Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK — Former Nets head coach Avery Johnson was surprised that he was fired on back on Dec. 27. According to him, he thought he had more time to turn things around for his struggling Nets.

If it were totally up to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, though, Johnson may have been shown the door a lot sooner.

Mikhail Prokhorov

Prokhorov addressed the media during halftime of Friday night's Nets victory at Barclays Center. During his address, he made it clear that P.J. Carlesimo would have the support of the entire front office and that the Nets wouldn't be too concerned about finding a new head coach at the time being.

According to Prokhorov, he will judge Carlesimo by the results he sees on the court.

"He really has a chance to lead the team, definitely," Prokhorov said when asked if Carlesimo could earn the Nets coaching job on a full-time basis. "P.J. is the head coach and we have a lot of trust in him and I want him to lead the team."

Prokhorov says that despite the early season struggles, he thinks that the Nets still have the talent to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.  "I think we have very talented players but they are capable of much more than what we've seen in recent weeks," he said. "We really had a lot of talent and some games showed this. This, to me, says that there were problems given a lack of concentration and a lack of ability to produce good results. For me, really, I want to see all the players give us 100 percent of their efforts in every game."

Apparently, firing Avery Johnson wasn't personal. "I respect Avery and I wish him well," Prokhorov said. "But sometimes, chemistry just isn't right." Prokhorov also said that his decision to fire Johnson was made solely based on what he saw on the court. The most interesting bit, however, is the fact that Prokhorov says that he made the decision to fire Johnson long before the move was made on Dec. 27.

"I made the final decision [to fire Johnson] last week," Prokhorov revealed. When asked why they waited to wait to make the announcement, he wouldn't provide any details. "I spoke with Billy King and we had a discussion, but at the end, it was my decision," he said.

The revelation of the decision being made last week is noteworthy since Deron Williams created a stir back on Dec. 18. Then, he made comments critical of Johnson and the Nets offensive system. Based on Prokhorov's statements to the media, it appears as though Williams' comments were made around the same time Prokhorov's decision was made.

Although Williams is the Nets $100 million man and franchise cornerstone, the Nets owners isn't ready to blame the team's poor start on him just yet and he wouldn't implicate Williams comments as having any impact on the decision. "I think with every team and I do believe in my team, it's not about one player," Prokhorov said. "We need to have better team spirit."

Prior to Prokhorov's media address, the prevailing sentiment across the NBA's media circles is that Williams quit on Johnson and his poor play during Johnson's final weeks as Nets head coach supports that theory. In yet another twist of irony, Williams sat out what ended up being Johnson's final game as head coach of the Nets. On Dec. 26, without Williams, the Nets put forth a dispirited effort against the Milwaukee Bucks and lost, 108-93.

For what it's worth, Williams was seen getting shots up about two hours before game time and ended up turning in one of his best efforts in recent memory. He scored 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting, despite playing just 29 minutes. He scored 17 of his points in the first half.

As for the future, Prokhorov was fairly coy with the media. He refused to publicly entertain the idea of pursuing Phil Jackson and instead endorsed Carlesimo as the head coach. He did, however, reiterate his desire to be one of the top teams.

"I want to be the number one team in the league," Prokhorov said. When asked what his goal for this season was, he jokingly said "Just to win a championship and that's it."

With a new head coach and a tough road ahead, the Nets will continue searching for answers. And as the clock ticks toward the self-imposed deadline for Prokhorov's team to win a championship, Phil Jackson lurks in the shadows. Whether or not he brings in Big Chief Triangle remains to be seen. Either way, this season just got a lot more interesting for the Nets.

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Newest Net, Jarrett Allen 00:01:23
Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Brooklyn Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

In Thursday's NBA draft, the Nets selected Jarrett Allen and Aleksander Vezenkov. 

Elsewhere, blunders cost the Yankees, the Mets continue their skid, and the two local MLS teams gear up for the Hudson River Derby. 

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Justine Ward sits down with the latest addition to the Brooklyn Nets, Jarrett Allen from Texas

The Nets selected C Jarrett Allen with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Nets selected Aleksandar Vezenkov with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Vezenkov, 21, currently plays for FC Barcelona and is not expected to join the Nets immediately. 

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(Geoff Burke)

In The Undefeated's latest mock draft, the Nets select Michigan F D.J. Wilson with the No. 22 overal pick, per Marc J. Spears. 

