Deron Williams underwent successful ankle surgery on both ankles, GM Billy King announced on Tuesday.

The surgery was performed by Nets’ foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley.

“The arthroscopic surgery performed today on Deron’s left ankle included the removal of spurs from the front and back of the ankle, as well as a cleaning out of his ankle joint," Dr. O’Malley said in a statement from the team. “In addition, Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint."

Williams is expected to be on crutches for 4-6 weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

He will return to the court in August, Dr. O'Malley said. He will likely be able to participate in full basketball activities in September.

He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

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Nov 16, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots as Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) looks on during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 16, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots as Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) looks on during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Spencer Dinwiddie continues to be a dangerous weapon off the bench. 

The Nets guard scored a team-high 25 points and finished with eight assists and four rebounds to lead the Nets to a 115-104 victory on the road over the Wizards on Friday.  >> Box score

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell picks up a pass in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell picks up a pass in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

 

The Nets, also without starting center Jarrett Allen (illness), allowed 37 points in the first quarter and never got closer than seven the rest of the way. Spencer Dinwiddie led six Nets in double figures with 18 points, his 13th double-figure scoring effort in 14 games.

"It's a big void," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told Newsday regarding the loss of LeVert. "It's both ends. He and D'Angelo (Russell) were sharing it so well and they had good chemistry. We're going to have to look at what fits best with each lineup.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe drives against Houston Rockets forward James Ennis during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe drives against Houston Rockets forward James Ennis during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

With Caris LeVert out an extended period of time due to a dislocated foot, the Nets hope shooting guard Allen Crabbe can step up.

"I take Allen Crabbe's body of work -- his whole body of work -- and think he'll get out of this little rut, and it'll [get to] where it belongs," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

The 26-year-old Crabbe, who started 68 of 75 games he appeared in last year, made his first start of the season Wednesday, scoring six points in 26 minutes in a 120-107 loss to the Heat.

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The Heat jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 120-107 win over the Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center. >> Box score

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- It was a seemingly routine defensive play when Caris LeVert jumped to contest a layup attempt by Josh Okogie on Monday night in Minnesota during the final seconds before halftime.

Then it turned into a serious leg injury and one that appeared to be season-ending. On Tuesday, the Nets received the best possible news when team orthopedist Dr. Martin O'Malley diagnosed LeVert with a subtalar dislocation of the right foot.

LeVert will not play Wednesday when the Nets return from a four-game road trip and host the Miami Heat, but Brooklyn can feel relieved about the diagnosis. >> Read more

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The news the Nets received on Tuesday was about as good as they could have realistically hoped for. The right leg injury Caris LeVert suffered in Monday night's 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves looked in real time to be on the level of those of Paul George, Isaiah Canaan and Gordon Hayward. Fortunately, an MRI showed that LeVert not only avoided a fracture, but hasn't even lost the rest of this season.

This was obviously great news both for the Nets and for LeVert, who had been in the midst of a breakout season that saw him beginning to blossom into the franchise cornerstone many in the organization had seen him as capable of becoming. With free agency carrying no guarantee of landing a star, the rebuild the Nets have been undertaking for the past half-decade hinges in large part on internal development. Until Monday, LeVert was a shining example of that plan.

By necessity, the Nets have not followed a normal rebuilding blueprint. Thanks to 2013's disastrous Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, they have been without their own first-round picks for the past four seasons, which prevented them from reloading with blue chip prospects even as they were perennially among the NBA's worst teams...

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It looks like 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony will need to find another new home in the NBA after surprising news that the Rockets are looking to waive him some time soon, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Anthony isn't expected to be with Houston for the third straight game on Tuesday, with the Rockets saying he is out due to an illness. But it looks like the Rockets are done with Anthony after just 10 games this season. 

So, if the 34-year-old hits the market, where could he land? Vegas has the Sixers as the favorite to land Anthony at +125, and the Lakers came in second at +350. But a return to New York was also among the highest possible teams -- and it wasn't the Knicks.

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Nov 6, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have gotten some welcome news on Caris LeVert.

The team announced Tuesday that the forward won't require surgery and is expected to return to full strength this season after he suffered a gruesome foot injury during Monday's game in Minnesota.

