Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

Joe Johnson

NEW YORK — Including Tuesday night's 100-97 loss to the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets have lost five straight games. They have to turn right around and play at the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, they're getting killed defensively during the losing streak and injured center Brook Lopez is at least two more days away from playing.

No, these are not fun times for the Nets. However, the NBA schedule does not lend itself to sulking with so many games in such a short time span. In the middle of four games in five days beginning with the Knicks loss, the Nets simply need to find a way to right the ship.

"We had a great stretch where we were playing great," Joe Johnson said of the team's 11-4 start. "It just seems as though lately when it comes towards the end of the third or the fourth quarter, we get stagnant offensively. We haven't been able to put teams away. It seems as though we let teams back in it. We've gotta be able to finish teams off."

The effort has been there for the most part, especially on Tuesday against the Knicks in a game that the Nets were in control of throughout. The Nets raced out to a 17-point first-quarter lead and led by 10 late in the third quarter, but gave both leads back. That 10-point lead late in the third quarter evaporated thanks in part to Carmelo Anthony's 45-point night.

Racing out to big leads and coughing them up is a disturbing trend as the same thing took place on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets raced out to an 11-2 lead, gave it all back, fell behind by as many as 29, but charged back late only to fall, 97-88.

"Whatever the case may be, when we get leads, we gotta keep doing whatever we were doing to get that lead," Johnson said. "We have a tendency to kind of get away from it a little bit and it hurts us. It's been hurting us the past few games."

Lopez is not known for his defensive presence, but the Nets could really use it right now. One of the better defensive teams before the 7-footer went down on Nov. 28, the Nets have given up at least 100 points to four of their last five opponents and are now 1-5 without Lopez.

Lopez did not make the trip to Toronto. He will get treatment Wednesday, is scheduled to work out on Thursday and the next move will be determined afterwards. The Nets are home for the Detroit Pistons on Friday and at the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Long term, there shouldn't be any reason for concern with the Nets, but it's the short term that appears to have everyone worried with this stretch of losing.

"We were tough-minded, I just wish we could have scored a little bit more in the fourth quarter," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said of Tuesday's loss. "We gave up 26 points. If we would have been able to score a little bit more, we would've been in good shape. We need to go to Toronto and play with this type of urgency and intensity."

Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before making his All-Star debut, Greg Monroe added 25 and the Milwaukee Bucks sent the Brooklyn Nets to the break on a 14-game skid with a 129-125 victory Wednesday night.

Khris Middleton finished with 20 points in his strongest game since returning from a ruptured left hamstring that forced him to miss the first 50 games. He made four free throws in the final 19 seconds as the Bucks won their third straight.

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Feb 13, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts in the third quarter against Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center. Grizzles win 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 13, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts in the third quarter against Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center. Grizzles win 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets take on the Bucks at Barclays Center on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS:

  • The Bucks have won seven consecutive games over the Nets dating back to April 12, 2015, their longest active winning streak versus any opponent.
  • The Nets bench is averaging 44.3 points per game this season. Only the Lakers bench, which is scoring 50.9 points per game, is averaging more.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of just two players this season leading his team in points (1,228), rebounds (458), assists (292), and blocks (105). DeMarcus Cousins is the other (1,515 points, 581 rebounds, 261 assists, and 72 blocks).
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(AP)

The Nets were valued at $1.8 billion by Forbes in their latest NBA valuation, the seventh-most valuable team in the league. Brooklyn was valued at $1.7 billion by Forbes in last year's valuations.

The Knicks ($3.3 billion), Lakers ($3 billion) and Warriors ($2.6 billion) were the three most valuable NBA franchises.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball up the court against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. (Kim Klement)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball up the court against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. (Kim Klement)

Nets PG Jeremy Lin went through a full practice on Tuesday, and is expected to play in Brooklyn's first game after the All-Star break, on Feb. 24 in Denver, Kenny Atkinson told reporters after practice on Tuesday.