Spears writes, "The Brooklyn Nets land a late bloomer with a 7-3 wingspan whose stock rose during the NCAA tournament when he averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 blocks in three games."

Wilson took on a bigger role for the Wolverines in his junior season, averaging 30.4 minutes per game compared to 6.1 minutes the previous year. he finished the season with 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing it's claim as the epicenter of hoops talent.

SNY's Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing its claim as the epicenter of hoops talent. 

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Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn.

Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn. 

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Two days before the NBA draft, the Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Lakers

Elsewhere, the Mets are pounded by the Dodgers, the Yankees' losing streak hits seven and the Knicks are reportedly mulling dealing Kristaps Porzingis

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The Nets are trading Brook Lopez and their 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in exchange for Tim Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com, citing sources.

In 54 games this past season for the Lakers, Mozgov averaged 7.4 points per game, while D'Angelo Russell averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Lopez played eight seasons for the Nets, who drafted him 10th overall in 2008. 

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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 Nets are reportedly looking to deal away their No. 22 and No. 27 picks to move up in the NBA Draft, per Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto.

Finishing with a league-worst 20-62 record last season, the Nets don't have a high draft pick because of their infamous trade with the Boston Celtics in July 2013. 

DraftExpress.com have the Nets targeting a frontcourt player as F D.J. Wilson i set to be picked with their No. 22 pick, and C Anzejs Pasecniks with their No. 27 pick. 

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 (Reese Strickland)
(Reese Strickland)

The Nets have hosted numerous prospects heading into the NBA draft, including top guards Jawun Evans and Terrance Ferguson, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

An Oklahoma State product, Evans stands at just 6-foot-1, and though the NBA doesn't normally translate well with short guards, he uses inspiration from players like Chris Paul and Isaiah Thomas boost his confidence. 

"It just means great things to me, how great those guys [are]: Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, just seeing the big roles they play for their teams," Evans said. "So I feel like I can come in, develop that and hopefully one day I'll be as good as them."

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(Bob Rosato)

The Nets reportedly hired Sasa Obradovic, who will join the Nets' coaching staff at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next month, according to NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

The addition of Obradovic suggests that the Nets are all-in on Serbian free-agent, PG Milos Teodosic. Obradovic coached Teodosic on the Serbian national team in the 2016 Olympics where Serbia received a silver medal. 

Teodosic tallied 18 points and six assists against the United States in that game, going up against two of the NBA's best point guards in Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Teodosic is "as good of a player, and as good of a guard, as there is in Europe. I love him. We're friends."

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JRSportBrief: Warrior perfection 00:01:31
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes. 

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Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets could make a push for Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during free agency this summer, according to ESPN.com.

Both Porter and Caldwell-Pope are restricted free agents, meaning their respective teams are allowed to match any contract offers the players receive. 

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin believes Brooklyn, which finished with the worst record in the NBA this season, could make the playoffs next year if the team stays healthy.

"I hope we can be very healthy next year. I feel we can get into the playoffs," Lin said in an interview with JD.com (via SLAM) that was translated by a Reddit user. "If we didn't get injured this year… I mean, I only played 24 minutes a game this year. If I could play more of if I didn't get injured, I feel we have a chance of getting into the playoffs."

Lin averaged 14.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 36 games with Brooklyn last season, missing extended periods of time due to various ankle and hamstring injuries.

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Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Celtics landed the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (June 22) from the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nets gave up three first round picks in a trade with the Boston Celtics that helped them acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, among others. The Celtics will have the Nets' 2018 first round pick in addition to this year's selection. 

The Celtics beat the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night. They will face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, but will still have the number one overall pick.

Meanwhile, the Nets finished the 2016-17 season with a 20-62 record. Kenny Atkinson was in his first year as head coach of the team. 

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(Kelly Kline)

NBA prospect Hamidou Diallo said he met with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the NBA Combine, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

Brooklyn was one of ten teams to meet the 18-year-old guard.

Diallo's 44 1/2 inch max vertical at the scouting cambine marked the second-highest in history, according to ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.

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Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern said he had "no idea" what Brooklyn Nets executives were thinking when the team rested Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, and Trevor Booker in their season-ending 112-73 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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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)

MOSCOW (AP) - Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club.

The Russian billionaire announced his intention to sell a minority stake in December, and now says "49 percent of the Brooklyn shares are up for sale," in comments reported by R-Sport.

He adds that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."

