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[sny-box] In a battle of the two top teams in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors held a 94-85 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. But the Nets rallied on the shoulders of Paul Pierce to go on a 9-0 run to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
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For the first time in his career, Paul Pierce played against the only franchise he'd ever known since coming into the league in 1998. He and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Celtics green for six seasons, but they were visitors at the TD Garden on Sunday.
The atmosphere was electric all night long, with thunderous cheers and classy first-quarter video tributes for the two future Hall of Fame Celtic legends.
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[sny-box] Emotions were running high at the start of the contest with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett?s return to TD Garden. But the play on the court from both sides certainly did not live up to the hype.
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[sny-box] The Nets struggled through the first half but really picked things up to start the third quarter ? opening up a 10-point lead at the halfway point of the frame.
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[sny-box] The Nets were able to keep this game close in the first half ? trailing by only six at the break ? despite shooting only 35 percent from the field. But the Pacers took control in the third quarter, outscoring Brooklyn 30-19, en route to an easy victory.
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Bleacher Report's Howard Beck writes that the Nets could look to trade Pierce for future considerations if they truly believe they can't compete without their star center, and speculates a reunion with his former coach could be in the cards:
[sny-box]Nets officials must now confront the same calculus: If the title chase is lost, is there any reason to keep Pierce? Is there any reason not to trade him by the Feb. 20 deadline??Even at 36, Pierce could be valuable as a short-term rental for a contending team. A reunion with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles seems more than plausible, if the Nets and?Clippers?can work out the details.[/sny-box]
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Joe Johnson is a game time decision due to personal reasons.
Just as Kidd held out Brook Lopez on Monday against a weaker Sixers team (and was rewarded with a blow out win), Kidd will take a similar approach with Garnett. With a four game week on the horizon, which includes two match ups with the Pacers, this seems like a good idea. Expect Mirza Teletovic to get the start at the four.
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"It's easy to sit here and talk to you guys about what kind of night I had. But bottom line, I really don't care. We lost the game. That's pretty much all that matters. We come out here and try to win as a team. It's not about how good Paul Pierce is playing. [Against Washington], we had the inability to rebound. We didn't defend the three and it cost us the game. And that's all I'm worried about."-- Paul Pierce
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Pierce told reporters after practice that he won't be wearing the glove that covered his broken hand?unless he feels further pain. Pierce said he feels more comfortable shooting without it.
Since returning from the non-displaced fracture in his hand, Pierce is shooting 38.4% from the field (10-for-26). However, he is 8-for-16 (50%) in his last two games, and?he's 7-for-14 from three (50%) over the four game stretch since the injury.
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Shooting: A-Finally,?shots are dropping for Brooklyn. The Nets shot a stunning 55.7% against Boston, thanks in large part to open looks and a solid paint presence (that has a lot to do with Brook Lopez's return). They followed that up with a 44.6% effort against the Clippers. Williams looking like a top tier point guard is creating space for everyone, and the Nets haven't gotten this many good looks in weeks. Kevin Garnett's shot is finally coming around, though it still won't set the world on fire, and Joe Johnson had a money outing against L.A. Even Paul Pierce showed some vintage looks.
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Nets fans are searching for something to be positive about (justifiably so) in this mess of an early season and?the ?win over Boston certainly is a place to start. It was probably the best this team has played all year. With Deron Williams coming back, and Paul Pierce surprising everyone with an early return, it looks like we can finally see what this team is all about. I still need to see Andrei Kirilenko on the floor, but beggars can't be choosers, I suppose.
That said, with all the optimism coming from the D-Will return, I would still pump the brakes a bit and not go too crazy with a single two-game winning streak. ?I want to see them win tonight against a road weary Clippers team that is coming off a game last night in Boston.?If they can play with the same energy and passion as last game tonight and grab another win it could make me start to think that maybe they have found something.
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[sny-box] The Nets had a comfortable 13-point lead after three quarters but went cold from the field to start the fourth. The Celtics though could not make a serious enough dent into the lead, so when Brooklyn regained its stroke, the game was sealed.
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Williams will start at point guard. Pierce will be coming off the bench for the first time this season and only fourth time in his 16-year NBA career.
Williams returns to the lineup after dealing with nagging ankle injuries this season.
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Rivers told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck that Pierce isn't done, and he thinks he'd actually benefit from?more?minutes in the Nets' rotations:
[sny-box]"[Paul] can score anywhere. I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were [playing him], like they did with Kevin. And that?s not Paul. Paul?doesn?t work under those type of minutes?at least, in my opinion he doesn?t. He?s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin?s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself."[/sny-box]
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?I think emotions [of playing the Celtics] are already behind me. We played them in the preseason. We had our press conference. Emotions are all behind. I probably won?t have any more emotions until I go back into the arena that I played in, but I?ve?moved on, they?ve moved on, Doc?s moved on, Ray [Allen?s] moved on."--Paul Pierce
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The four players were expected out tonight, and they were the only Nets on the injury report. The Nets will have an 11-man bench tonight.
Shaun Livingston or Tyshawn Taylor will start at point guard in place of Williams, and Alan Anderson will start at small forward in place of Pierce.
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Pierce sat out Saturday's game, and is expected to miss two to four weeks.
The Nets say the injury occurred during the first half of Friday night's game against the Houston Rockets.
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Pierce is shooting just 36.8% from the field this season, including 26.8% from 3-point territory, both career-lows.
He played just 15 minutes in Friday's loss to the Rockets, going 1-of-6 from the field.
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After Sunday's loss to the Pistons,?Nets forward?Paul Pierce had some pointed words about the way the Nets have failed to make adjustments during their recent skid, seen by some as a public criticism of Jason Kidd and his coaching staff.
