Young scored all 22 of his points after halftime for Brooklyn, which was trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 10. Young added 10 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 17 points for the Nets. Markel Brown, who entered averaging just 2.5 per game, was perfect from the field while setting a season-high with 15 points for the Nets. Brown made all five of his shots, including three 3-pointers.

The Nets trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and were down 69-64 entering the fourth quarter. Brown's third 3-pointer of the contest with 6:59 remaining gave Brooklyn its biggest lead, 86-81. But the 76ers scored eight of the next 10 and went back up on Hollis Thompson's 3 from the left wing that made it 89-88 with 4:44 left. Philadelphia's lead was still one point once when Robert Covington drained a 3-pointer with 1:16 to play that made it 97-96. Both teams missed field goals on ensuing possessions before McConnell's steal with 30 seconds left led to Noel's dunk with 21.3 ticks remaining that made it 99-96 and was enough for Philadelphia to earn their seventh win in the last 20 games.

Brooklyn dropped to 4-19 on the road.

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets will begin the formal interview process for their GM vacancy on Monday, according to ESPN.com's Mike Mazzeo.

Last month, the Nets reportedly narrowed their list of candidates to four: former Hawks and Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry; Barry Colangelo, who had previously been in the Suns and Raptors organizations; Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas; and Rockets Executive VP of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Chairman of the Board of Directors Dmitry Razumov, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark, ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment President Irina Pavlova and trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko will sit in on the interviews, according to Mazzeo.

Former GM Billy King, who stepped down in January, is also expected to have a say in who his successor will be, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported last month.


Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy battles Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez for position under the basket during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy battles Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez for position under the basket during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets have won back-to-back games just twice this season. The most recent instance came two months ago against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Joe Johnson and the Nets look to build on their best performance of the season and beat the 76ers again in a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams Saturday night.

The only thing preventing Brooklyn (13-38) from being at the bottom of the Atlantic Division is league-worst Philadelphia (7-43).

The Nets have looked worthy of that status while dropping 15 of 17 games, but they halted a five-game skid with Friday's 128-119 win over Sacramento. In a rare positive performance during an otherwise dismal season, they set season highs in points, shooting percentage (55.8) and 3-pointers (18).

"It feels great to get a win, to see everything clicking on all cylinders," said Johnson, who had season bests of 27 points and 11 assists while sinking 11 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. >> Read more...

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers , Joe Johnson

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots over Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots over Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Brooklyn dialed long distance on Friday, and had no problems connecting.
 
The Nets shot 64.3 percent (18-for-28) from beyond the arc, led by Bojan Bogdanovic (7-of-9 from three). Joe Johnson had a game-best 27 points, Brook Lopez scored 26, and Bogdanovic tallied 23 off the bench.
 
"The ball was moving so well, especially from the second half on, and we got great looks out of it," Lopez said. "We backed up the ball defensively. We were all there for each other, and we played almost the entirety of the game."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Ball movement? Open looks? Who are these guys?!
 
If only this could be every night. I know the Kings are having problems of their own, but Sacramento has plenty of talent, and the Nets just came out in full attack mode and put them on their heels. I really couldn't get over how fast the ball got around for Brooklyn. It looked like a completely different offense than we have grown accustomed to seeing this year. When guys had open looks, they drilled them. And I know I have been lamented the bench play all season, but do you see how much a difference it makes to have a player step up on the second unit?

Bogdanovic was one of the best players on the floor on Friday, and it gave Nets fans a much-needed reprieve, as Brooklyn busted a five-game skid. 

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic , Brook Lopez , Joe Johnson , Brian Erni

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson takes a rebound away from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo during the second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson takes a rebound away from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo during the second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

Joe Johnson had season highs with 27 points and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets had their best offensive performance of the season in beating the Sacramento Kings 128-119 on Friday night.

The Nets set season bests for points and 3-pointers while snapping a five-game losing streak. Reserve Bojan Bogdanovic made seven of their 18 3-pointers, while Johnson added five and Donald Sloan made four.

Brooklyn was 18 for 28 (64.3 percent) from behind the arc and shot 55.8 percent overall.

Brook Lopez added 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, Bogdanovic scored 23 points. >> Read more…

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic , Brook Lopez , Donald Sloan , Joe Johnson , Sacramento Kings

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

The Nets face the Kings at Barclays Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Kings defeated the Nets 111-109 in Sacramento on November 13, Rajon Rondo stealing the ball from Wayne Ellington on Brooklyn's final possession to seal the victory. However, the Nets have won their last six home contests in this series.
  • Sacramento has pulled down 40 or more rebounds in each of its last 12 games. That is the second-longest active streak in the NBA (OKC, 16).
  • The Nets are the only team in the NBA to have a worse record this season against teams that are currently .500 or worse (3-14, .176) compared to teams that are currently above .500 (9-24, .273).
  • DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in Wednesday's loss to Chicago. It was his fifth 30/10/2 game of the season, which leads the NBA.
  • Marco Belinelli has scored 18 points in each of his two games since moving into the starting lineup on February 1. He had just five points in his only other start of the season (November 6 vs Hou).
  • Joe Johnson picked up his sixth game with 20+ points this season when he had 20 Wednesday versus Indiana. This is the 14th straight season that he has had at least six 20+ point games; the only time he failed to do so was his rookie season (3).
Tags: Joe Johnson , Sacramento Kings

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) high fives Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Johnson (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) high fives Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Johnson (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Brooklyn has gone farther backward since their last matchup with Sacramento, having lost five straight and 10 of 11 following Wednesday's 114-100 defeat to Indiana for its 16th loss in its last 18 at Barclays Center.

The Nets' glaring lack of depth was even more evident against the Pacers, who finished with a 58-16 advantage in bench points.