The Nets said LeVert returned to New York following the loss and was evaluated Tuesday by team doctor Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. LeVert was diagnosed with a subtalar disclocation of the right foot.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague plays defense in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113 on Monday at Target Center after forward Caris LeVert left the game with a gruesome leg injury. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. LeVert was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluations after he landed awkwardly on his right leg trying to break up a play late in the second quarter. Players around the league, from Kristaps Porzingis to Dwyane Wade, tweeted their thoughts and prayers for LeVert.

2. While D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points for Brooklyn, Joe Harris and Jared Dudley combined for 16 points on 6-of-24 shooting. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert loses the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose attempts to steal the ball in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert loses the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose attempts to steal the ball in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets forward Caris LeVert was taken off the court on a stretcher after he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the second quarter of Monday's game against the Timberwolves.

LeVert landed awkwardly on his right ankle as he attempted to break up a play with just 3.7 seconds remaining in the half.

He had a towel wrapped over his head and towels draped over his leg as players huddled around him. Fans in the crowd gave him an ovation as he headed to the locker room.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson instructs in a huddle against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson instructs in a huddle against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Sometime on Monday, the Jimmy Butler saga is expected to officially reach a conclusion for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After it does, the Timberwolves can focus on getting ready for Monday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets.

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Kevin Durant and Quinn Cook combined to score 55 points to power the shorthanded Warriors to a 116-100 win over the Nets on Saturday night. >> Box score

Joe Harris led the Nets with 24 points in the loss. Harris was very effective from three-point range -- making four his six shots -- and he went 9-for-12 overall.

Spencer Dinwiddie and Shabazz Napier each chipped in 14 points. Jarrett Allen grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals to go along with six points.

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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steph Curry is expected to join All-Star teammate Draymond Green on the sidelines Saturday night when the Golden State Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry suffered what was diagnosed Friday as a relatively minor groin strain in Thursday's blowout loss to Milwaukee.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced Friday that Curry's status will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but that he wouldn't play against the Nets.

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Nov 9, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Nov 9, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Caris LeVert scored the go-ahead shot in the final moment of the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 112-110 win over the Nuggets on Friday night. >> Box score

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Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Denver Nuggets won nine of their first 10 games in large part because of their defense. It has been a focus for this season, and it seems to be working well, and it was on point in Memphis on Wednesday.

It was the offense that was lacking in an 89-87 loss to the Grizzlies.

The good news for the Nuggets (9-2) is they are heading home, where they are 6-0 and have no trouble scoring. They host the Brooklyn Nets, who have won two straight and three of their last four. Denver will try to turn rebound from a loss in which it shot 39 percent and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

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Nov 6, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets churn out another strong second half to win back-to-back games with a 104-82 victory over the Suns in Phoenix. 

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Caris LeVert scored 26 points and had five rebounds but had an impressive defensive showing, holding Suns' Devin Booker to 20 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field.  It was also the seventh time this season he has scored at least 20 points. 

2. The Nets continued to dominate inside the paint, outscoring the Suns 54-30 in that part of the game. 

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Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

PHOENIX -- The Suns' chances of winning increase exponentially when Devin Booker plays.

Booker made two contested jump shots in the final half-minute of a 102-100 victory over Memphis on Sunday, including the game-winner with 1.7 seconds remaining as the Suns broke a seven-game losing streak. Three of those losses came when Booker was out with a strained left hamstring.

The Suns (2-7) will attempt to win two in a row for the first time this season against Brooklyn (4-6) on Tuesday.  >> Read more

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Nov 2, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

 

The Nets couldn't control Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony in a 119-111 loss to the Rockets on Friday night at Barclays Center  >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Caris LeVert, once again, led the Nets' offense with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting. He was also very efficient from beyond the arc, hitting four of his six three-pointers attempted. LeVert finished with four rebounds, an assist, and three steals as well.

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Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets are off to a 3-5 start and are trying to get consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Brooklyn halted a three-game losing streak by getting a 120-119 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored all of his 25 points after halftime and came up with three clutch plays. He hit the game-tying three-pointer in regulation, the game-winning three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime and denied Blake Griffin's attempt at winning the game. >> Read more

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Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Spencer Dinwiddie first saved his team in the final seconds of the fourth quarter on Wednesday night -- but his heroics didn't end there.

