When the Philadelphia 76ers lost 101-100 to the streaking Denver Nuggets– winners of 14 straight–Brooklyn clinched a playoff berth for the first time in five years. The Nets (40-28) are vastly improved from last year’s team (then the New Jersey Nets) that won only 12 games. Two factors have been instrumental to the Nets success this season: the productivity of Brook Lopez and the firing of Avery Johnson. Lopez has been nothing short of spectacular when he’s been healthy (he missed some games earlier in the season because of an ankle injury). He’s averaging 19 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and was named to his first All-Star team. As for the firing of Coach Avery Johnson, it was a decision that I did not agree with. But it’s easier to dispose of a coach than it is with players for underperformance. Since the firing, Brooklyn’s record is 26-14. Unfortunately for Johnson, the Nets’ recent success speaks to how desperately they needed a new voice to salvage a promising season.
Deron Williams came to play Wednesday, leading the Nets to a 113-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. He was unstoppable especially in the second half, scoring 26 of his 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Continue reading
Brooklyn improved its record to 16-14 after topping the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-100 at the Barclays center Saturday night. Brook Lopez was magnificent for Brooklyn, scoring 35 and grabbing 11 boards. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams had 15 points apiece to pace the Nets, who are now 2-0 since the firing of Avery Johnson. Continue reading
Here’s a game clip of Nets-Magic from NBA.com:
After losing by 30 to the Miami Heat, the Nets handed a 30-point+ thrashing of their own to the Dwight Howardless Orlando Magic, beating them by the score, 107-68, Friday. Continue reading
Brook Lopez, once the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade that would’ve sent former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, has acquitted himself nicely this preseason by leading the team in scoring in four of its first five games. Lopez’s scoring abilities are undeniable, but the 7-footer still leaves a lot to be desired as a defender and a rebounder. Continue reading