Game Preview: Game 1 Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets

20 Apr

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Finally after a long, long journey, the Playoffs are here. The Nets had some bad years, at times it looked like it would never get  better (i’m looking at you  12-70 season..)  but the journey is finally over.  The Nets are a playoff team once more. Their first year in Brooklyn and theirs going to be a blackout in the Blackhouse. After a long season of ups and downs the wait is over.  The Nets finished off  the season strong and finally got a little respect from the media.  Deron is back to his old self and the team is healthy, lets see if they can make some noise. Lets see if they can make some history. Playoffs are where heroes are born, where legends are formed. Lets go Nets, lets make a run that the NBA will never forget.

Who? Chicago Bulls (45-37) vs. Brooklyn Nets (49-33)

When? 8:00 PM Eastern

Where? Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Where do I watch? YES Network/ESPN

Health will be a key component in this Series. With the Bulls already  missing Rose (very doubtful he will appear at all in the playoffs) they cannot afford to miss anybody else. Yet it now looks like Noah will miss game 1 and  is day to day for the entire series because of his foot injuries. This of course bodes well for the Nets who need any edge they can get. A series where both teams are very evenly matched and most pundits are saying it can go 6 or 7 games, a player missing just one game could make all the difference.  With that being said, Game 1 is now a must win for the Nets, they cannot afford to waste any advantages they are given.

Without Noah the Bulls defense will now be spread very thin trying to stop Deron, Joe, and Lopez, all 3 of which could score 30 pts on any given night. (and quite possible on the same night) I have to think the Nets will win game 1, with a final score of 90-85.

Game Preview: Game 82 Detroit Pistons @ Brooklyn Nets

17 Apr


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The Playoffs are here! Oh wait not just yet, one more warm up game!  The Nets have a chance to tie for the second most wins in franchise history and a chance at sweeping the season series against the Pistons, for the first time   ever!! Exciting Stakes!!  More importantly though, they have one final game to get ready for thier first playoffs in what feels like forever!  (yes, I am very excited! can’t you tell?!!!)

Who? Brooklyn Nets (48-33) vs. Detroit Pistons (29-52)

When? 8:00 PM Eastern

Where? Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Where do I watch? YES Network/NBA League Pass

The Nets will play their starters tonight, but they will not play big minutes, just a final tune up before the fun begins on Saturday. Obviously the most important thing for tonight is for the players to get some minutes and not get hurt. I repeat don’t get hurt!!!!!!!

Prediction: This game will mean more for the Pistons than the Nets. The Nets will lead most of the way but unless the reserves play like they did Monday night, the Pistons will win in the end  95-90. (unless of coure the Pistons are tanking for draft position…)

Nets reserves chip away and come away with the win

16 Apr

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After a rough first quarter in which the Nets were outscored 34 to 21, the reserve Nets started to chip away at the Wizards lead  and just kept on chipping until finally going ahead in the 4th.  They finished by pulling out an impressive  106 to 101 win.  They looked a little sloppy at times but that was to be expected since most of them haven’t had much playing time together.

The Good

Tornike Shengelia. the Toko Loko was in full effect. He grabbed 11 rebounds and had 11 pts in 25 minutes of play. He was all over the place, reminded me a lot of a vintage Gerald Wallace. Considering how young he is, I firmly believe that with a little time and experience he will develop into a very good NBA player.

Tyshawn Taylor looked like he was back in Kansas running the show, he had 14 pts, 3 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes of play,  another rookie showing tons or promise.

The Bad

Everybody played well and its hard to say anything was “bad” about a meaningless game but I have to give this award to  Coach PJC.  I know its only 1 game buts its hard to think that these players couldn’t have helped the Nets during the season, if only PJC had given them more playing time. The energy alone that they brought would have been very useful during the season.

The Rest

With 4th place locked up and the starters resting, this was supposed to be nothing but a meaningless game.  Yet the reserves, played like it was their playoffs, they finally got some playing time and showed plenty of promise. It was a very entertaining game and I look forward to seeing the reserves play again in their  final game of the season.

Game Preview: Game 81: Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets

15 Apr

The Nets are now locked in the fourth seed, after yesterday afternoon’s loss in Toronto. Brooklyn wasn’t able to overcome a big deficit, despite being down only 4 with under a minute left. It is not yet known whether the Nets will rest their starters for the last two games before the playoffs. Regardless, expect to see a lot of Tyshawn Taylor, Mirza Teletovic and Toko Shengelia (TOKO!!).