"It's the same old story. We've got to find some other guys to join the fray," said interim coach Tony Brown, who fell to 2-11 since replacing the fired Lionel Hollins on Jan. 10. "Our starters played relatively big minutes but we just didn't have any rhythm coming off our bench."

The Kings have received considerably better production from their reserves, as Darren Collison is averaging 17.7 points while shooting 55.6 percent over a three-game stretch and Omri Casspi ranks among the league leaders with a 44.0 percentage on 3s.

Sacramento also figures to have an advantage inside, as it's second in the NBA in points in the paint (48.9 per game) and Brooklyn is allowing an average of 49.2 during Brown's tenure.

The Nets have had the greater recent success in the series, however, having won six of eight meetings. The Kings are 0-3 at Barclays Center and have lost six straight on the road to the Nets since a 106-101 victory in New Jersey on Dec. 18, 2007. >> Read more…

Tags: Brook Lopez , Thaddeus Young

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Nets forward Chris McCullough discusses his return from a knee injury that he thought would end his career.

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Another day, another Nets loss that followed the same old trope: good play from their stars and not much of anything from anyone else.

"It's the same old story," interim coach Tony Brown told reporters after the game. "We've got to find some other guys to join the fray."

Thaddeus Young posted his 22nd double-double of the season (16 points, 14 rebounds), a new career high. Brook Lopez scored 21 and Joe Johnson had 20. But the Nets bench managed just 16 points combined.

"It seems like every game we have a mental lapse or there's just turnovers," Johnson added. "I have no idea. I'm sorry. I don't know. We just hurt ourselves from time to time."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

It's really hard to watch the same set of circumstances play out every night. But against almost everyone in the league, the Nets are overmatched from their sixth man on.

On Wednesday, Brown tried to lean on his starters, playing them all more than 30 minutes. But how sustainable is that? Should Johnson really be playing 36 minutes a night? Should Lopez, who is always just one awkward landing away from every Nets fan holding their breath, be on the court for 38? Of course not, but what other choice does Brown have?

Forget their jobs, players like Shane Larkin and Andrea Bargnani are playing for their careers. It's time for them to show some urgency and be more consistent. If not, it's going to be the exact same situation on a nightly basis, and it's just brutal to watch.

Tags: Brook Lopez , Joe Johnson , Thaddeus Young , Brian Erni

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

C.J. Miles had 27 points, Paul George scored 17 and the Indiana Pacers sent the Brooklyn Nets to their fifth straight loss, 114-100 on Wednesday night.

George Hill added 13 for the Pacers. Brook Lopez had 21 points and Joe Johnson had 20 points and nine assists for the Nets.

Indiana opened on a 17-9 run. Brooklyn then missed its first eight shots to start second quarter. Indiana outscored the Nets 36-20 overall in the second and went up 62-43 at the half. >> Read more

Tags: Brook Lopez , Joe Johnson

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(Brad Penner)

The Nets host the Pacers tonight at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Indiana has won 16 of its last 22 overall meetings with the Nets, including eight of its 11 on the road against them. The Pacers defeated Brooklyn, 104-97, in the first matchup between the clubs this season back on December 18.
  • The Nets have dropped four consecutive games and have just two victories in their last 16 contests overall. Three of Brooklyn's losses during their current four-game slide have come by five points or fewer.
  • The Pacers have won two of their last three games after winning just once in their previous seven contests. Each of Indiana's last two games have gone into overtime (1-1 record).
  • Paul George, who is averaging just 13.7 points on 29.3 percent shooting from the field over his last three games, has scored at least 20 points in each of his last six games against the Nets -- tied with the Clippers for his longest active 20-point scoring streak versus any foe.
  • George Hill scored a season high-tying 23 points against Cleveland on Monday -- his sixth 20-point performance of the season. Hill was held to just nine points in the first meeting between these clubs this season.
  • Brook Lopez, who is averaging 29.3 points and is shooting 57.1 percent from the field over his last three games, has recorded a double-double in six of his last eight contests. Lopez has reached the 20-point plateau in 10 of his last 15 meetings with Indiana.
Tags: Brook Lopez

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks over Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) and center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dunks over Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) and center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (12-37) believe they've been playing better lately despite dropping 14 of 16.

Three of the defeats during their four-game skid have come by five points or fewer, including Monday's 105-100 loss to Detroit that marked their 15th loss in their last 17 at home. Brook Lopez scored 27 points and is averaging 26.4 over his last five, but he had trouble containing Andre Drummond as the Pistons held a 27-8 advantage in second-chance points.

Interim coach Tony Brown was pleased with the spark off the bench, as Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and Shane Larkin had a career-high 14 assists.

"We need to look to be more aggressive and more confident, each individually and as a whole," Lopez said. "We're on a bit of an upswing. We need to keep improving each and every game." >>> Read more…

Tags: Andrea Bargnani , Brook Lopez , Thaddeus Young

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Nets have been granted permission to interview Rockets executive Gersson Rosas, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN (Feb. 2).

Rosas, who briefly worked as the GM of the Mavericks in 2013 before resigning, has been with the Rockets for over 10 years and is currently working as their vice president of basketball operations.

The Nets reassigned GM Billy King and fired head coach Lionel Hollins last month.


Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) poses for a photo during media day at Barclays Center. (Evan Habeeb)
Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) poses for a photo during media day at Barclays Center. (Evan Habeeb)

Chris McCullough's recovery has taken a major step forward.

According to Fred Katz of FOX Sports, the Nets' first round draft pick has been cleared to play. Brooklyn, however, will hold McCullough out until after the All Star break to ensure his surgically-repaired ACL is ready for in-game action.