The Nets' guard later came through on a three-pointer with 12 seconds left in overtime to cap off his team's narrow 120-119 win over the Pacers. He then helped his team maintain the lead when he played a key role in stopping Blake Griffin from making a shot during the ensuing possession.

Brooklyn trailed by nine points during the fourth quarter and found themselves in a three-point deficit when Dinwiddie's three-pointer tied the game.

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Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 31, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Spencer Dinwiddie made the game-tying and the game-winning three-pointers to lead the Nets to a 120-119 win over the Pistons on Wednesday. >> Box score 

In their first overtime game of the season, the Nets initially squandered a six-point lead in the second quarter and fell behind. But Brooklyn hung around in the final minutes and Dinwiddie nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Nets were trailing 119-117 when Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead shot with just 12 seconds remaining in overtime.

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Three straight losses put the Brooklyn Nets in the position of rebounding figuratively and literally when they encounter Andre Drummond around the basket.

Looking to halt a three-game losing streak, the Nets hope to contain Drummond Wednesday night when they host the Detroit Pistons.

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A Quiet Place parody
A Quiet Place parody

Sometimes there's nothing scarier than New York sports.

In honor of Halloween, we've spun some famous horror flicks into movies about the Giants, Jets, Yankees and Nets.

Check out SNY's adaptations and movie posters below, along with the synopses. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' losing streak reached three games with a 115-96 loss to the Knicks on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn was outscored 23-6 over the first 6:34 of the third quarter, struggling to stop Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson. They combined for 15 points during the run, as the Nets trailed 75-50 midway through the period.

The Nets' starting backcourt of Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell made 6 of 21 field goals. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 17 points.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

If their respective performances against the Golden State Warriors are any indication, the New York Knicks are in for a world of hurt on Monday night as they host Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m.

After the Knicks were demolished, 128-100 against the Warriors in a game that featured a 47-16 fourth quarter for the Dubs the Nets took Golden State down to the wire in a 120-114 loss on Sunday.

The difference between the two games, and the two cross-town rivals? >> Read more

 

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Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 69 points as the Warriors held off the Brooklyn Nets, 120-114 on Sunday evening

The Nets' late rally fell short in a 120-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn trailed 93-77 after three quarters but used a late run to get within 110-108, however Kevin Durant made an 18-foot jumper and Stephen Curry followed with a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining to make it a three-possession game.

Curry scored 35 points while Durant added 34 for the two-time defending champion Warriors, who improved to 6-1.

 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Free agency was a fun subplot for Kevin Durant on Friday night, but when it came time for the Golden State Warriors to be rescued from an underwhelming three quarters, Durant was more than ready, putting on a fourth-quarter show at Madison Square Garden.

Meanwhile, about 1,300 miles away in New Orleans, the Brooklyn Nets were unable to close out their game in the fourth quarter.

After differing outcomes in the fourth quarter, the Warriors visit the Nets on Sunday night. >> Read more

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Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) defends in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) defends in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Nets small forward Caris LeVert, fresh off a 21-point game in the Nets' loss on Friday, showed his confidence in his Q&A with Steve Serby of the New York Post when he said the days of mocking Nets fans "are over."

"We're becoming a good team, somebody that people have to respect," LeVert said. "And just stay with us, because we're definitely gonna be very exciting this year and in the future."

The Nets are a work in progress with a 2-3 record thus far. But LeVert is already well on his way to a better season than his 2017-18 campaign. He is averaging 21 points and 5.2 rebounds per game through his first five games after averaging 8.2 points his first season and 12.1 points his second season. As he progresses, he aspires to reach new levels in his career.

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Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

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Oct 26, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill (44) dribbles against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) in the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Oct 26, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill (44) dribbles against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) in the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

The Pelicans rallied to score nine unanswered points in the final two minutes and escaped with a 117-115 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night in New Orleans. >> Box Score

1) The Nets entered the half with a nine-point advantage, but the Pelicans chipped away throughout the second half until taking the lead. Jrue Holiday hit the go-ahead jump shot with three seconds remaining to secure the win.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne (22) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne (22) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Nets (2-2) received a boost when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Shabazz Napier made their season debuts in a 102-86 victory at Cleveland on Wednesday.

