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  1. Kidd says he is reading Frank’s “reports” as details of Nets coaching mess come public

    Dec 11, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    In case you needed a good laugh today — Jason Kidd says he is reading the “reports” that reassigned assistant coach Lawrence Frank is writing. That’s what he told the New York Post. “I’ve been reading the reports [Frank is filing], and that’s as far as it’s going.” Riiiight. Now, if it the reports read…

  2. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  3. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At the quarter pole Portland takes the lead

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The general rule of thumb is 20 games into the season you can start to really trust the stats and the trends — in which case it’s good to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan. They move into the top slot with their recent wins over Indiana and OKC. 1. Trail Blazers (17-4, Last Week…

  4. Paul Pierce practiced Monday, could return vs. Celtics Tuesday

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    Tuesday night the Nets could get Paul Pierce and Deron Williams back on the court. Which would be a nice first step toward turning Brooklyn’s tire fire of a season around. Both Pierce and Williams went through practice on Monday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. We knew Williams was close to returning, however Pierce…

  5. Deron Williams ‘on track’ to return for Nets’ next game

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have had their season derailed by injuries thus far, and while having a first-year head coach in Jason Kidd probably isn’t helping given the situation, the fact is that without the team’s full complement of players, it’s impossible to know just how much fault can be placed there. But the clock will be…

  6. 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…

  7. Brook Lopez says this Nets season “more bizarre” than 12-win campaign

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Brook Lopez’s second season in the NBA the Nets went an ugly 12-70 (with him as their best player). This wasn’t a team trying to tank for the draft — the Nets got the third pick thanks to the lottery and chose Derrick Favors, who was moved in the Deron Williams deal — this was…

  8. Thursday night NBA Grades: Mike Woodson is allowed to exhale

    Dec 6, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Our nightly grades from around the NBA, or what you missed while singing Doe, a deer, a female deer… Ray, a drop of golden sun… Mike Woodson, coach New York Knicks. For a night, the Knicks looked pretty good and so Woodson can sleep without the Sword of Damocles hanging over his head. The core…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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

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    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…

  12. Another blow to Nets: Paul Pierce out 2-4 weeks with broken hand

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Basketball Gods are treating the Brooklyn Nets like Odysseus. The already injury plagued 5-12 Brooklyn Nets will be without Paul Pierce for 2-4 weeks due to a broken third metacarpal bone in his right hand the team announced Monday. That is the bone that basically connects your middle finger to your wrist. The injury…

  13. 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…

  14. Jason Kidd admits he “probably” shouldn’t have spilled drink but was “trying to win”

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    If you have a really clever idea to get your team a timeout at the end of a game — say for example having your player run into you so you spill your drink on the court — save it for a late season or playoff game when it matters, don’t waste it in November.…

  15. PBT Roundtable: Who’s third best in the East?

    Nov 28, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question:  The Heat and the Pacers have been the clear class of the Eastern Conference so far, but who is the third best team there right now? Who will be at the end of the…

  16. Wednesday And-1 Links: Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from Raptors locker room

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than you love Thanksgiving leftovers…. • Rudy Gay — who is shooting 37.5…

  17. The Extra Pass: Gumbo and The Brow, and Tuesday night’s recap

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    The New Orleans Pelicans roster was assembled with all the care of an inebriated person making gumbo. Three ball-dominant guards in addition to the ball-dominant guard we just drafted? Sure, that will work. A stretch 4 and a stretch 5? Toss ‘em in. The individual pieces in New Orleans are talented, to be certain, but…

  18. Kevin Garnett on Nets: “I think everybody here is embarrassed”

    Nov 25, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    Frustration bubbling to the surface in the Nets locker room is understandable — after five straight losses and falling to 3-10 on the season Sunday with a loss to the Pistons I’d be more worried if they weren’t a little angry. Brooklyn has one of the worst defenses in the NBA so far this season…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  22. Deron Williams tweaks ankle again, leaves game

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Wednesday night Deron Williams was back on the court for the Nets, recovered from the ankle injury that had sidelined him… Well, at least he was for two quarters. In the second quarter he tweaked his ankle again when he stepped on Kebma Walker’s foot. Williams shot his two free throws off the foul on…

  23. 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…

  24. The Extra Pass: Gay, Wallace and D-Will on notice, plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    It’s early. Early, early, early. I don’t want to condemn anyone based on ten games, but it’s time to wonder what’s going on with Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams. Rudy Gay – He’s been chucking, but his chucking has now reached historic levels. Through 11 games, Gay has shot under 40 percent from…

  25. 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…

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