The NBA All-Star Game is February 14. The Nets' first game back after the break is Friday, February 19 against the Knicks.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

How would that be for an NBA debut for a New York guy, born in the Bronx? A home game in Brooklyn against the Knicks. That would be a lot of fun.

While we daydream about that, I'm really glad the Nets are being conservative here. There's no reason to push things, and since it's so close to the break anyway, they might as well give McCullough time to practice with the team and get the confidence that he can move and cut the way he's used to. That way, when he does take the floor in the latter part of February, he'll be on his way to clearing that big mental hurdle for an athlete recovering from major surgery. 

Tags: Chris McCullough , Brian Erni

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.

This season, he has appeared in 45 contests and is playing about 20 minutes per game. He has emerged as one of the more important reserve players in Brooklyn and it is a role he relishes.

"It's very important," Larkin said of the contributions of a team's bench. "Every single bench in the NBA is important. Everybody in the starting lineup gets all the praise, but the teams that are really good have a good bench."

In the end, it was the Pistons starters sorely outplaying the Nets starters that made the difference. Led by All-Star Andre Drummond and his 21-point, 18-rebound effort, the Pistons starters each scored in double figures and combined for 84 points, as opposed to just 54 combined points for the Nets starting unit.

Since being selected with the 18th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Larkin has been searching for a permanent home in the NBA and whether or not he ends up finding one in Brooklyn, he certainly has helped to improve his odds of finding one after this season.

According to Larkin, he recognized a lack of aggression in his game and vowed to approach things a bit differently. On Monday night, it certainly showed.

"I went through a stretch probably a week ago of maybe five or 10 games in a row where I wasn't being aggressive and not playing with intensity," Larkin said. "It kinda showed in the stats and on the film and I could kinda see myself not playing with the intensity that I was earlier in the year, so I kinda sat down with one of the coaches, watched my games, watched my minutes and that stretch when I was playing bad and it just was a whole different person than who I was," he said.

Both Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson acknowledged a new edict for each player to approach the game a bit more aggressively, though making the correct play is still the priority.

For Larkin specifically, the guard believes that he can help the team turn things around if he remains dedicated to being a difference maker, and based on what we saw against the Pistons, it's difficult to argue with the theory.

"I gotta use my speed and quickness to my advantage. Not a lot of guys have my speed and quickness, I'm not the tallest guy so I'm not gonna shoot over people or back people down or whatever so I gotta get by em, get into the lane and create," he said.

And if he does so consistently, when it's all said and done, we may look back at the 2015-16 NBA season as the one where Larkin proved to have the capability of being a long-term and productive NBA player.

Tags: Brook Lopez , Joe Johnson , Shane Larkin , Moke Hamilton

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots a three point shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) in the second quarter of their game at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots a three point shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) in the second quarter of their game at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)

Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson, who will be a free this offseason, said he would not rule out a return to Brooklyn but will be looking to join a winning situation rather than seeking the highest offer, according to Fred Kerber of the New York Post (Feb. 2).

Johnson, 34, is in the final year of a six-year, $124M deal he signed in 2010 with the Atlanta Hawks. The Nets acquired Johnson after the second-year of his deal.

"I just want a winning situation," said Johnson. "It's not going to be to no highest bidder or nothing like that."

The Nets are 12-37 this season, nowhere near playoff contention. However, Johnson reportedly has no interest in receiving a buyout from the Nets that would allow him to potentially move on to a contender for the remainder of this season.

Johnson is averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in his 14th NBA season. 

Tags: Joe Johnson , Tim Reilly

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Brook Lopez may have outplayed Andre Drummond on Monday night, but the Nets still couldn't come up with a victory against the Pistons.

In 36 minutes, Lopez shot 13-for-19 from the field for a game-high 27 points. He asses five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Drummond had 21 points (10-for-15) with 18 rebounds, an assist, and a block.

"I was just trying to be aggressive when I got it," Lopez said. "When we're getting looks, we're taking them. I think that's something we just all have to keep doing."

Over his last five games, Lopez is averaging 26.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 34.8 minutes.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Lopez has definitely been a man on a mission as of late, maybe fueled by his All-Star snub, and he showed just how good he can be in his match up against Drummond. The Nets always have problems handling Drummond. It's deadly for them. But Lopez held his ground and was able to get separation down low. He also adjusted nicely to the fact that Detroit was giving him open looks outside the paint, and he made them pay. Brook hit seven shots from eight feet or more, six of those were from 15 feet and beyond.

The problem was that as good as Lopez played, it didn't really suppress Drummond. When the Nets gave Lopez some extra help, it didn't accomplish much. Drummond was still able to do his thing, dominating the glass in the process, which led to plenty of second chance points. It just goes to show that while Brooklyn's foundation pieces are good, but the supporting cast just can't do enough to slow down their opponent's best, even when Brook is on fire.

Tags: Brook Lopez , Brian Erni

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) shoots the ball over Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani (9) and center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) shoots the ball over Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani (9) and center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

It didn't look like the Nets believed in second chances on Monday night.

Brooklyn was outscored 28-7 in second chance points, and outrebounded 49-39 by the Pistons.

"That was the game," interim coach Tony Brown said. "[Andre] Drummond is a load. That was one area where we fell short tonight."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

I dread these games against Detroit, because you know Drummond is just going to own the glass. He did again on Monday. Seven of his 18 board were on the offensive glass, which kept the ball alive for those second chance points. In fact, the Pistons had 19 offensive rebounds to a paltry seven for Brooklyn. That's just not going to get it done.

The Nets can't afford to give away possession like that. Once they force a miss, they need to turn the ball up the other way. Their defense just isn't good enough to constantly be asked to get consecutive stops, and their offense would benefit from the extra time with the ball. Instead, Brooklyn gave Detroit too many resets, and it really cost them in a tight game.