D'Angelo Russell led six Brooklyn players in double figures with 18 points, Joe Harris scored 16, Jared Dudley had 12 and Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Ed Davis had 10 each.

Jefferson, who had been out because of a hip injury and the birth of his first child, scored seven points in 17 minutes and Napier, who had been out because of a strained right hamstring, scored eight points in 11 minutes. >> Read more

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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Oct 24, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) celebrates a three-pointer during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

D'Angelo Russell had eight assists to go along with 18 points, Joe Harris chipped in 16 points, and the Nets rebounded from Saturday's loss with a 99-76 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Cleveland. >> Box score

Both teams engaged in a back-and-forth affair throughout the first half and entered the second half knotted up at 45. But in the third quarter, the Nets pulled away in a big way, scoring 38 points to go ahead by 21. 

Brooklyn utilized a balanced attack as six players scored at least 10 points to keep the Cavaliers at bay. 

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Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) defends in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) defends in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Various Cleveland Cavaliers were able to cope with their second loss of the season when they made it competitive at the end of an eight-point loss in Minnesota.

Two nights later as the Cavaliers fell to 0-3, the reactions were starkly different as the first week of the second post-LeBron James resulted in an ugly 133-111 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their home opener.

"Today we took two steps back," center Tristan Thompson told reporters.

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Rodions Kurucs suffered a spranked ankle in the Nets' 132-112 loss to the Pacers on Saturday night, according to the team.

Kurucs played well in the first half as he scored 12 points in nearly 15 minutes before he was forced out of the game.

 Kurucs scored 11 points in Friday night's game when he grabbed five rebounds. He chipped in three points in the team's first game of the season against the Pistons on Wednesday.

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Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) backs in on Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) in the 1st half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Oct 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) backs in on Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) in the 1st half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

One night after a big win over the Knicks, the Nets took a step back in a 133-112 loss to the Pacers on Saturday in Indianapolis. >> Box score

Brooklyn turned the ball over 20 times and struggled to keep up with the Pacers. The Nets couldn't contain Vctor Oladipo, who scored 25 points and grabbed seven boards in the process.

The Pacers piled onto their lead in the final quarter when they outscored Brooklyn by 10 points, putting the game away.

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Oct 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Oct 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

NDIANAPOLIS -- In his third year in the NBA, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert is showing he has the potential to be a big-time scorer.

LeVert scored a career-high 28 points against the New York Knicks on Friday, and that included the game-winner with one second left. He had previously tied his career-high with 27 points in a loss at Detroit in the Nets' season opener.

"He had a heck of game on both ends of the floor," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Friday. "Especially at the end, he made (Tim) Hardaway work for his shots. He was our leader (Friday night). He said after the game, 'Coach, I owed you one from the Detroit game.' Great game-winner, that was a heck of a finish at the end."

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne (22) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne (22) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed Friday night's game against the Knicks, but he had a perfectly reasonable excuse for his absence.

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots while being defended by New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots while being defended by New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Meanwhile, the Nets began the season by taking a 103-100 loss at Detroit. The Nets as they often did last season fell behind by double digits before coming back but on their last two possessions, Caris LeVert committed a turnover and Joe Harris missed a contested 3-pointer that would have forced overtime.

"We fought back played well, etc, etc, etc, sort of the story of last season," Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie of a team which was 12-13 in games decided by five points or fewer last season. "We didn't get it done. We've got to figure it out and take the next step and finally get it done."

Despite the lack of late-game execution, the Nets received some good performances as LeVert matched a career high with 27 points and Dinwiddie added 23.   >> Read More

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Oct 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) defends during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Oct 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) defends during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Caris LeVert scored a game-high 27 points, but the Pistons eked out a 103-100 win over the Nets in the season opener on Wednesday night in Detroit. >> Box score

The Nets jumped out to a strong start, posting a 29-24 lead after one quarter, but the Pistons responded by outscoring the Nets in the second and third quarters. The Nets mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth and came within one-point in the final minute before Reggie Jackson made a pair of free throws to extend Detroit's lead.

Jarrett Allen led the Nets with 10 rebounds and was the only player on the team to make two three-pointers.

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Jan 27, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 27, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Former Nets star Richard Jefferson is optimistic about the direction of his former team as a new season gets underway.