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GEICO SportsNite: Nets offseason 00:00:46
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks talks about evaluating the roster during the offseason after his team finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks said he wants the organization and its fans to be patient with its goal of making the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's worst record this season.

"We're going to have to build this strategically, have patience with it," Marks told Newsday's Greg Logan at an end-of-season press conference on Monday, "... We're going to have a big-picture view on this looking down the road."

The Nets will swap their first-round pick this season with the Boston Celtics, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and also traded their 2018 first-round pick to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade from 2013.

Marks, who had been a San Antonio Spurs assistant GM for two years before becoming Nets GM last February, said the team will explore all options.

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GEICO SportsNite: Nets 00:01:38
Brooklyn Nets players recap a season that ended on an optimistic note despite a league-worst 20-62 record.

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.

Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez became the franchise's all-time leading scorer in Monday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Lopez scored 25 points in a 114-105 loss to end his night with 10,444 career points, passing Buck Williams, who scored 10,440 points in his Nets career. Lopez passed Williams with a fadeaway jumper late in the fourth quarter.

With one game remaining in the 2016-17 season, Lopez, 29, has averaged 20.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

 

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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) drives up to the net during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) Dwyane Wade returned but the Chicago Bulls sustained a potentially costly loss when the Brooklyn Nets beat them 107-106 on Saturday.

Spencer Dinwiddie made four free throws in the final 13.6 seconds for the Nets in their home finale. He scored 19 points, as did rookie Caris LeVert. >> Read more

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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)
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)

The Nets host the Bulls at 5 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Bulls have won five of the last six games in this series, including both meetings in 2016-17. Chicago and Brooklyn will face each other one more time after Saturday, on the final day on the regular season (April 12).
  • Entering this weekend, Chicago sat in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but was just 0.5 game ahead of ninth-place Miami. Entering this weekend, the Bulls' .278 remaining strength of schedule was the easiest in the league; their final three games are against the Nets (twice) and the Magic.
  • After going 0-7 in April last season, the Nets have opened the month at 3-1 in 2016-17. Brooklyn is shooting 50.3 percent from the field this month; entering this weekend, that was sixth best the league, second best among Eastern Conference teams.
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Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Apr 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Magic won 107-115. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-107 on Thursday night.

Aaron Gordon added 21 points, Jodie Meeks had 20, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Magic had lost five straight.

Jeremy Lin led Brooklyn with 32 points, and Caris LeVert had 20. The Nets had won a season-high three games in a row.

Orlando outscored Brooklyn 36-21 in the third quarter. Meeks, who was scoreless in the first half, had 18 points, including 13 straight in the middle of the period. Payton had eight assists in the quarter.  >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:31
Eamon McAnaney reports from MSG and breaks down all the news and action from the Knicks 106-103 loss to the Washington Wizards.

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 106-103 on Thursday night.

John Wall added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to improve to 48-31, tying Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is trying for its first 50-win season since 1978-79. Marcin Gortat was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wizards. They have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points for the Knicks, who are a loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. >> Read more

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Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ZZZ Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

Recap

Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a rare rout, 141-118 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

The 19-win Nets have been buried in last place in the NBA standings for most of the season and not even a recent surge could budge them out of the cellar.

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(Jennifer Stewart)

The Nets are finalizing a two-year contract with G Archie Goodwinreports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Goodwin's deal will include the remainder of this season and cover next season.

He initially signed a 10-day contract with the Nets in March.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends against Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled Paul Millsap's return to the lineup by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-82 on Sunday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.

Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets shut down forward Joe Harris for the rest of the season with a sprained left shoulder, according to SB Nation's Anthony Puccio.

Harris has not played since March 3 when he took a hard fall going up for a block in a game against the Utah Jazz, missing the Nets' last 17 games, including Sunday.

The 25-year-old Harris has averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 52 games with Brooklyn this season.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks find themselves in a position where three games separate five teams in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.

With six games remaining, the Hawks are 39-37. They are in sixth place, one game behind the surging Milwaukee Bucks and two up on the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

If there are more slip-ups, the situation might become less secure for the Hawks, who visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night. >> Read more

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Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Apr 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) puts up a shot against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. The Nets won 121-111. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 30 points, Trevor Booker had a season-high 23 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 121-111 on Saturday.  

Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points for the Nets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brooklyn had a season-high 72 points in the paint.

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Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Mar 30, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Marcus Morris had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Ish Smith hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-89 on Thursday night.