Tags: Detroit Pistons , Brian Erni

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andre Drummond had 21 points and 18 rebounds, Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Brookyln Nets 105-100 on Monday night.

Drummond fell just shy of an NBA-high sixth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season but delivered the tiebreaking basket on a dunk with 1:30 remaining. Jackson added a couple of clutch baskets as the Pistons avoided a third straight loss.

They had fallen to Cleveland and Toronto, the East's top two teams, but were just good enough to get by the Nets, one of the worst.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points for the Nets, who have lost four in a row. Andrea Bargnani added 18 points off the bench. >> Read more

Tags: Brook Lopez

 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

The Nets host the Pistons on Monday night at 7:30.

According to STATS...

  • The Nets defeated the Pistons in Brooklyn, 87-83, on November 29. The 87 points were the fewest ever scored by the Nets in a winning effort over Detroit at home.
  • The Pistons had a season-low nine assists in the loss at Toronto on Saturday, thus ending a streak of 303 consecutive games with at least 10 assists. Detroit had not had single-digit assists since finishing with eight in a loss at Miami on April 8, 2012.
  • Brook Lopez scored a season-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss at New Orleans. It was Lopez's third 30/10 game of the season, trailing only Paul George with five for the most among Eastern Conference players.
  • Brandon Jennings dropped his season-high of 22 points in the loss to the Raptors. No Piston had scored more points off the bench since Jodie Meeks went for 24 in a win over the Hornets on April 12, 2015.
  • Joe Johnson finished January averaging 13.5 points per game. It was his highest scoring average in a calendar month since going for 15.2 points per game in February 2015.
  • Andre Drummond has put up at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in both meetings with Brooklyn this season. The only Piston in the last 30 years with three 20/10 games against the Nets was Bill Laimbeer in 1986-87.
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 (Matt Bush)
(Matt Bush)

Andre Drummond's awful free-throw shooting hasn't been the problem for the Detroit Pistons. It's been his relative lack of rebounding, according to coach Stan Van Gundy.

The league's top rebounder as well as its worst foul shooter might be hitting the glass harder when the visiting Pistons try to avoid a third straight loss Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

Drummond averages 15.0 rebounds and is shooting 34.7 percent at the line. Opponents are fouling him with more regularity, and he has made 3 of 17 free throws in back-to-back defeats.

Van Gundy, though, is more annoyed at Drummond's 20 rebounds in those games, with 12 in Saturday's 111-107 defeat at Toronto. That effort came on the heels of Drummond being held to eight or fewer for the third time in four games in a 114-106 loss to Cleveland the night before. >> Read more


Pelicans center Omer Asik guards Brooklyn's Brook Lopez in Saturday's game in New Orleans. (Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports) (Matt Bush)
Pelicans center Omer Asik guards Brooklyn's Brook Lopez in Saturday's game in New Orleans. (Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports) (Matt Bush)

Box score

NEW ORLEANS -- Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the 105-103 on Saturday night.

New Orleans' Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his first game back after sitting out with a concussion. Davis started 0-for-10 from the floor before finding his rhythm.

The Pelicans (18-28) and Davis were helped by Ryan Anderson's 24 points off the bench. Holiday's final shot gave him a team-best 26 points.

Brooklyn (12-36), meanwhile, lost for the third straight game and allowed an opponent to shoot 44 percent or better for the 12th consecutive game.

Brook Lopez scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Nets. Wayne Ellington added 18 points.

Read more. . . .


Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown yells to his team during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown yells to his team during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets face the New Orleans Pelicans on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This will be the first meeting between these teams in 2015-16. The Pelicans have won the last three games in this series after the Nets had taken the previous three meetings.
  • With their win over Sacramento on Thursday, the Pelicans snapped their eight-game losing streak when playing without Anthony Davis (they had been 0-5 without him this season).
  • Norris Cole recorded his second double-double of the season (but his first career points/assists one) when he had 17 points and 10 assists against Sacramento on Thursday. He had just one double-double in his first four seasons.
  • Ryan Anderson tied his career-high for points in a game when he poured in 36 in Thursday's victory over Sacramento; he also had 36 points against Chicago, December 2, 2013. Anderson has now had 20+ points in each of his last three contests.
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Jan 26, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) congratulates forward Thaddeus Young (30) on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
           (Anthony Gruppuso)
Jan 26, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) congratulates forward Thaddeus Young (30) on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

(AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans don't know when All-Star forward Anthony Davis and guard Tyreke Evans will be back. That means Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday may need to pick up the scoring slack to keep them surging Saturday night against the woeful Brooklyn Nets.

New Orleans (17-28) is averaging 110.9 points while winning six of its last eight games. The most significant loss of that stretch, however, is losing Davis to a concussion suffered Monday when he was accidentally hit in the head by Evans' elbow during a 112-111 loss to Houston.

Evans, meanwhile, has right knee tendinitis.

Without the pair, who average a combined 37.1 points, the Pelicans got superb performances from Anderson and Holiday in Thursday's 114-105 win over Sacramento. Anderson matched his career high of 36 points and added nine rebounds and four assists, while Holiday added 25 points and eight assists without a turnover off the bench as New Orleans won for the first time in six games without Davis.

"Obviously, Ryan was great, but I thought our other guys stepped up," coach Alvin Gentry said. "When they made a run at us, we kept our composure and were able to come up with the necessary baskets to extend the lead back. I was happy with the way everyone played."

Anderson added nine rebounds and four assists against the Kings, and he's averaging 27.0 points over the past three games - well above his season mark of 17.4 per game.

"We've been playing hard and playing really good defense and just playing for each other," said Holiday, who has 57 points and 17 assists over the last two games. "If we keep doing that, I think we can be where we want to be at the end of the day."

