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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard was a bit wild but largely dominant, firing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out five, lowering his Spring Training ERA to 1.88.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Thomas Robinson, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)

Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Troy Daniels made his first five 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets completed a four-game season sweep of the Brooklyn Nets with a 113-99 win on Friday night.

With the win, the Hornets (46-33) assured they'll be no lower than the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Charlotte still has an outside shot of hosting a playoff series, but trails Boston and Miami for the fourth spot.

Walker tallied his 41st game with 20 or more points this season.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Thomas Robinson, Wayne Ellington
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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the Charlotte Hornets on the road on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Charlotte (3-0) will be looking to sweep this season series for the fourth time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2000-01 (4-0).
  • The Nets have given up 105 or more points in each of its last seven, as well as in 12 of its last 13, contests.
  • Charlotte has won 45 games this season after finishing 33-49 in 2014-15. That +12 increase in wins is the second best among NBA teams (NY, +14).
  • Sean Kilpatrick had a career-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting (including 4-for-5 from three-point range) in the March 22 meeting between the Nets and Hornets.
  • Thomas Robinson has recorded a double-double in each of his last five games. That is the longest streak by any Brooklyn player this season. Robinson is putting up 15.2 points and 12.2 boards per game during this streak.
  • Kemba Walker is shooting 41.7 (93/223) from behind the arc in home games this season; that ranks ninth in the NBA (minimum 150 3PA in home G).
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Nets play the Wizards in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Washington won its first game against the Nets this season back on December 26 (111-96) and has won six of its last eight overall against them. These teams will face each other again on Monday in Brooklyn.
  • The Nets have lost nine consecutive road games and will be looking to avoid dropping 10 in a row away from home for the first time since losing 12 straight from December 22, 2010-February 4, 2011.
  • After winning a season-high five consecutive games, the Wizards have now lost five of their last seven contests overall, including two in a row at home.
  • John Wall has had at least 10 assists in a career-high 13 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the NBA and second longest streak this season overall (Rajon Rondo, 14 games).
  • Thomas Robinson has posted a double-double in a career-high four games in a row, averaging 13.3 points and 12.8 rebounds in that span. Robinson's current double-double streak is tied with Tyson Chandler for the third-longest active streak in the NBA (Karl-Anthony Towns, 13 games; Andre Drummond, 8 games).
  • Marcin Gortat led Washington with 21 points against the Clippers on Sunday -- his first 20-point performance since February 23. Gortat has scored 20+ points in each of his last two meetings with Brooklyn and led all scorers with 25 points in the first matchup between the clubs this season.
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks play the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets have won six of the last seven games in this series. However, their one loss to the Knicks in this stretch came at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.
  • Brooklyn has dropped its last seven games when playing on zero days' rest. The Nets have allowed 100 or more points in every game during this skid, including 130+ points in the last two.
  • The Knicks have played 37 home games in 2015-16. More than half of those contests (19 of 37) have been decided by 10 or more points, including seven of the last eight.
  • Thomas Robinson has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after posting just two in his first 64 games of the season.
  • Thaddeus Young has had 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in each of his last nine games versus the Knicks. That is tied for the third-longest active such streak by any player against the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 31 points in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. He has now scored 20 or more points in each of his last six, as well as in 14 of his last 15, contests.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Nets have won six of the last seven games in this series. However, their one loss to the Knicks in this stretch came at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4.
  • Brooklyn has dropped its last seven games when playing on zero days' rest. The Nets have allowed 100 or more points in every game during this skid, including 130+ points in the last two.
  • The Knicks have played 37 home games in 2015-16. More than half of those contests (19 of 37) have been decided by 10 or more points, including seven of the last eight.
  • Thomas Robinson has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after posting just two in his first 64 games of the season.
  • Thaddeus Young has had 10+ points and 5+ rebounds in each of his last nine games versus the Knicks. That is tied for the third-longest active such streak by any player against the Knicks.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 31 points in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks. He has now scored 20 or more points in each of his last six, as well as in 14 of his last 15, contests.
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Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard)

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The Nets have their eyes on their watches, as they wait for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to mercifully expire. After allowing 139 points to the Magic on Tuesday, the Nets folded against the Cavaliers on Thursday, trailing by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter. Is it over yet?

 

"I think the mindset of the whole team, myself included, I think guys are worried that there's not much time left, we're not fighting for anything," Thomas Robinson told reporters after Brooklyn's blowout loss on Tuesday. "No knock on our team, but mentally it's tough to keep fighting in games and showing up every night the way things are going for us, and the end of the season being so close. I think that's a problem we've got to shake real quick."

 

It's a candid thought, and one that I really can't blame anyone in a Nets uniform for having. This season has been a slog through the sobering reality of what happens when you mortgage your future and go belly up. There has been a coaching change and front office turnover to go along with injuries, regressions, and the buyout of the team's leader for the last three seasons. So if Brooklyn is finally ready to pack up shop, well…they're a couple months behind the rest of us.

 

Don't get me wrong, this team played hard for interim coach Tony Brown. They won some shockers (last week's triumph over King James and company comes to mind), and were in some tough ones late that they probably didn't have any business being in. That in and of itself is a victory. Sean Kilpatrick has been a mini-revelation, earning himself a three-year deal after coming out of obscurity, and we got some sneak peaks at future core players (like Chris McCullough), as they played some productive NBA minutes.

 

But the reality is that this is a situation that's going to get worse before it gets better, and it makes me feel for some of the veterans, specifically Brook Lopez and Thad Young, who committed to multiple years of this mess last summer. It's going to be a few years before basketball in Brooklyn gets people excited again. I think they finally have the right man for the job in Sean Marks, but he has a mountain of work to do.

 

So with seven games remaining, I'm giving the Nets a pass. If they're already mentally laying on a beach somewhere, or thinking about their first morning of sleeping in without a practice or a shoot around to get to, more power to them. Because the next few years are going to require a lot of work to get this franchise back to a respectable level. I just hope when the time comes, some of these guys will still be here and ready to answer the bell.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Thomas Robinson, Brian Erni
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts on the bench during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)

For the first time in two months, the Toronto Raptors are coming off a loss at home.

The last time they were in that situation, they responded with a victory over the Brooklyn Nets that started the longest home winning streak in franchise history.

At the midpoint of a seven-game homestand, the Raptors again look to bounce back with a victory over the Nets when they meet Tuesday night.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Nets host the Grizzlies tonight at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Nets have drilled at least nine three-pointers in each of their last five home games against the Grizzlies. It is Brooklyn's longest such streak since a string of six games versus Minnesota from December 5, 2008 -- March 30, 2014.
  • The Grizzlies have dropped back-to-back games in overtime. Memphis had not lost consecutive games that went to overtime since March 13-16, 2012. The franchise has never played three straight overtime games.
  • Thaddeus Young went for 20 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks in the win over Denver on Monday. It was just the third game of Young's career with at least 20 points, five rebounds, and three blocks, and his first since December 1, 2012.
  • Zach Randolph has reached 20 points in consecutive games for only the second time this year. Randolph has totaled 45+ points and 20+ rebounds in a two-game span for the first time since January 26-27, 2015.
  • Thomas Robinson pulled down double-digit rebounds off the bench on Monday for the third time this season. Robinson is the only Net with a 10-rebound game off the bench this year, and his three are the most since Brook Lopez had five in 2014-15.
  • Mike Conley scored a season-high 27 points in Monday's loss to Portland. The 27 points were the most for Conley since dropping 30 on the Spurs back on December 30, 2014.
Tags: Thaddeus Young, Thomas Robinson
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