Lin, who has been dealing with multiple hamstring strains this season, has played in only 12 games, last appearing on Dec. 26 against the Hornets. Monday marked three weeks since Lin re-aggrevated the hamstring injury and Brooklyn announced he would be out three-to-five weeks. 

The point guard discussed how tough it's been to watch his teammates struggle while he's been stuck on the bench.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Conley scored 32 points, Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the hapless Brooklyn Nets 112-103 on Monday night.

Brandan Wright added 17 points and Vince Carter had 14 as the Grizzlies won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Brook Lopez and Spencer Dinwiddie each had 17 points as the Nets lost their 13th straight overall and 15th straight at home to set a new franchise record for futility.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Memphis has won its last four games against the Nets, by an average of 12.3 points. The teams are meeting tonight for the first time in 2016-17.
  • The Grizzlies gave up a season-high 122 points in Friday's 122-107 home setback versus the Warriors. Memphis is 1-12 this season when allowing 110 or more points.
  • Brooklyn dropped its 12th straight game -- and 23rd of its last 24 -- with Friday's 108-99 loss versus the Heat. It is the franchise's longest losing streak since the Nets lost their first 18 games of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Trevor Booker is averaging career highs of 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, while his 15 double-doubles are 10 more than he had in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
  • Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol are two of five NBA players with at least 75 blocked shots and 75 three-pointers this season. The others are Kevin DurantKristaps Porzingis, and Serge Ibaka.
  • Mike Conley is averaging 20.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting in road games this season, compared to 17.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting at home.
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Feb 10, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) takes a shot while being defended by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) takes a shot while being defended by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

James Johnson scored a season-high 26 points and the Miami Heat won their 13th straight game, beating the beleaguered Brooklyn Nets 108-99 on Friday night.

Goran Dragic had 21 points and Tyler Johnson added 18 for the Heat, who trailed by 11 in the third quarter.

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Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets look to end their long losing streak when they take on the Heat at Barclays Center on Friday night. 

According to STATS:

  • The Heat have won nine of their last 10 games against the Nets, including both meetings in 2016-17. Miami has scored 100+ points in each of the last seven games in this series.
  • Miami has won its last 12 games, while Brooklyn has dropped its last 11 contests. The last time any team on a 10+ game win streak faced any team on a 10+ game losing streak was on March 24, 2014 when the Spurs (on a 13-game win streak) played the 76ers (on a 24-game skid). San Antonio won that game, 113-91.
  • The Heat are shooting 49.4 percent from the field during their current win streak. That is the third-highest field-goal percentage in the NBA since January 17 (the first day of this streak).
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(Tom Szczerbowski)

Nets PG Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) and F Quincy Acy (sprained left ankle) will be out for Friday night's game against the Heat, the team announced Thursday.

Lin has not played since suffering the injury on Dec. 26.

It was announced Jan. 23 that he would miss an additional three-to-five weeks after re-aggravating the injury.

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Feb 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Washington Wizards guard Trey Burke (33) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Washington Wizards guard Trey Burke (33) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Bradley Beale scored 31 points, John Wall added 23 points and 12 assists, and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards sent the Brooklyn Nets to their 11th straight loss with a 114-110 overtime victory Wednesday night.

Jason Smith scored 15 points and Marcin Gortat added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who won for the eighth time in their last nine games.

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(Brad Penner)

The Nets take on the Wizards at 7:30 at Barclays Center on Wednesday night.

According to STATS: 

  • The Wizards have won five straight games over the Nets dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season, tied for their longest active winning streak versus any single opponent (they also have five straight victories over the Knicks).
  • The Nets have lost 10 games in a row and 21 of their last 22, tying the team's all-time record for most losses in a 22-game span (also lost 21 over a 22-game span from December 9, 2009 through January 23, 2010).
  • The Wizards fell just short Monday, losing an overtime thriller to the Cavs 140-135. Washington's 135 points were the most it has scored in a game since January 11, 2011, when they scored 136 versus the Kings.
  • The Nets are 0-8 this season in the second game of a back-to-back -- they are the only team without a victory in such games.
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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)
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)

The Brooklyn Nets have sold a jersey patch sponsorship to Infor, a software company backed by Koch Industries Inc. for the 2017-2018 season, the team announced Wednesday morning.

