This Nets-Raptors first-round playoff series, which the Nets pushed to a Game 7 on Sunday thanks to a 97-83 Game 6 victory on Friday, has been a mixed bag for Deron Williams.

It went downhill in Games 4 and 5, particularly Game 5 when he took just seven shots and came up small late in a 115-113 loss. That effort triggered people saying and writing a lot of different things over the last 36 hours leading up to Game 6.

With all of that going on and with this Nets team, the most expensive in NBA history, having their collective backs to the wall, Williams came out and had a defining performance on a night when the Nets simply had to have it.

He set the tempo, using his aggression and assertiveness to register 23 points, five rebounds and four assists to help send this series back to Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Those numbers come after he scored a combined 21 points on 7-for-19 shooting combined in Games 4 and 5, both of which were Nets losses.

"That's why you read it in the bathroom," Nets head coach Jason Kidd joked. "We're professional, everybody has a right to their opinion. It just shows what type of player he is. He stood up to whatever was said and he played one of his best game."

"I know, myself, I needed to be aggressive after the last two losses," Williams said. "The three games we've won, I've been really aggressive getting into the paint, making things happen and not only scoring the ball, but making the extra pass. That's what my team needs me to do, so I wanted to come out early and establish that."

To Williams' point, there is no question that when he plays well, he makes the Nets go. In three wins during this series, he has averaged 23 points on 46 percent shooting. In three losses, those numbers dip to 12.7 points on 37.1 shooting.

When Game 7 arrives on Sunday, a lot is going to be made about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett being acquired for these types of moments, but all eyes are going to be on Williams, especially after he put forth a strong effort on Friday.

As many people expected, nothing about this series has been easy in heading to a Game 7 and now, that will include getting Williams healthy after he rolled his left ankle early in the third quarter.

At the 9:55 mark, Williams, who has a history of ankle problems over the last two years, drove the lane and went down hard after being fouled by Terrence Ross. He admits he was not sure if he stepped on someone's foot or just rolled it, but it looked serious enough at the time that Garnett waved to the bench for help.

Williams walked it off as best he could, shots his two free throws and wound up playing all 12 minutes of the quarter.

Predictably, with another elimination game coming, there is little doubt Williams will play on Sunday.

"I got it pretty good, but I wanted to stay in there," Williams said. "I was able to walk it off. If I would've sat down or went to the back, it's hard to come back out after that. I'm gonna get a lot of treatment between now and the game and I should be ready to go."

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite their 118-111 loss to the Warriors, the Nets learned that they can compete with the best team in the league. 

The Nets were down as much as 28 points in the third quarter, but managed to make a spirited comeback that saw them come within four of the Warriors with just over two minutes to play. However, the comeback was too little too late as the Nets slow start cost them in the end. 

As for the reason behind the awful first half, head coach Kenny Atkinson isn't sure what it was except that it resulted in a lack of energy. 

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson puts a shot in front of Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson puts a shot in front of Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen Curry had season highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors held on after he fouled out to beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-111 on Sunday night.

A night after erasing a 22-point halftime deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors built a 22-point cushion after two quarters behind 22 points from Curry. Playing without Kevin Durant, they led by 28 in the third quarter but Brooklyn cut it all the way to four after Curry picked up his sixth foul with three minutes remaining.

Klay Thompson then scored seven of his 23 points in the final two minutes.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)

NEW YORK -- DeMarre Carroll knows the stands at Barclays Center will be filled even if a significant portion of the crowd is rooting for the visiting team.

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NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 25 points hours after D'Angelo Russell had knee surgery, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Utah Jazz 118-107 on Friday night.

Allen Crabbe had 18 points and DeMarre Carroll added 17 for the Nets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The starting point guard role now belongs to Dinwiddie after Russell was hurt during Brooklyn's recent road trip. He had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday with no timetable for a return. >> Read more

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Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Five times, the Utah Jazz took the court as the visiting team and each time it resulted in a loss.

Various reasons have contributed as to why Utah remains the only winless road team in the NBA, including being unable to build on a 12-point lead Wednesday in New York.