Smith, who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead with 30 seconds left. Brook Lopez missed a 3-pointer on the Nets' ensuing possession, and Detroit sealed it at the free-throw line.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jeremy Lin each had 14 points for the Nets. Lopez added 11 points and nine rebounds. >> Read more...

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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

The Nets look to improve to 3-0 against the Pistons as they meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • In the most recent meeting between these teams (March 21), Brook Lopez hit a running jump shot as time expired to give the Nets a 98-96 victory. Brooklyn leads the season series 2-0, but has lost its last three games in Detroit.
  • Brooklyn has gone 7-9 (.438) in March, which is just two wins shy of its total number of wins from October thru February (9-49).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez passes the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and guard T.J. McConnell during the first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Dario Saric scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-101 on Tuesday night.

Rookie guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had 17 points and nine boards for the 76ers, who dressed only nine players.

Philadelphia was without center Jahlil Okafor, who missed his third straight game due to right knee soreness, and veteran guard Gerald Henderson, who did not play because of soreness in his left hip.

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The 76ers fell to the Pacers on the road on Sunday, 107-94. Philadelphia is 6-25 (.194) on the season when they fail to score at least 100 points in a game.
  • The Nets defeated the Hawks in Atlanta, 107-92, on Sunday for their third win in their past four games. Brooklyn has seven wins just in the month of March after having nine wins combined from October through February.

 

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Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

ATLANTA (AP) Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss.

Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining.

Jeremy Lin had 19 points for the Nets (16-57), who have won three of four and are 7-8 in March to improve their league-worst record. >> Read more...

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Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 24, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the second half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall scored 22 points despite dealing with migraine headache symptoms earlier in the day, Bradley Beal added 19 points and the Washington Wizards cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday night.

Brandon Jennings had 18 points, one of three bench players to score in double-figures as the third-place Wizards moved a game ahead of idle Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Wall and Jennings each had nine assists as Washington won its second straight before embarking on a five-game road trip.

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Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) attempts to block a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 126-98 on Thursday night to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets, who beat Detroit on Tuesday.

Brooklyn took a commanding 84-65 lead into the fourth quarter as Lopez scored 12 points in the third quarter. Brooklyn held Phoenix to 15 points, the fewest points the Nets have allowed in the third quarter this season. >> Read more...

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) handles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin will be available for tonight's game against the Suns, head coach Kenny Atkinson said. 

Lin played just seven minutes before leaving Sunday's loss to the Mavericks with a sprained right ankle. The injury forced him to sit out Tuesday's win over the Pistons, the 44th game he has missed this season. 

The 28-year-old has played in only 25 games, averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104.
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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson complains about a foul called against Nets during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Nets look to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year as they host the Suns at Barclays Center on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets are 7-2 (.778) against the Suns since moving to Brooklyn in 2012-13, their best record against an opponent during that time span.
  • The Suns dropped their fifth consecutive game after Tuesday's 112-97 road loss to the Heat. Phoenix has lost eight of its last nine road contests.
  • The Nets defeated the Pistons at the buzzer on Tuesday via a Brook Lopez jump shot for the team's fifth win in the month of March (5-7). Brooklyn had won just four games in the three previous months combined (4-37).
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Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Brook Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris' follow shot with 2.4 seconds left.

Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and shot the jumper as it appeared he might lose control of the ball, making the shot to cap a 29-point night. >> Read more...


Next game: The Nets return to action Thursday against the Suns in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick and forward Joe Harris will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center, while Jeremy Lin is doubtful, the team announced.

Kilpatrick suffered an injured left hamstring while Joe Harris has a left shoulder injury.

Lin is dealing with a sprained right ankle and was limited to just seven minutes in Sunday's 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kilpatrick averages 13.3 points and four rebounds per game, while Harris averages 8.2 and 2.8. Lin, who has played just 25 games this season, is averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 assists.

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Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard K.J. McDaniels (14) during second half at Barclays Center. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-104. fMandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.

The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks.

After Barea's surge, Barnes' two layups made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

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Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Nets remain the worst team in the league and have split four games since their last meeting with Dallas. Brooklyn is 4-8 since the All-Star break, when Jeremy Lin returned from a second strained left hamstring.

Three of Brooklyn's last four losses were by single digits and the Nets are 8-26 in games decided by fewer than 10 points.

The latest was a 98-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. In their 18th loss in the last 19 home games, the Nets missed potential 3-pointers by Brook Lopez and Quincy Acy in the final six seconds.

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