While financial terms of the deal were not released by the team, Bloomberg is reporting that the deal is worth $8 million, which will include Infor providing "data analytics and technology to support the team's business operations, fan experience initiatives and player performances."

"Infor will soon become the main artery of our company, one that connects both business and basketball," said Brett Yormark, the CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.

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Feb 7, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center.  (Sam Sharpe (USA Today))
Feb 7, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe (USA Today))

Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum and Marco Belinelli each had 17 points as the Charlotte Hornets snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 111-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

Brooklyn lost its 10th straight game with the Nets last victory coming on Jan. 20 at New Orleans. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Brook Lopez added 20 for the Nets (9-43).

Jeremy Lamb added 16 points for the Hornets, while center Frank Kaminsky recorded 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

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Jun 12, 2016; Brooklyn, MI, USA; A view of the Canadian flag at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Jun 12, 2016; Brooklyn, MI, USA; A view of the Canadian flag at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

A member of the cast of "Hamilton" that is about to tour the country botched the Canadian national anthem before the Toronto Raptors' game in Brooklyn on Sunday, singing lyrics that aren't in "O Canada."

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Toronto's Kyle Lowry, middle, goes up against the Nets' Sean Kilpatrick, right. (Brad Penner)
Toronto's Kyle Lowry, middle, goes up against the Nets' Sean Kilpatrick, right. (Brad Penner)

Kyle Lowry finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double, and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-95 on Sunday.

Already feeling sick, Lowry needed four stitches after cutting his right forearm on a camera mounted to the basket stanchion. But he played more than 39 minutes and recorded his first triple-double of the season.

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Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are on an eight-game losing streak and an 11-game home losing streak. The Nets have been more competitive in this skid than their 11-game slide, as six of their defeats are by single digits.

The culprit is how things unfold in the fourth quarter, especially in the last two games. In the five single digit losses, excluding last week in Cleveland, Brooklyn has been outscored by 42 points in the final 12 minutes.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague had 24 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-97 on Friday night.

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Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Guard Bojan Bogdanovic will rest Friday night and Caris LeVert will start in his place against the Pacers, head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters

LeVert, a 2016 first-round pick by the Pacers before being traded to the Nets, has averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this year. 

Bogdanovic is second on the team at 14.1 points per game. 

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Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and joined a group of mostly substitutes who led a big fourth-quarter turnaround that carried the New York Knicks to a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

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Oct 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the Nets at Barclays Center on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • Since moving to Brooklyn in 2012-13, the Nets are 9-8 against the Knicks and have won the last four games of the series at the Barclays Center.
  • Since Christmas, the Nets are 2-17 (.105) and the Knicks are 5-16 (.238), the two worst records in the NBA.
  • The Knicks grabbed a season-high 22 offensive boards in Tuesday's 117-101 loss to the Wizards. This season, New York is 1-9 (.100) in the second of a back-to-back, which is tied for the second-worst record in the NBA (Nets, 0-8).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez controls the ball around Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez controls the ball around Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Dion Waiters added 19 and the Miami Heat pushed the NBA's longest current winning streak to eight games with a 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

James Johnson had 17, Rodney McGruder scored 13 and Hassan Whiteside added 12 for Miami. Waiters and Dragic combined to hand out 17 assists for the Heat, who took the lead for good with a 17-0 run late in the first half.