The Jazz attempt to get their first road win of the season Friday night when their four-game trip continues with a meeting against the Brooklyn Nets.

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Nov 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Nov 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Nets announced D'Angelo Russell underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Friday.

It is unknown what Russell's timetable for a return will be. He will miss the Nets' next game against the Jazz Friday due to a left knee contusion, the team has announced. 

The 21-year-old exited Saturday night's game against the Jazz with the injury, where the initial prognosis expected him to miss several games. Without their leading scorer on Tuesday, the Nets fell to the Celtics 109-102. 

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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing a mask, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory.

The Celtics remained unbeaten since an 0-2 start heading into their showdown Thursday in Boston against the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics. >> Read more

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Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

The next time Kyrie Irving takes the court, he might be wearing a mask to protect his face from any inadvertent elbows.

Whether Irving's next appearance will be Tuesday when the Boston Celtics visit the Brooklyn Nets is unknown since the point guard is listed as questionable. >> Read more

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Nov 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Nov 11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Nets G D'Angelo Russell is expected to miss the next several games due to a knee injury he suffered in Saturday night's game against the Jazz, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing sources.

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Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio tries to tip the ball away from Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) while Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors tries to keep Russell from getting to the basket during the second quarter of NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Chris Nicoll/AP)
Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio tries to tip the ball away from Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) while Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors tries to keep Russell from getting to the basket during the second quarter of NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Chris Nicoll/AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell made the most of his opportunity in place of the injured Rudy Gobert.

Mitchell scored 26 points, including four in the final minute, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 114-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

"I didn't want to settle for the shots I can get any time I want," the rookie said. "I wanted to get to the basket and get in a groove. When you get to the basket, it opens up your outside shot and you can find guys."

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Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Offensive struggles have reached a new low for Utah. No solution seems to be in sight amid a four-game losing streak compounded by uglier and uglier losses.

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D'Angelo Russell makes a pass with Damian Lillard guarding him in the Nets-Trail Blazers game on Friday night. (AP)
D'Angelo Russell makes a pass with Damian Lillard guarding him in the Nets-Trail Blazers game on Friday night. (AP)

When a game is tight in crunch time in Portland, it's typically Damian Lillard time. But on Friday night, it was D'Angelo Russell time.

Russell scored 11 of the Nets' final 15 points in a comeback road win over the Trail Blazers, 101-97, on Friday night. Russell finished with 21 points and nine assists while Allen Crabbe put up 12 points against his former squad.

The Nets trailed by three with just over five minutes to go when Russell tied the game with a clutch three. From there, he helped Brooklyn overcome some late shots from Lillard to eke out the road victory. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Mason Plumlee during the first half on Tuesday night in Denver. (AP)

The Nets' starters struggled to find their rhythm offensively during the team's 112-104 loss to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. The loss sent Brooklyn to 4-7 on the season.

Tyler Zeller led the Nets with 21 points off the bench, to go along with five rebounds, one steal and one block. Caris LeVert added 13 more points off the pine. D'Angelo Russell led all starters with 12 points. Timofey Mozgov notched 11 points and six rebounds against his former team.

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Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets got two much-needed days off after playing six games in nine nights. The upside was they were 4-2 in that stretch to get back to .500 at 5-5.

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Nets PG D'Angelo Russell led the team's comeback in their 98-92 win Monday that broke a four-game losing streak. 

The Nets had gotten out to an early lead, but eventually blew it when the Suns went up 75-74 in the fourth. However, Russell went on a tear that helped solidified not only a much-needed win to break their losing skid, but the Nets' first road win of the season. 

"It wasn't the prettiest game ever played in the NBA. It was a lot of tugging and clawing, a lot of fouls, but we found a way," head coach Kenny Atkinson told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It was a good sign of growth for our team."

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D'Angelo Russell gets a shot up over Suns center Alex Len in Monday's Nets win in Phoenix. (AP)
D'Angelo Russell gets a shot up over Suns center Alex Len in Monday's Nets win in Phoenix. (AP)

After suffering four consecutive losses, the Nets rebounded in the second game of their West Coast trip.

