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  1. Joe Johnson hits the game-winner to give Nets huge win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 11:11 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Joe Johnson was just 4-of-11 from the field for nine points on Thursday, but he hit three of his four shots in the final 12 minutes, including the game-winner that helped the Nets escape Oklahoma City with a huge 95-93 victory. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 16 points in this one, and by 10…

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

    Jan 2, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

    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…

  3. Kevin Garnett admits his rhythm off in Nets system

    Jan 2, 2014, 12:19 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets

    Putting players in a position to do what they do well and succeed is one of the biggest jobs as a coach. Look at the best — Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson — and you find systems designed to get guys to do what they do well and not play to their weaknesses. Conversely, there is…

  4. NBA says there’s been no increase in rate of ‘significant’ injuries this season

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Unless you’re a hardcore fan of one of a small group of five NBA teams, the injuries sustained this season to many of the league’s star players have made this a dismal campaign thus far. The Thunder are one of the five, but we’ve seen them have to deal with missed time from Russell Westbrook,…

  5. Arron Afflalo says he’d appreciate All-Star consideration from Eastern Conference coaches

    Dec 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    The Magic are in a rebuilding mode, and as their 9-20 record will tell you, that means that wins have been hard to come by this season. But a bright spot has been the play of Arron Afflalo, who has been consistently putting up big numbers — he’s posted his career high of 43 points…

  6. Report: If Nets don’t turn around, Kidd likely gone by All-Star Game

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets first mistake was hiring a coach with no experience — a guy who was going to need a learning curve — and putting him in charge of a veteran team with a one-year (two at best) title window. There was no margin for error. Yet everything has gone wrong. It started with injuries…

  7. Report: Kidd frustrated, calls out Nets; Garnett backs him

    Dec 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    Shocking news, the Brooklyn Nets have a dysfunctional locker room. I’m not going to spend a lot of time kicking this dead horse, we’ve done that plenty in these parts, but we have to pass along this report. After the Bulls thumped the Nets on Christmas Day in front of a national television audience, Jason…

  8. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  9. Deron Williams: Brooklyn Nets’ season ‘a nightmare’

    Dec 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    When he traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge explained how he got enough assets to make the deal worthwhile to Boston. Ainge, via Mike Petraglia of WEEI: “Brooklyn showed a great deal of interest in putting the ‘Dream Team’ together, with expense…

  10. The Extra Pass: LeBron and Kobe miss each other once again, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES – The reason behind the NBA scheduling a Christmas Day marquee matchup between the Heat and the Lakers had nothing to do with the current fate of the respective franchises, and everything to do with potentially getting to see two of the game’s biggest stars competing in a rare head-to-head matchup. A Finals…

  11. Christmas night NBA grades: Durant is on the nice list, the Nets get a lump of coal

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:26 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to get that “Christmas Jammies” song out of your head….  Brooklyn Nets not named Deron Williams. If you want to blame everyone in a Brooklyn uniform (ugly, Christmas Day sleeved uniform) for that disaster of a loss, I can’t blame you. They were…

  12. Jason Kidd, Brooklyn Nets come up empty against Chicago Bulls

    Dec 25, 2013, 3:33 PM EST

    Reggie Evans

    The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls woke up early, left on their sleeved Christmas pajamas and opened the NBA’s Christmas Day slate. Jason Kidd probably wishes he never got out of bed. A game after blasting his team for “kind of getting comfortable with losing,” Kidd oversaw Brooklyn’s 95-78 loss to Chicago on Wednesday, an…

  13. Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets is NBA’s worst Christmas Day matchup since…

    Dec 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    The NBA has built a Christmas Day empire by featuring the league’s top teams and players on Dec. 25. It’s become an honor to play this day, and those in the league recognize the accomplishment of getting on the schedule. Fans see it too, annually expecting to see the NBA at its regular-season best. That’s…

  14. Jason Kidd says Nets “getting very close to just accepting losing”

    Dec 24, 2013, 11:27 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v. Philadelphia 76ers

    First it was Mike D’Antoni lashing out at Lakers fans, then Sacramento’s Mike Malone smacking his team around, now Jason Kidd doing the same with the Nets. Apparently NBA coaches took the Festivus “Airing of Grievances” part very seriously. Kidd was frustrated after his team played a close first half then just got blown out…

  15. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  16. Report: Nets asked about Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, but Rockets wanted Deron Williams. Talks died.

    Dec 23, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    In the NBA there are more trades discussed than there are in your fantasy league. Just very few ever get off the ground in any real way. Take for example a conversation between the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets that took place before Brook Lopez went down for the season, according to an ESPNNewYork.com report…

  17. Michael Carter-Williams returns to Sixers lineup Friday against Nets

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Philadelphia 76ers

    This could be fun: Deron Williams vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Looks like we will get to see it because Michael Carter-Williams is set to return to the Sixers lineup Friday night after missing seven straight games with a knee infection. Officially he is a game time decision — because teams like to keep their options open…

  18. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  19. PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Stability at the top, trades could shake up bottom

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    There is no movement at the top of the standings as the top five teams went 15-1 last week (and that one loss was to another top 5 team). However, get past that five and you get into teams like the Rockets, Suns and others where trades could really change rankings as we move toward…

  20. Chris Paul puts up historic stat line in win over Wizards

    Dec 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was outplayed by Deron Williams in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday, and being one of the game’s more fiery competitors, you knew he wasn’t going to let that happen again when facing John Wall and the Wizards in his team’s very next game. The Clippers jumped on the Wizards early,…

  21. Trade rumor update: Nets may be Kyle Lowry frontrunners

    Dec 13, 2013, 4:58 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Charlotte Bobcats

    When last we left off with “Days of our Kyle Lowry,” the Raptors were shopping their favorite point guard around hard and had talked with New York. Then Knicks owner James Dolan pulled the plug on it because… well, he’s James Dolan. Now the Nets may be the frontrunners but the Knicks want back in…

  22. Nets notes: Kidd takes some credit, Lopez downplays injury, and Pierce off the bench

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:12 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – A few leftover items from Thursday night’s big win for the Nets, the team’s third straight. When Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant coach Lawrence Frank a little more than a week ago, it was viewed in one of two ways. Either it was a desperate attempt to shift the blame for…

  23. The Extra Pass: Deron Williams is the difference for Nets; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    By Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – It was only a week ago that the Nets were a sinking ship on the verge of capsizing completely, following consecutive losses at home where the team didn’t even seem capable of competing much less staying close enough to win for anywhere near the requisite 48 minutes. Jason Kidd may…

  24. Thursday night NBA grades: Any more questions for LaMarcus Aldridge? Didn’t think so.

    Dec 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the association on a busy Thursday night, or what you missed while worrying about what could happen to Santa’s home due to global warming… LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. I’ve been saying he is the best power forward in the game all season (yes, better than Kevin Love) and he showed…

  25. Deron Williams crosses up Chris Paul. Twice. (VIDEO)

    Dec 13, 2013, 12:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Brooklyn Nets

    There was a time when “Deron Williams or Chris Paul?” was a legitimate question worth debating. Not for the past few years however — D-Will has hobbled around with injuries while CP3 has assumed the title of best point guard in the game (with reason). But for a night, the debate could be on again.…

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