New Orleans has averaged 107.3 points during its three-game winning streak over the Nets (12-35). That seems destined to reach four since Brooklyn has lost 11 of its last 13 games while scoring just 90.5 per contest.

The Nets were abysmal from the field Friday, shooting a season-low 35.9 percent - 4 for 20 from beyond the arc - in a 91-79 loss at Dallas.

"I've been in situations before, so I know how to stay positive," said Thaddeus Young, who has been on one team with a winning record in eight-plus seasons. "I know how to continue to play, and how to keep willing my team on. That's what I'm going to do."

Young will try to improve upon his 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals from Friday. The forward had 19 points in a 102-96 loss in the Nets' most recent visit to New Orleans on Feb. 25.

Brook Lopez had 15 points and seven boards as a reserve. However, he was among the few bright spots for Brooklyn on Friday, scoring 28 points with 12 rebounds.

The center is averaging 23.7 points, 10.3 boards and 2.0 blocks over the past seven road games.


Jan 29, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 29, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Brooklyn's bench continues to be a drag on the team, sending the Nets to their seventh loss in their last eight games.

The Nets' second unit shot just 1-for-14 from the field, the lone bucket an Andrea Bargnani jumper in the fourth quarter, in Brooklyn's 91-79 loss in Dallas on Friday night.

"Our second unit, we're still trying to find a rhythm there," interim coach Tony Brown told reporters after the game. "We seem to have turnovers, or we had shots, but wouldn't take it."

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Brooklyn's bench mob looks more like a bench blob, as the second unit continues to be the biggest indicator of the shortcomings of this team. I don't really even know how your bench doesn't score until the fourth quarter, but they found a way against the Mavs. Andrea Bargnani, who was coming off his best game of the season, was a defensive sive all night, and Bojan Bogdanovic played to a game-worst -24 rating.

It's really such a shame, because the starters on this team are talented. The second they come out though, the Nets are immediately in a hole. I know Billy King's hands were tied when he put this group together, but one major element of the makeover the next general manager has to accomplish is finding bodies who can be productive off the bench. Because this is what happens when you don't have a deep enough roster in the NBA, and it isn't pretty.


Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and guard Deron Williams and center Zaza Pachulia defend against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the first half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)
Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and guard Deron Williams and center Zaza Pachulia defend against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the first half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USATSI)

(AP) -- Chandler Parsons had 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds while Deron Williams struggled in his first game against his former team and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 91-79 Friday night.

Parsons led the Mavericks in scoring for the fifth time in six games and is averaging 24 points during that span. He appears close to a full recovery from offseason right knee surgery.

Williams, who sat out a visit to Brooklyn in December with a left hamstring strain, scored eight points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Brook Lopez scored 28 points to lead the Nets, who had a four-game winning streak in Dallas snapped. Brooklyn is 3-12 in January with one game remaining in the month, which included the firing of coach Lionel Hollins. >> Read more...

Tags: Brook Lopez , Dallas Mavericks

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson congratulates forward Thaddeus Young on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson congratulates forward Thaddeus Young on a basket during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Dallas Mavericks on the road Friday at 8:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Mavericks defeated the Nets 119-118 in overtime in Brooklyn on December 23. Three of the last four games in this series have ended up going into overtime.
  • The Nets have had trouble keeping opponents from scoring in the paint this season; Of the total points allowed by Brooklyn, 44.1 (2094/4744) percent have come in the painted area.
  • Hitting a lot of three-pointers in a game has not proven to be a winning formula for Dallas of late; the Mavericks have lost their last three, and five of their last six, games in which they have made 10 or more threes.
  • Brook Lopez (19) and Thaddeus Young (20) have already combined for 39 double-doubles in 2015-16. That is more than the top two Nets' players combined for in an entire season since Kris Humphries and Deron Williams combined for 51 in 2011-12.
  • Chandler Parsons is averaging 25.4 (127/5) points on 58.7 (44/75) percent shooting (.600 (18/30) 3P%) while also pulling down 7.0 (35/5) rebounds over his last five contests.
  • J.J. Barea is shooting 43.5 (27/62) percent from behind the arc against non-conference opponents this season as opposed to just 27.3 (21/77) percent versus conference foes. That 16.2 percent differential is second largest in the NBA amongst players with 20+ 3PM versus both conference and non-conference teams (3P% vs non-conf teams higher).

Tags: Brook Lopez , Dallas Mavericks , Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

 

Although he avoided the wrath of potentially angry Nets fans last month, Deron Williams' recent play has started to resemble that of his last two seasons in Brooklyn.

Williams is expected to face his former team for the first time when the Dallas Mavericks try to avoid their fourth loss in five games and deal the visiting Nets a 12th loss in 14 on Friday night.

The Nets opted to buy out the final two years of his $98.5 million contract before the Mavericks (26-22) quickly signed the three-time All-Star in July. Williams was out with a strained hamstring in what would have been his first game back in Brooklyn, a 119-118 Dallas overtime win Dec. 23.

After Tuesday's 102-98 loss to Miami, the Nets begin a two-game trip with the Eastern Conference's second-worst road record at 4-16.

"Just another story of not being able to finish a game," interim coach Tony Brown said at the end of a 1-3 homestand.

Thaddeus Young proved to be a difficult matchup for the Mavs in December, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and hit all five 3-point attempts as Brooklyn shot 50.5 percent and made 10 of 19 from beyond the arc.

Dallas, however, has done a decent job on Brooklyn leading scorer Brook Lopez. The center, averaging 19.6 points this season, has totaled 20 in the past two meetings. >>> Read more…

Tags: Brook Lopez , Dallas Mavericks , Thaddeus Young

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Bojan Bogdanovic is headed to All Star weekend to take part in his second consecutive Rising Stars Game. But despite the symmetry, his sophomore season finds him at a far different place than a year ago.