Joe Harris put up a season-high 18 points off the bench as the Nets beat the Suns in Phoenix, 98-92. D'Angelo Russell pumped in a game-high 23 points and nine assists while DeMarre Carroll added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns with a hip contusion after he collided with Alex Len.

After getting tangled up, Hollis-Jefferson needed assistance walking off the floor and limped to the locker room.

Hollis-Jefferson scored four points and recorded two rebounds before exiting the game.

The 22-year-old has averaged 15.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in nine games in his third season in the league entering Monday's game.

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Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren shoots against Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller during the second half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren shoots against Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller during the second half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Seven days and 2,410 (give or take) miles later, the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets will finish their whirlwind season series Monday.

The Suns won the first matchup in New York last Tuesday, recovering from an eight-point deficit with under seven minutes remaining for their first road victory of the season.

Now the Nets will try to get back on the winning track after losing four in a row. >> Read more

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D'Angelo Russell walks past the Los Angeles Lakers huddle during the first half. (AP)
D'Angelo Russell walks past the Los Angeles Lakers huddle during the first half. (AP)

Friday night marked the first time the Nets and Lakers faced each other since their big offseason trade involving D'Angelo Russell and Brook Lopez.

Russell scored 17 points in his return to Los Angeles, but the Nets fell to the Lakers, 124-112. Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 25 points off the bench, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed 21 points and four assists.

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Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are benefiting from their offseason trade, and they will get their first chance to compare their acquired assets on Friday night at Staples Center.

 

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Oct 31, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 31, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Devin Booker scored 32 points, Mike James added 24 and the Phoenix Suns rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114 on Tuesday night.

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Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets were curious how they would follow up their exciting win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

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Michelle Yu reports from Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets lost their first home game of the season, 124-111, to the Denver Nuggets.

Jamal Murray scored 26 points, Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 124-111 on Sunday.

Wilson Chandler added 18 points for the Nuggets, who have won two straight games.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Joe Harris tied his season-high with 16 points for the Nets, who have lost two straight. >> Read more

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Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) takes a jump shot against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets will be looking to rebound -- literally and figuratively -- after a nightmarish showing Friday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.

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Kenny Atkinson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson discuss how the Nets can improve defensively following a loss to the crosstown Knicks.

 

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(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Friday night for their first victory of the season.

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(Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK -- The best and the worst offenses in the NBA will meet on Friday at Madison Square Garden when the Brooklyn Nets visit the New York Knicks.

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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/USA TODAY Sports)
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/USA TODAY Sports)

News owner Mikhail Prokhorov will sell a 49 percent minority stake in the franchise to Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai with an option for Prokhorov to sell controlling interest in a few years, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Prokhorov will remain principal owner for an additional four years, according to ESPN, but is reportedly expected to sell his majority stake if and when the option is executed.

Tsai, who according to Forbes is Alibaba Group's vice chairman and ranks as its No. 2 individual shareholder, would not oversee basketball or business operations as a minority owner, however would plan to connect his ties with Alibaba Group and Hong Kong into opportunities for the Nets, according to ESPN.

The deal is based upon a $2.3 billion valuation of the team, according to ESPN. In July, Forbes ranked the Nets as the No. 47 richest sports franchise in the world at $1.8 billion with a 6 percent increase from last year.

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Michelle Yu reports from Brooklyn to break down Wednesday's game and get locker room reactions as the Nets top the Cavaliers 112-107.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left while starting for the injured D'Angelo Russell, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame LeBron James' first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night.

James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws - the second intentionally - with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carroll then hit a free throw and the Cavs' long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.

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NBA commissioner David Stern is in favor of removing marijuana from the league's banned substances list.

"I'm now at the point where, personally, I think [marijuana] probably should be removed from the ban list," Stern said while speaking with former NBA player Al Harrington. "I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal."

Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur and advocate -- including for using it as pain relief, said he believes that coaches and owners are consuming marijuana as well as players.