Jefferson, who just made the switch from the basketball court to the broadcast booth after nearly two decades in the NBA, said the team still has more steps to take -- but they're inching closer to where they want to be.

"The future is bright; they've been moving in the right direction," he said on The Michael Kay Show. "You have to give them all the credit. I do believe that there are obviously more steps to go, but you're finally moving in the right direction.

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots while being defended by New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots while being defended by New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are learning how to stay out of each other's way.

The better they get at that, the more dangerous the Detroit Pistons will become this season.

Detroit opens at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday with high hopes of making the playoffs. The Pistons possess two of the top big men in the Eastern Conference and they're continuing to build chemistry.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Spencer Dinwiddie is making bank, and not just from playing in the NBA. 

Like most players in the league, Dinwiddie has a taste for the business world, but instead of the entreprenurial spirit that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have, Dinwiddie's interest lies in cryptocurrency, according to Bleacher Report.  

The 25-year-old Nets guard began investing in bitcoin after the 2016-17 season as its stock began to skyrocket, finding a new passion outside of basketball.  

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Spencer Dinwiddie react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and guard Spencer Dinwiddie react in the first quarter against Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Things may be looking up for the Nets this season. 

Per FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO system, which factors each player's future performance based on trajectory of similar NBA players, the Nets are expected to finish with a 36-46 record and 34 percent chance of making the playoffs. 

It is a stark contrast from last season, when the Nets were 28-54 and in last place in the Eastern Conference. 

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Mar 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Richard Jefferson took to Instagram on Saturday to announce his "decision to move on from basketball" after 17 seasons, including seven with the Nets.

In his Instagram post, the 38-year-old described a rocky two-month period during which he not only decided to retire from the NBA but also dealt with the tragic death of his father.

Jefferson's most formidable years came with the then-New Jersey Nets as he helped the team reach the NBA finals in 2002-03 and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2003-04.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Nets have signed forward Drew Gordon just days after he played with the team in a preseason game.

Gordon, who played in the team's game against the Raptors on Oct. 10, originally signed with the Nets in August.

He spent last season playing in Russia with BC Zenit Saint Petersburg and averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21 games, including 13 starts.

 

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

D'Angelo Russell scored a team-high 18 points and had seven assists to help carry his team to a 113-107 win over the Knicks in a preseason game on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

The Nets turned in a well-rounded effort, as Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie each chipped in 16 points while Caris LeVert scored 12 points on four three-pointers.

The Knicks fell behind by 14 points at the end of the half, but fought back in the second half as they outscored the Nets in the fourth quarter by seven points. Tim Hardaway Jr. was leading his team in minutes and points when he left the game with a sprained wrist. He finished with 18 points in 26:02 minutes.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie thinks he should have won the Most Improved Player award last season over Victor Oladipo and Clint Capela, and he didn't mince words when making his point. 

"There's no way I shouldn't have won that," he said in an interview with the YES Network. Vic (Oladipo) had great years for four years, had one down year, then had a great, like an even better year, and they were like, 'Ah man, look, he played bad one year and then he played well.' Clint Capela played very well, but at the same time, through the dynamics of his team, he kinda got to come in and do his job. He excelled at it very much, but he got to do his job. Whereas if you look at [my] story, I was cast aside; I was in the D-League. I came in on Brooklyn, I wasn't supposed to play last year. We had [Jeremy Lin] and [D'Angelo Russell], they both got hurt. After that, obviously I had a nice run. The numbers were off the charts. You're talking about advanced analytics and everything. I was getting to the rim and creating points in efficiency on par with James Harden. There's no way I shouldn't have won that. You don't go from the D-League to just sub-All-Star-level point guard in 50 games.

While he's irked about the award he didn't get, he's looking forward to the season and has hope that the Nets can make the playoffs...

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Allen Crabbe missed Wednesday's game against the Raptors with a mild ankle sprain he suffered in the Nets' game against the Pistons on on Monday.

Coach Kenny Atkinson said it is a possiblity that Crabbe could play on Friday, but that it is not likely.

"It's a mild sprain: That's the diagnosis," said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, per the New York Post. "I don't anticipate him playing Friday [versus the Knicks]," Kennty Atkinson said.

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