The now 26-year-old came into league with tempered expectations. Three years after being drafted by the Heat, traded to the Nets, and stashed in Europe by Brooklyn, Bogdanovic came into the league as an intriguing case. He was older than the typical rookie but had to adjust to the American game. By the end of the 2014-15 season, the results were solid. Bogdanovic averaged nine points in 23.8 minutes per game.

But in expanded minutes this season, Bogdanovic has been hit or miss. According to Basketball Reference, he has nearly as many negative game scores (six) as he has posted a double digit positive game score (nine). His point per game production is similar (9.5 per), but in more time on the floor (27 minutes), essentially equating a net negative. The comparison isn't necessarily fair, with the Nets' point guard position in great upheaval, but it's still notable enough regression that makes some wonder if the Croatian is indeed part of the long-term solution in Brooklyn.

That's a question that the Nets' new braintrust -- whoever it winds up being -- will have to answer in the coming weeks or months. With another season of team contract in hand at a reasonable $3.5 million, Bogdanovic is certainly one of Brooklyn's most attractive trade chips.

What kind of haul he would bring from a contender looking to upgrade their bench is the question. And if a contender is looking to bring Bogdanovic into the fold, is the potential package worth both giving up on a player who clearly still has a high ceiling and the 15 percent trade kicker it would trigger?

It certainly matters to Bogdanovic. The risk of being overexposed in the Nets' lackluster offense could certainly bring down his value when he hits free agency. Certainly a season and a half fitting into a well-oiled machine of an offense would make him more attractive. But this is all of the U.S. game Bogdanovic knows, and he might not be too eager to move on this early into the process.

And thus, the mixed bag for Bogdanovic, who is finding out that being a Rising Star on a sinking ship has its drawbacks.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic , Brian Erni

Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) at the net during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 110-105. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) at the net during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 110-105. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Brooklyn Nets F Bojan Bogdanovic has been named to the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All Star Weekend on the World team roster.

Bogdanovic, 26, is averaging 9.5 and 3.4 rebounds per game in his second NBA season.

The Nets selected Bogdanovic in the second-round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Bogdanovic is of Bosnia descent. 

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic , Tim Reilly

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots for three over Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) shoots for three over Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Joe Johnson is starting to look like his old self.

This month, Johnson is shooting 49.7 percent overall and 51.8 percent from deep. That's up 35 percent overall and 30.2 percent from where he was between October and December behind the arc.

"I see him more engaged, more into the game versus being a guy that is just spotting up on the perimeter waiting for the ball to find him," interim coach Tony Brown said.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

When you look at the inroads the Nets offense has made over the last month, Johnson's production is one of the biggest reasons. Brown's assessment is on the money. It seemed like all Joe did for the first half of the season was stand around, just waiting for the ball to find him. That's such a divestiture from what made him great all those years. He was the guy that could absolutely spot up and hit a look from the outside, but he was also willing to drive the lane and work himself down low. Now that he's shown a willingness to get to the dirty areas again, he's reaping the benefits. 

Tags: Joe Johnson , Brian Erni

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem puts the ball over Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem puts the ball over Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

It looked like Andrea Bargnani might not play due to illness on Tuesday. Instead, Nets fans ended up asking if they could give the whole team whatever Bargnani has.
 
Bargnani went 9 for 12 from the field en route to a team-high 20 point performance in the Nets' 102-98 loss to the Heat.
 
"My teammates found me on the pick and pop. It was all good passes and open shots. I was just aggressive," Bargnani told reporters after the game. "I think it was a good game. We played with a good effort, we gave ourselves a chance to win. The last two minutes they made some tough shots and we didn't. That was the game."

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There may or may not have been some jokes floating around when Bargnani was listed as questionable given that he's always questionable. Leave it to the big man to make us look silly. Bargnani was right. He was just aggressive getting to the basket, and he was an easy target for Brooklyn to find down low. Twelve of his 20 points came in the second half, and it looked like Bargnani was going to be the one to give the Nets their second impressive victory in the last three days.
 
Unfortunately, the rest of the club just couldn't match his production. Brooklyn was outscored 50-28 in the paint, as Miami's bigs had no problem beating the Nets' double teams. In fact, Miami took only 10 foul shots the entire game, which is an indicator to just how uncontested their attempts were down low. It's a shame because I thought Brooklyn put forth an impressive effort, and it would have been nice to see Bargnani be a huge factor in a win. Instead, it's just a footnote in the team's 34th loss of the season.

Tags: Andrea Bargnani , Brian Erni

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Nets host the Heat tonight at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Miami's five-game winning streak against the Nets was snapped on December 28 with a 111-105 defeat. The Nets had previously gone seven straight games without scoring 100-plus points against the Heat.
  • The Heat and Nets have a combined 4-14 record since January 9. Miami (2-7) and Brooklyn (2-7) are tied for the second worst record in the Eastern Conference during this stretch.
  • In their 116-106 home win over the Thunder on Sunday, Joe Johnson became the 31st player in NBA history to reach 40,000 minutes. Johnson has averaged 36.2 minutes in 1107 career games during his 15-year career.
  • In Sunday's win over Oklahoma City, Brook Lopez recorded his seventh career game with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks (31 pts, 10 rebs & three blks). Five of those performances by Lopez have occurred over the last calendar year.
  • The Nets are seeking back-to-back wins for just the third time this season - the only other two coming from Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 8-10. Brooklyn hasn't won three games in a row or more all season.
  • Dwyane Wade has scored at least 21 points in 10 consecutive games against the Nets. He is averaging 25.3 points and the Heat have a 7-3 record in those contests.
Tags: Brook Lopez , Joe Johnson

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

The Miami Heat have ruled F Hassan Whiteside (hip) out against Brooklyn on Tuesday night (Winderman, Jan. 26).