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Oct 24, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 24, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aaron Gordon scored 41 points and Evan Fournier added 28 points to lead the Orlando Magic to a 125-121 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday at the Amway Center. >> Box score

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Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Shelvin Mack (7) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nikola Vucevic is off to a spectacular start, but when the Orlando center turned in the most productive game of his career on Friday, the Magic wound up losing to the Brooklyn Nets.

 

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Nets G Isaiah Whitehead is heading down to the G-Leauge to play for the Long Island Nets. 

Whitehead has not played in the Nets' first games of the new season. 

The Seton Hall product averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 22.5 minutes per game in his rookie year last season. 

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Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov watches guard Caris LeVert go to the basket during first half against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov watches guard Caris LeVert go to the basket during first half against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2. >> Read more

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Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Based on early results, offense is not a problem for the Brooklyn Nets. As for defense, that's another story.

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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo RussellTrevor Booker and DeMarre Carroll all scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 126-121 on Friday night in their home opener.

Booker added 11 rebounds and made the clinching free throws with 0.9 seconds left after Orlando's Evan Fournier missed a tying 3-point attempt.

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Kenny Atkinson and DeMarre Carroll react to Jeremy Lin's season-ending injury and discuss how the team will adjust without him.

 

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(Brian Spurlock)

 Nets PG Jeremy Lin will miss the remainder of the 2017-2018 season, the team announced Thursday. 

Lin went down in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's contest against the Indiana Pacers. The injury was diagnosed a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. 

"Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," GM Sean Marks said in the official statement. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."

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Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.

Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited Wednesday's opening game against the Pacers in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. 

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The Brooklyn Nets prepare for their regular season opener and hope to continue their strong play from this preseason.

 

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Oct 11, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 11, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite a 24-point effort from D'Angelo Russell, the Nets fell to the 76ers, 133-114, on Wednesday night. >> Box score


Philadelphia jumped out to a 30-22 lead in the first quarter and never ceded control after that as the easily rolled to a win. 

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(Nicole Sweet)

The Nets are set to have another bad season as Vegas odds have them as a longshot to win this year's NBA title, per NY Daily News.

Sportsbettingdime.com has the Nets set at 1000-1 to win the 2018 Finals, which is the largest odds of any team. The Knickss are tied with the Nets as well. 

The Hawks, Magic, and Bulls are next on the list for the worst odds. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Six Nets players scored in double figures as Brooklyn beat the New York Knicks 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points and recorded seven assists as the Nets improved to 3-0 in the preseason.

Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game. Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin opened up about his hair style in The Players' Tribune after Kenyon Martin criticized him for having dreadlocks.

Upon seeing Lin's hair style -- which he said was "meant to be fun, and to be an expression of freedom" -- Martin posted a video calling him out for appropriating culture.

"Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?" Martin said in the video. "Like, come on man. Let's stop this, man, with these people, man. There is no way possible that he would have made it on one of our teams with that bulls--- goin' on on his head. Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, 'All right bro, we get it. You wanna be black.' Like, we get it. But the last name is Lin."

Lin responded on Instagram by saying he was "grateful" that Martin felt that way and then noted the fact that Martin has Chinese symbols tattooed on his body. Lin later wrote on The Players' Tribune that he wanted to call for acceptance, peace and empathy.

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Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports  (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Jeremy Lin scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Nets cruised to a 107-88 preseason win over the Heat on Thursday at the Barclays Center. >> Read more


Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and made all five of his free-throw attempts. He also had six rebounds, which was tied for second on the team alongside Tyler Zeller.

Hollis-Jefferson also had 10 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, while Quincy Acy had four rebounds, two steals, and nine points.

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Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-107 win in the preseason opener on Tuesday night. >>Read more. . .


 

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NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.

The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.

The change will begin with this season's game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets will discuss how they will approach the national anthem this season and plan to act as a unified group.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week he expects players to stand in unity for the national anthem this season, while many NFL players have either kneeled or locked arms as a team during the national anthem in protest of civil rights issues.

"We haven't come out with a statement, but I think our idea is -- however our players approach this -- I want them to be unified," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We want them to follow the NBA rules. That's important to us, and I think our guys understand that."

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