 

Who? Brooklyn Nets (47-33) vs. Washington Wizards (29-51)

When? 7:30 PM Eastern

 

Where? Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York

 

Where do I watch? YES Network/NBA League Pass

 

Washington has been one of the worst teams in the NBA all season. They had a pretty decent stretch when John Wall came back, but since have gone back to being awful. Washington is without Nene, Bradley Beal and potentially Trevor Ariza, three of their starters. It shouldn’t be close, whether or not Brooklyn rests their starters.

 

Last time these two teams met, Deron Williams made history with an incredible shooting performance. Williams made nine first half three pointers, and 11 total for the game. While those numbers are magical and are unlikely to happen again, Washington shouldn’t be a problem for the playoff-bound Nets.

 

Prediction:
Regardless of whether they rest the starters, Brooklyn will have no issue tonight. Brooklyn wins, 96-81.

Game Preview: Game 79: Brooklyn Nets @ Indiana Pacers

12 Apr

 

Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn NetsThe Nets are in Indiana tonight to take on the three seed in the Eastern Conference, Indiana Pacers. After a fantastic blowout win in Boston, the Nets are going into Indiana for another very tough road game. Indiana, one of the top teams in the East, has consistently been good all year, led by All-Star Paul George.

Who? Brooklyn Nets (46-32) vs. Indiana Pacers (49-29)

When? 7:00 PM Eastern

Where? Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Indiana

Where do I watch? YES Network/NBA League Pass

The Nets only chance to move up in the standings before the end of the season is to pass Indiana for the number 3 seed. To do so, the Nets need to win tonight, and the rest of the games this season. The Pacers also must go 1-3 the rest of the way for Brooklyn to move up. If the Nets were to move up, they would face the New York Knicks in the first round.

In other news, Gerald Wallace is again out with a leg contusion and Keith Bogans is a game-time decision. Also, this morning, the Nets extended Kris Joseph’s contract through the end of the year, as well as next year. This makes Joseph playoff eligible.

Prediction:
Tough game for Brooklyn tonight, but they will rise up to the occasion in a must-win game if they want the 3 seed. Brooklyn wins, 103-91.

Nets Hold off the Celtics get a win in Beantown.

11 Apr

nets vs celticsAfter a tightly played first half  the Nets went on a small run to end the second quarter and went into the break with a 10 pt lead. The  famed Nets backcourt led the way, Deron had 15 and Joe had 12.   The Nets were able to withstand their Kryptonite otherwise known as the 3rd quarter and  went into the 4th with that same 10 Pt lead.  The Celtics made a run in the 4th but the Nets played an excellent game and never relinquished the lead, finishing with  a 101-93 win

The Good

In what hopefully is a harbinger of things to come, the Nets big 3 finally all had a great night at the same time.  Deron Williams had his fingerprints all over this game as a great point guard should. He scored   29 pts and  had 12  assists and took over the game every time the Nets looked like they were about to fall apart.  Joe Johnson looks like he’s finally healthy again, scoring from all over the court,  he finished with 20 pts on 8-15 shooting. Brook Lopez  did what he always does and scored whenever they gave him the ball as he finished with 21 pts.  He also by the way played some pretty good defense.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr. Stackhouse. He played a very good game filling in for an injured Wallace, finishing  with 7 pts, 4 rebs and 3 assists.

The Bad

Crash was finally putting together a decent little game with 2 pts, 2 rebs and 2 assists in only 15 minutes of play, when he got hurt in the 2nd  quarter. Hopefully its not too serious as the Nets will need his energy and defense come playoff time.

The Rest

The Nets played a great game against a hurt but still good Celtics team. They have not had many good wins against play-off caliber teams so this was a very good sign, especially with the playoffs right around the corner.

Game Preview: Game 78: Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics

11 Apr

The Nets are in Boston tonight, to take on the division rival Celtics. Boston has been very good since losing Point Guard Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL. Boston, currently the 7th seed in the playoffs, would play New York in the first round. After a great win last night against Philly, the Nets hope for another good win here tonight.

 

Who? Brooklyn Nets (45-32) vs. Boston Celtics (40-37)

 

When? 8:00 PM Eastern

Where? TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts

 

Where do I watch? YES Network/ESPN

 

Brooklyn is going for their first series win since the 2005-2006 season against Boston. The Nets defeated the Celtics twice this year and lost to Boston on Christmas day, which then led to Avery Johnson’s firing.

 

Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace are playing tonight, however, Keith Bogans is yet again out with a back injury. Let’s hope the Nets are completely healthy for the playoffs.

Prediction:
Brooklyn pulls out this one in a very close and hard battle with Boston, 104-101

 

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