Whiteside is averaging 12.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.

F Chris Anderson (Knee) and F Josh McRoberts (knee) have also been ruled out while PG Goran Dragic (calf) is listed as questionable. 

Tags: Miami Heat , Tim Reilly

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 91-78. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 91-78. (Brad Penner)

The Nets have lost 18 of 23, but ended a five-game losing streak with only their second victory in 15 home contests Sunday with a 116-106 win over Oklahoma City.

Brook Lopez led the way with a season-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting.

"We just weren't happy with the way we've played the last however-many games. There's a good amount of them," he said. "(A 108-86 home loss to Utah on Friday) was kind of the capper. I know for me personally it was just an ugly, ugly game and we wanted to come out and erase our memory of that."

Lopez has averaged 25.5 points on 55.0 percent shooting in the two games against Miami this season, his second-best showing versus any Eastern Conference opponent.

Wayne Ellington had 26 points in the latest matchup, two shy of tying his career high, and easily his best performance in a season in which he's averaged 6.3. >>> Read more…

Tags: Miami Heat

 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

David Blatt, who was recently fired by the Cavaliers, is reportedly a leading candidate for the Nets' vacant head coaching job, according to a report from Russian news outlet TASS (Jan. 25).

TASS cites a source who says the Nets are considering several head coaching candidates but that Blatt is a top priority.

The Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned GM Billy King on Jan. 10.

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Am I the only one who's confused how the Nets have a front runner for their coaching vacancy without having hired a general manager? How can Brooklyn's front office be holding this big search for GM candidates and not even let the GM pick the next head coach? It makes me skeptical of the report, though considering the rumor is coming out of Russia, it's certainly worth contemplating.

The way Blatt was run out of Cleveland despite a winning record obviously points to some problems he may have had with the room, most notably with LeBron James. So I don't see what the Nets would gain from jumping on Blatt this quickly, especially without giving a GM a chance to conduct his own search.

The Nets are going to need all the recruiting help they can get from a head coach when it comes to bringing free agents into the fold. Hiring one that just got canned by falling out of favor with the biggest superstar in the NBA doesn't strike me as the smartest way to go about things.


 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Durant in Brooklyn? It's probably a reach, but there is belief around the league that the Nets will be a factor in the pursuit of one of the summer's biggest free agents.

ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that rival agents believe Brooklyn will definitely stand a chance at landing Durant, citing the connection between the team and Durant's agency, Roc Nation Sports, as one potential reason.

Prior to facing the Nets on Sunday at Barclays Center, Durant heaped praise onto the basketball culture of New York City.

"It's always fun to be here. It's the mecca of basketball in New York City," Durant said. "I always enjoy playing here in front of these fans who enjoy the game of basketball. It's amazing. You can tell when you walk in the arena. Being at Barclays and being at Madison Square Garden, it's that pure basketball feel when you walk in the arena."

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Practically everyone is going to want KD this offseason and almost every team is going to have cap space to work with, so I'm not really getting my hopes up. But I'm sure the idea of joining this roster with a ready-made front court and a team that will unquestionably be his has to be attractive. Don't get me wrong, there will be other teams far better positioned to add Durant, but KD strikes me as a guy who relishes the idea of being a franchise savior. He'd definitely be that in Brooklyn.

The Roc Nation Sports connection (with both former minority owner Jay Z and Michael Yormark in key leadership positions) is a funny one, too. We've see Roc Nation steer a big free agent away from New York (Robinson Cano to the Mariners), and one leave a few guaranteed years on the table to stay (Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets). All in all, I think Roc Nation is like any other agency: they prioritize what their clients tell them to. For Cano, it was getting the best deal. For Cespedes, it was staying in the bright lights of NYC. Who knows what Durant will tell them to pursue.

Tags: Brian Erni

 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young took over on Sunday and got the Nets an impressive win against a hot Oklahoma City Thunder club.

Lopez scored 31 points (11-for-19 from the field) and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Young had a double-double of his own (14 points, 14 rebounds) in the Nets' 116-106 win at Barclays Center.

"They kind of controlled the game, their bigs," Kevin Durant said of the Nets' front court.

"I thought Brook was outstanding," interim Nets head coach Tony Brown said. "He had a great presence in the paint. We posted him. That's the type of showing I would like to see from him going forward."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

What a game for both of these guys, particularly Lopez, who the Thunder had absolutely no answer for. When Brook is dominating in the paint like he was on Sunday, there's just absolutely no way to stop him. This season has obviously been a mess and full of letdowns, so it's easy to forget that Lopez is a world-class talent who can do things other big men just can't. On Sunday, he gave everyone a reminder.

Meanwhile, Young's double-double was his first since the Knicks game on Jan. 13, and definitely his best game since that night. I know I keep singing his praises, but Young is just a player you have to watch night in, night out to truly appreciate. His hustle on the offensive glass (seven offensive boards, which tied a season-high) really gave the Nets some of the confidence they showed in taking their shots when they had their looks. Sometimes, the little things just make all the difference, and Young proved that once again on Sunday.

Tags: Brian Erni

Former Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry (Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports)
Former Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry (Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets have four candidates for their GM vacancy and hope to name a new GM by the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The candidates, Wojnarowski notes, are former Hawks and Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry; Barry Colangelo, who had previously been in the Suns and Raptors organizations; Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas; and Rockets Executive VP of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas.

The Nets are expected to begin the formal interview process in early February, according to Wojnarowski.

Billy King had served as Nets GM sincd 2010 until he stepped down earlier this month. Until a replacement is named, he is still involved in day-to-day operations.