Miami outscored Brooklyn 33-12 from 3-point range.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Whitehead, Miami Heat
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Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Miami Heat on the road Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Heat overcame an 18-point deficit entering the fourth quarter and defeated Brooklyn last Wednesday, 109-106. It was Miami's largest fourth-quarter comeback win since at least 2002-03. The Heat have now won eight of nine meetings against the Nets since 2014-15.
  • Through Sunday, Nets opponents have combined for a .523 winning percentage, making Brooklyn's strength of schedule to date the toughest in the Eastern Conference. Only Dallas and Phoenix (.526 each) have faced tougher slates in the entire NBA.
  • After going just 11-30 through their first 41 games of 2016-17 (halfway point of the season), the Heat have won their last seven games. Miami surrendered just 12 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Detroit, and currently leads the league this season with an average of 23.6 points allowed per game in the fourth period.
  • Rookie guard Isaiah Whitehead led the Nets with eight assists on Saturday, matching a season high. He currently paces Brooklyn with 2.9 assists per game, the lowest rate by any team leader in the league.
  • Goran Dragic scored 23 points Saturday, just above his season average of 22.2 points per game at home. That's 4.5 better than his rate on the road (17.7), the largest such disparity in the NBA (based on home better, minimum played 75 percent of team games both home and road).
  • In addition to scoring 18 points on Saturday, James Johnson contributed eight rebounds and five assists. It was the seventh time this season that Johnson combined at least five rebounds and five assists off the bench, the most by any reserve in 2016-17.
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Just two weeks ago, Miami Heat fans were thinking about the lottery and the possibility of drafting a dynamic talent such as 6-foot-6 freshman point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA or 6-4 freshman point guard Markelle Fultz of Washington.

How times have changed for the Heat (18-30), owners of the longest active win streak in the NBA.

Now the dream has changed. Now there are visions of playoffs and a lengthy winning streak that is at seven games and could climb to 10 ... 12 ... gulp ... 15?

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Quincy Acy (13) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets small forward Quincy Acy (13) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Brooklyn Nets have signed F Quincy Acy to a two-year contract, the team announced.

Acy just completed his second 10-day contract with the Nets. In 10 games he has averaged 7 points and 2.7 rebounds on 57 percent shooting from the floor .

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Nets center Brook Lopez and Minnesota's forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) go for a loose ball in the second quarter. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Nets center Brook Lopez and Minnesota's forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) go for a loose ball in the second quarter. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 129-109 win over the Nets Saturday in Minneapolis.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The young Minnesota Timberwolves felt they were flat in a 109-103 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, unable to build on the positive feelings they had from a road win at Phoenix in their previous game.

Hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Minnesota will see if it learned anything from Thursday's loss and starting slow.

 

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Jan 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a turbulent week with a 124-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

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Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) fouls Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) fouls Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets head to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS: 

  • The Cavaliers have won each of their last seven home games against the Nets, their second-longest active home win streak versus any team (eight straight versus Orlando). Cleveland has outscored Brooklyn by an average of almost 15 points per game over the course of the streak (105.7-90.9).
  • The Nets lost, 109-106, at home versus the Heat on Wednesday despite leading, 89-71, at the end of the third quarter. The loss was Brooklyn's first all-time when leading by at least 18 points entering the fourth quarter.
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Nov 29, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Yogi Ferrell (10) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 29, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Yogi Ferrell (10) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Guard Yogi Ferrell is set to sign a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks, reports The Vertical's Shams Charania

Ferrell signed with the Nets as an undrafted free agent on Nov. 9 and was waived in December. He then played with the team's D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

Appearing in 10 games for Brooklyn, Ferrell averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.


Brooklyn's Joe Harris dives for a lose ball against the 76ers' Ersan Ilyasova Sunday. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn's Joe Harris dives for a lose ball against the 76ers' Ersan Ilyasova Sunday. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Shooting guard Joe Harris (sprained left ankle) will not play Friday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Nets announced Thursday.

It will be the fourth consecutive game Harris has missed since injuring his ankle during last Friday's win at New Orleans after playing 13 minutes.

Harris has played 40 games, averaging 8.3 points, three rebounds and 22.6 minutes per game. He is in his first year with the Nets after two seasons with Cleveland.

 


GEICO SportsNite: Nets lose 00:00:23
Brook Lopez and Kenny Atkinson comment on the change of momentum in the Nets' 109-106 loss to the Miami Heat.

