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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Spurs set the bar while Pacers fall like a rock

    Apr 7, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Greg Popovich

    The Spurs have solidified themselves atop the NBA — if your team is going to win an NBA title they need to clear that bar because the Spurs aren’t coming back to the pack.

  2. Kevin Garnett plans return to Nets lineup early next week

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets need Kevin Garnett back before the playoffs and are expected to get him early next week. And Andrei Kirilenko should return this week.

  3. Shawn Marion puts a cap on length of his NBA career

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams, Shawn Marion

    Shawn Marion is one of just six players drafted in 1999 who are still in the NBA.* (That was 15 years ago, Mr. Boeheim.) *Elton Brand, Andre Miller, Jason Terry (barely), Andrei Kirilenko and Manu Ginobili are the others. It’s quite the impressive career for a player who has been so reliant on athleticism. Marion…

  4. The Extra Pass: Three players who are ready to start

    Feb 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Let’s take a look at three players who were in action Tuesday night who deserve starting jobs sooner rather than later. Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder Reggie Jackson has understandably received plenty of praise in Russell Westbrook‘s absence, but don’t sleep on Lamb’s emergence as a reliable scorer. With Thabo Sefolosha struggling to find his…

  5. With Brooklyn winning going small, could they look to move Brook Lopez?

    Feb 4, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Around Christmas, it looked like we could leave the Brooklyn Nets for dead. By the time they lost to San Antonio on New Year’s Eve, the Nets were 10-21 and without Brook Lopez, their star center, for the rest of the season due to another foot surgery. That injury forced Brooklyn to go small —…

  6. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  7. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  8. Andrei Kirilenko draws the double, dishes to Garnett for the finish (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The Nets led by as many as 33 points before settling on a 127-110 victory over the Hawks in London on Thursday, and in a game that lopsided, there were more than enough highlights to choose from. We’re going with this high-IQ play from Andrei Kirilenko, who backs down his initial defender in the post,…

  9. Nets notch fifth straight win over frustrated LeBron, banged up Heat

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    lebron restrained nets

    NEW YORK – LeBron James fouled out of a game for just the sixth time in his career on Friday, and with the Heat entering the game in Brooklyn already down three of their starters, losing him for the second overtime session proved to be too much. Behind big games from Joe Johnson and Shaun…

  10. LeBron not at all pleased with flagrant foul from Nets’ Mirza Teletovic (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – It’s been a frustrating night for LeBron James, and things almost boiled over midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets. Miami is without three of its starters, and entered the final period trailing by 12 points. The Heat have been on the wrong end of many 50-50 calls by the officials,…

  11. Sneak Peek at nickname jerseys for Heat/Nets game

    Jan 2, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    Back in the 1970s the NBA used to allow nicknames on jerseys, and they have decided to again for one game — Jan. 10 between the Heat and Nets. SLAM got an advanced peak at the jerseys. To be clear, that is Ray Allen (34, from his character in the movie “He Got Game”), LeBron…

  12. Report: Jason Kidd safe as Nets coach until team gets healthy

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    The Nets are going through an especially rough time right now, and even mentioning as much seems like a gross understatement of the facts. Brooklyn has lost several of its key players due to injury, including Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry. Head coach Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant Lawrence Frank…

  13. Knicks and Nets might not remain so mockable for long, so enjoy it while you can

    Dec 5, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks and Nets as engaged in a thrilling competition: Which team is the biggest laughingstocks in the NBA? Both can lay claim. They have oversized payrolls, cartoonish owners, coaches on the hot seat and underwhelming stars. The Knicks have seen Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin feud, and the Nets have matched with Jason…

  14. Stan Van Gundy: “I don’t think this is on Jason Kidd”

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    With the Nets off to a 5-13 start in the East, there is a lot of finger pointing going on. Losing does that. That includes fingers at first-year coach Jason Kidd, who recently demoted lead assistant Lawrence Frank to be basically the highest paid video coordinator in the NBA. The Nets offense has been isolation…

  15. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    brook lopez joe johnson kg

    NEW YORK – If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

  16. Paul Pierce out Saturday against Grizzlies due to hand injury

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: Paul Pierce is now officially out Saturday against the Grizzlies. 3:30 p. m.: Injuries have been the story do far this season for the Brooklyn Nets, a team many expected to be legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. The latest one is to Paul Pierce, who isn’t expected to play when the…

  17. Breaking down the Derrick Williams for Mbah a Moute trade: It’s as win-win as it gets

    Nov 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The first rule for a GM in “winning” a trade is to make the other GM think he’s winning it. Even if you think you’re fleecing him. The swap sending Derrick Williams to Sacramento and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Minnesota — which has become official — would have been an easy sell for both…

  18. Report: Nets’ coach Jason Kidd has backing of management

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are a hot mess. They have key injuries (Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry), they have an offense that devolves into isolation plays that are easy to defend, and they have a defense that is without cohesion (especially when Brook Lopez is out). They have lost five in a…

  19. Lopez, Williams, Terry, Kirilenko all out again for Nets Friday

    Nov 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    There are a lot of things that need to get turned around for 3-8 Brooklyn. On the offensive end of the court they need Deron Williams and Brook Lopez to take charge and make everyone else a role player. On the defensive end they need to be more cohesive, stop fouling and be stronger on…

  20. Deron Williams to play for Nets Wednesday; Lopez, Kirilenko still out

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    Last game without Deron Williams on the court, the Brooklyn Nets offense degenerated in the second half to a series of isolations that Portland could defend and helped fuel the Trail Blazers comeback. Frankly, that has happened in other games with Williams on the court, but at least he’s a guy who can put an…

  21. Nets host players only meeting after latest loss in Portland

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    We knew it was going to take a little time for Brooklyn’s thrown together $100 million roster of stars — with a first time head coach straight off the court — to come together. But after a disastrous second half in Portland (the Nets scored 40 points in the first quarter, 35 in the second…

  22. Kirilenko says Durant, Kobe tougher to guard than LeBron

    Nov 1, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    Gary Payton said he found John Stockton tougher to guard than Michael Jordan because he knew Jordan would shoot while Stockton could score or pass. That left a lot of people shaking their head. Andrei Kirilenko used the exact opposite logic when trying to discuss who the toughest players to guard are today in the…

  23. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  24. Will the Nets or Rockets make a Finals splash?

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Flash back to April 26, 2012. The Nets closed the season with their six straight loss, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Rockets picked up a meaningless win that day, but they had just lost seven of their previous eight games to ensure they’d miss their third straight postseason. Both teams had…

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