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I can understand why the Nets would want to focus on international scouting, because when you're building a team, every resource matters. I just wouldn't have that carry the most weight when making the decision. I don't know much about Karnisovas or Rosas. It could very well be that one or both of them are the next great GM in this league. But I don't think you can overlook the fact that, in order to be anywhere close to relevant over the next three years, the Nets are going to have to lean on free agency rather that player development. I don't know for certain if a more established candidate like Heep or Colangelo give Brooklyn a better chance to do that, but I'd have to assume that's the case.
 
The biggest takeaway from this report, though, is that we're moving toward a conclusion. I wouldn't be surprised if this list gets narrowed down this week, with Brooklyn deciding on a new general manager by the weekend. 


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The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Thunder on Sunday, 116-106, behind a season-high 31-points from Brook Lopez in a much-needed win.

(AP) -- Brook Lopez scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 victory Sunday night.

Kevin Durant had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but Oklahoma City never led in the game that was delayed four hours by the blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on New York on Saturday.

Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Thunder lost for just the fifth time in 27 games.

Taking advantage of a Thunder team missing starting center Steven Adams, Lopez shot 11 for 19 from the field in bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had been limited to just eight points Friday in a loss to Utah. >> Read more...

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Jan 11, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 11, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) puts a shot over San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Update: The tipoff time for today's game has been moved from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The massive winter storm that's leveled New York City and much of the East Coast had placed Sunday afternoon's game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets in question.

It may have been the Nets' only chance to stop one of the NBA's hottest teams.

The contest is expected to go on as scheduled, with the Thunder aiming to extend their season-high winning streak and deal the hapless Nets a sixth consecutive loss. 

Oklahoma City (33-12) arrived in the New York metro area early Saturday morning, hours after recording a seventh straight victory with Friday's 109-106 win over Dallas that opened a four-game trip. One more would give the Thunder their longest unbeaten stretch since a 10-game run from Jan. 16-31, 2014.

Presuming the game isn't ultimately called off, the odds will be heavily in their favor to lengthen the streak. Brooklyn (11-33) has lost five straight and 10 of 11 and won't be drawing a favorable matchup with the Thunder, the league's second-highest scoring team at 108.6 points per game.

The Nets rank 29th in that category (95.1 ppg) and have been held under 90 points seven times during their 1-10 stretch. They're struggling badly on the defensive end as well, having permitted 107.3 points per game and 51.2 percent shooting in seven games under interim coach Tony Brown.

Utah shot 57.3 percent overall and went 16 of 22 while outscoring the Nets 37-17 in the third quarter en route to Friday's 108-86 rout at Barclays Center, Brooklyn's 13th loss in its last 14 at home.

"They made shots, we didn't. The same song and story as it's been the last couple of games," forward Thaddeus Young said. "We get off to good starts and have good first halves and then the second half, we'll have two crucial turnovers that kind of turns the game and it just slips away from us."

The Thunder outscored Dallas 37-18 in the third quarter to take an 85-74 lead into the fourth, then held on after the Mavericks cut a 17-point deficit down to one in the final minute.

"There was some adversity," coach Billy Donovan said. "I felt like our guys stuck together. They played together and played for each other. That was encouraging to see because on the road, you're going to have to play together and stick together. Adversity is going to come in one form or another. Whatever it is, you have to be able to handle it collectively."

Oklahoma City also had to deal with the absence of center Steven Adams, who'll miss Sunday's game as well with a sprained right elbow.

That could play a factor in this one, as the Nets owned a 66-44 advantage in the paint when the teams met in Oklahoma City on Nov. 25. Brooklyn shot just 27.5 percent outside of it, however, and the Thunder shot 52.6 percent overall in earning a 110-99 win.

Brook Lopez scored 26 points for the Nets but managed only eight with three rebounds against Utah. Joe Johnson has just 11 points in two games after matching a season high with 22 in Sunday's 112-100 loss at Toronto.

The Nets did sweep last season's home-and-home series with Oklahoma City, though Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed both with injuries. Durant had 30 points and Westbrook 27 with 13 assists and five steals in the most recent matchup.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press


Jan 18, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) scores a lay-up against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Nets 112-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Jan 18, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) scores a lay-up against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Nets 112-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Nets may have been on the receiving end of a 22-point thrashing at the hands of the Jazz on Friday, but Bojan Bogdanovic was the Nets' loan saving grace.

On Friday, Bogdanovic was 5-for-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from deep, in 24 minutes, en route to a 14 point night.

This season, Bogdanovic is averaging 9.3 points in 27 minutes per game.

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It had been a tough stretch for Bogdanovic, who had shot just 28 percent in his last eight games. But Bojan had a nice second half performance, hitting three of his five shots in the third and fourth quarters, hopefully showing the Jazz and any other teams that will be fighting their way to the playoffs, that he can be a useful piece for a contender.

It's nothing against Bojan. I like him, and I was excited to finally see him move from Euro-stash to the main roster last year. But he's also one of the more attractive pieces Brooklyn has that can be helped to expedite turning this thing around. I'm not saying he'll bring back a big haul, but a second rounder isn't out of the question. And in a draft where the Nets won't pick until late in the second (unless the Clippers have some kind of miracle second half), they need all the help they can get. It's a tiny thing to take solace in during a brutal Friday night affair, but it's something, I suppose.


Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks to the net as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks to the net as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

(AP) -- Gordon Hayward had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds, Rodney Hood scored 16 points, and the Utah Jazz cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 108-86 on Friday night.

Trevor Booker added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who pulled away in the third quarter by shooting 16 for 22 from the field and outscoring Brooklyn 37-17.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points and Willie Reed had 12 for the Nets, who have lost five consecutive games, and 10 of their last 11. Brooklyn also remained winless (0-4) against Northwest Division opponents this season. >> Read more...

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