Dion Waiters scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the clinching 3 with 6.8 seconds left, and the Miami Heat overcame an 18-point deficit in the final period to beat the beleaguered Brooklyn Nets 109-106 on Wednesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) drives against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) during the second quarter at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) drives against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) during the second quarter at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Nets have recalled F Chris McCullough from the team's D-League affiliate for Wednesday's game against the Heat, the team announced.

The forward had been sent to the Long Island Nets on Tuesday.

McCullough is averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game this season, appearing in 11 games for Brooklyn.

 

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Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Randy Foye (2) advances the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Randy Foye (2) advances the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets take on the Miami Heat at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Heat have won seven of their last eight games against the Nets, holding them to under 100 points in each victory (allowed 111 points in the lone loss).
  • Miami has won a season-high four straight games after defeating the Warriors on Monday, 105-102, via a three-pointer by Dion Waiters in the final seconds. The Heat have made at least nine three-pointers in their last five games.
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GEICO SportsNite: Lin's absence 00:00:51
Kenny Atkinson discusses the progress of Isaiah Whitehead and others during the absence of Jeremy Lin due to his lingering injury.

Atkinson after home loss 00:00:32
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson talks about what went wrong in the Nets' 112-86 loss to the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs.

Patty Mills scored 20 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 112-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night while playing without Kawhi Leonard and three other regulars.

Pau Gasol (broken bone, left hand) and Tony Parker (sore left foot) didn't even make the road trip, while Manu Ginobili was scheduled for a night off but couldn't have played anyway because of back spasms. Then Leonard, the Western Conference player of the week, was scratched.

The Spurs announced Leonard was resting, though coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward had a sore left hand, which was wrapped after Leonard was hit while scoring a career-high 41 points in an overtime victory at Cleveland on Saturday.

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) drives around Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell (24) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) drives around Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell (24) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (9-34) welcome the San Antonio Spurs (34-9) to Barclays Center on Monday.

According to STATS:

  • Since beating the Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals, four games to two, the Spurs have won 23 of 26 meetings between these clubs. San Antonio's 23-3 record is its best versus any single opponent over that time frame.
  • The Spurs' 18-4 road record is the second best in the NBA (Warriors, 18-3), while the Nets have the worst home record in the league (7-15).
  • The Spurs won in Cleveland in overtime on Saturday night, 118-115. San Antonio shot exactly 50.0 percent from the floor, its 19th game this season shooting 50.0 percent or better, second most in the NBA (Warriors -- 23 games).
  • After scoring 30 or more points in each of his last five games, Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points in the win, while also recording six rebounds and five assists. He became the first Spur to recorded at least 40 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game since Manu Ginobili did so on April 2, 2010.
  • Brooklyn lost to Charlotte on Saturday, 112-105. The Nets recorded a season-high 30 assists on its 38 made field goals.
  • Caris LeVert leads all rookies (minimum 50 field-goal attempts) in field-goal percentage in January, as he is shooting 52.9 percent (37-for-70).

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The San Antonio Spurs may be slightly shorthanded but Kawhi Leonard is hardly lacking in the scoring department.

Fresh off his stellar performance Saturday in Cleveland, Leonard and the Spurs visit the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Leonard is averaging 25.5 points per game this season and is putting on an outstanding display of late. Leonard has been in double figures for 75 straight regular-season games and it includes 14 games with at least 30 points, which is four more than his career total before this season.

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(Kim Klement)

PG Jeremy Lin will miss an additional three-to-five weeks after re-aggravating his hamstring injury, the Nets announced Monday.

"During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery," the team said in a statement. "We understand and appreciate Jeremy's competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns."

Lin, 28, has not played since suffering the injury on Dec. 26, as the Nets have lost 12 of 13 games.

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Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead looks to pass as he is defended by Hornets guard Kemba Walker. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead looks to pass as he is defended by Hornets guard Kemba Walker. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

The Hornets went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter as they pulled away for a 112-105 victory over the Nets Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C.