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The Nets have now officially confirmed that Lopez and Williams will sit out tonight's game with respective ankle injuries, and Paul Pierce is also out for tonight's game with a sore groin that he apparently injured in the second half of last night's game.
As if that weren't a big enough blow, the Nets also announced that Kevin Garnett will sit out tonight's game with an ankle injury of his own, suffered after he collided with Lopez late in the fourth quarter after Lopez had fallen down injured.
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A lot of times, filling a need works better in theory than in reality, but for Brooklyn, the reality of filling those holes in the front court manifested in a way few could have dreamed of. Out go Gerard Wallace and Kris Humphries, in come future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Suddenly, the Nets' front court is as good on paper as it's been in a long time, and it goes far beyond the two Boston imports.
The trio of Lopez, Garnett and Pierce will get the majority of the attention, and with a combined 26 All-Star selections, that's no surprise. But the big men coming off the bench are no joke either, as Jim Mancari discussed earlier. Andray Blatche is coming off an outstanding first season in Brooklyn, and he may see a lot more minutes this year as part of a "Twin Towers" package alongside Brook Lopez. The two 7-footers have been a dynamic duo when they've played together, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.
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[sny-box]Brooklyn relied on a 12-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to establish a big lead that they never relinquished.
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The newest member of the Nets, Paul Pierce, proclaimed his hatred for the Knicks has grown since relocating to Brooklyn. Knicks guard Raymond Felton laughed off Pierce's comments, apparently following suit of the NBA's mandate to end this intercity rivalry.
That lasted ... all of a week.
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According to a report by the New York Post, the NBA does not want any bad blood between the Knicks and Nets, so much so that Commissioner David Stern ordered a sit-down meeting between Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this past season in an effort to end any tension between the two New York teams.
Both parties said the meeting was very cordial and pleasant, anonymous sources told The Post.
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The Miami Heat are the defending champs, and well, LeBron James is still on the team. The Indiana Pacers proved they're a tough test for the Knicks in the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to play alongside Deron Williams, and the Chicago Bulls will get a healthy Derrick Rose back this year.
So Carmelo Anthony, how will you respond?
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The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.
It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.
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Projecting the top 10 power forwards for the upcoming season, analyst Bradford Doolittle placed Carmelo Anthony in the No. 10 spot. According to Doolittle, Anthony's 11 WARP -- the first double-digit offensive efficiency total -- is combated by a poor defensive effort.
"His offensive efficiency spiked with his position shift, and his acceptance of the move," Doolitte wrote. "The downside of the tweak is Anthony's lack of defensive acumen. His defensive rebounding was fine when he was a 3, but one position over, it doesn't look too good. Anthony does, without a doubt, score a lot of points. Make of that what you will."
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Coach Mike Woodson wants to see Shumpert improve his offensive game this summer, and that's precisely what the third-year swingman is doing.
Though he left the Knicks Summer League early, Shumpert has made a habit of working on his shooting this offseason. Shumpert is also keeping in shape so he can be an asset on both offense and defense.
Smith is the lone Knicks player to crack the guard rankings, and the front court players will be ranked throughout the rest of this week.
The sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2012-13 season, Smith is listed behind Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Manu Ginobli, Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal and Louis Williams, who rank first through sixth, respectively.
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Anthony, 29, can opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. He has been rumored to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers, where the franchise will look to rebuild and reemerge after the loss of Dwight Howard.
When asked whether the Knicks? offseason transactions have affected his decision to stay with the Knicks beyond next season, Anthony said he could not comment.
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Now that the Brooklyn Nets have made the massive trade to bring in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett everyone wants to know how the pieces will fit.
The 10 time All-Star and 2008 NBA Finals MVP looked a bit old against the New York Knicks in the playoffs this past season and some of it had to do with the increased minutes he played. The workload that Pierce was subjected to was due to the season ending injury suffered by Rajon Rondo earlier in the year.
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I was anxiously awaiting the Brooklyn Nets? pick at No. 22 and hoped they would select a big man to provide depth on the bench, which they did in Mason Plumlee.
The team had a solid core that had just won 49 games, and now just needed a few more pieces to the puzzle to improve on what was ultimately a successful first year in the borough of Kings.
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The blockbuster trade sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets from the Boston Celtics is official, meaning the Nets starting lineup will feature a combined 35 All-Star appearances and be worth $82 million.
Last season, one of the Nets? strengths was the team?s depth. The team received significant contributions from the ?Bench Mob? including Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans and at times Jerry Stackhouse.
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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Boston Celtics' superstar Kevin Garnett has reportedly agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will come to Brooklyn along with Paul Pierce and Jason Terry as part of a blockbuster trade.
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The Skinny: The Celtics raced out to the early lead, relying on hot three-point shooting to open an eight-point lead. But Joe Johnson found his outside stroke, and the Nets responded with a 13-2 run, capped off by back-to-back three-pointers by C.J. Watson. Brooklyn led by one after one.
Deron Williams took control offensively to open the second quarter, helping to increase the Nets? lead to six. Boston?s second unit immediately fought back to regain the lead, but from there the Nets went on a 15-4 run to lead by 10 at the break. D-Will scored 11 points in the quarter, and things began to get chippy as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul for a skirmish with Reggie Evans.
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These teams have had some heated battles this season which have resulted in a few on-court skirmishes.
The Nets are 2-1 this season against Boston and will attempt to win the season series tonight against their division rival.
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Coming off of last night's impressive victory of the Boston Celtics, the Nets?now 10-4 and leading the NBA's Atlantic division over the New York Knicks by virtue of the tiebreaker?are feeling pretty good about themselves.
The team will return to action on Friday night when they play in Orlando against the Magic and attempt to make it five wins in a row.