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Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Terrence Jones (9) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Nets defeated the Pelicans 143-114. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Terrence Jones (9) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Nets defeated the Pelicans 143-114. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

In the middle of a dark season, Friday night was a rare bright spot for the Brooklyn Nets.

Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points each, leading seven players in double figures in a 143-114 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans that ended the Nets' 11-game losing streak.

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Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton (41) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 20, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton (41) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.

Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)

Guard Sean Kilpatrick and forward Trevor Booker will rest Friday night and not suit up against the Pelicans, head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters

With Booker on the bench, Justin Hamilton is expected to start at forward. 

Kilpatrick has averaged 14.2 points per game this year, while Booker has chipped in 10 a contest. 

 


Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets go on the road to play the Pelicans in New Orleans at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Pelicans defeated the Nets 104-95 in Brooklyn on January 12. Brooklyn led by six points entering the fourth quarter, only to get outscored 31-16 in that final 12:00. That was New Orleans' sixth straight victory in this series, which is the franchise's longest-ever win streak against the Nets.
  • At 8-33 (.195), the Nets have their second-worst record through 41 games of any season in the franchise's NBA history; they went 3-38 (.073) through 41 games in 2009-10. Brooklyn has dropped its last 11 games, allowing 115.8 points per game during this skid.
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) moves the ball upcourt during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) moves the ball upcourt during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. (John Geliebter)

Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez is committing to the team's rebuilding process despite its struggles this season and the lack of draft picks in the near future.

"I enjoy what I do. You have to in order to be in the same situation for so long,'' Lopez said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "I enjoy coming in and seeing the guys every day, seeing this group of people, I really want to see something special built here."

While Brooklyn has the worst record (8-33) in the NBA, has lost 11 games in a row and will likely give up its first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics stemming from the Kevin Garnett trade, Lopez, 28, wants to see the Nets succeed with GM Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson, both in their first year with the franchise.

"We spent a lot of time with Brook this summer," Atkinson said. "Him being around and understanding what we're trying to do -- and I'll include Sean in that -- and constantly communicating where we're going, what we're trying to do, what our program is, he sees the stuff around it."

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and center Brook Lopez talk positives despite their recent 11-game losing streak.

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and center Brook Lopez talk positives despite their recent 11-game losing streak.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)

The NBA and NBA Players Association have signed a new collective bargaining agreement, it was announced in a joint statement on Thursday. The deal takes effect July 1, 2017, and run through the 2023-24 season. The league and the players agreed in principle to a new CBA in December.

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Quincy Acy (13) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets small forward Quincy Acy (13) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Brooklyn Nets will sign F Quincy Acy to a second 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Acy averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games during his first 10-day contract with the Nets.

"Loved his energy, loved his pop, his aggressiveness, how competitive he is," head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. "I've been pleasantly surprised."

Acy will be paid another $61,000 for the next 10 days. Once the second 10-day contract expires on Jan. 29, Brooklyn will have to decide whether they want to sign the forward for the remainder of the season or return him to the Texas Legends, who hold his D-League rights. 


Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives against Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan drives against Brooklyn Nets power forward Trevor Booker during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and 11 rebounds, Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 and the Toronto Raptors beat the free-falling Brooklyn Nets 119-109 on Tuesday night.

Toronto won its fourth straight game and extended Brooklyn's losing streak to 11 in a row. The Nets have not won since Dec. 26.

Terrence Ross added 15 points for the Raptors, who opened the game with an 11-0 run but fell behind after the first quarter.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) walks towards the bench during the fourth quarter in a game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) walks towards the bench during the fourth quarter in a game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)

Over the weekend, the Toronto Raptors experienced a firsthand look at the poor state of basketball in New York.

Of course, the Raptors are not concerned with the dysfunction of the New York Knicks or the multitude problems plaguing the Brooklyn Nets.

Their focus is getting a win and Toronto will get another chance to beat the Nets on Tuesday night when the teams meet in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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