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Nets Acquire Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired guard Jarrett Jack and guard/forward Sergey Karasev from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade which also included the Boston Celtics, General Manager Billy King announced today.  In exchange, Brooklyn will send guard Marcus Thornton to Boston, as well as the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic to Cleveland.  Additionally, the Celtics will receive center/forward Tyler Zeller and a first round draft pick from the Cavaliers, while sending a conditional second round pick to Cleveland.

“Jarrett is a proven NBA veteran who will add versatility to our backcourt,” said King. “The team had a need in that area and we are excited that we were able to secure Jarrett to fill that role. Sergey is a player who we have followed closely for several years. He is a versatile forward and will be a welcome addition to our roster.”

Jack, a nine-year NBA veteran, played 80 games (31 starts) last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game.  The 6’3″ guard has played in 691 career games for Portland, Indiana, Toronto, New Orleans, Golden State and Cleveland with career averages of  10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Originally drafted by Denver with the 22nd pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Jack began his career in Portland, where he played his first three NBA seasons.  The Georgia Tech product had his best statistical season in 2011-12 with New Orleans when he averaged career-highs of 15.6 points 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.  Jack has twice helped his team reach the postseason, playing in 18 total playoff games.  As a member of the Golden State Warriors, Jack played in 12 postseason contests in 2012-13, making four starts.  En route to helping the Warriors reach the Western Conference Semifinals, Jack posted averages of 17.2 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Karasev was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  The 6’7″ swingman out of Russia played in 22 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 1.7 points in 7.1 minutes per game.  Karasev also appeared in 18 games for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League last season, where he posted averages of 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  A member of the Russian national team, Karasev won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan.  Prior to joining the NBA, Karasev played three seasons internationally with BC Triumph in Russia.

Thornton was acquired by the Nets from Sacramento on February 19, 2014.  In 26 games for Brooklyn, the 6’4″ guard averaged 12.3 points, shooting .414 from the field.  In 10 playoff games with the Nets, Thornton posted averages of 5.9 points in 12.4 minutes per game.

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Breaking: Nets Reach Deal with Lionel Hollins

The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to serve as the team’s new head coach, General Manager Billy King announced.  Hollins will become the 19th head coach in the franchise’s NBA history.

“We are very excited to welcome Lionel as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets,” said King. “He is a proven winner who will provide the franchise with stability and leadership going forward.”

“I want to thank the Nets ownership and Billy for this opportunity,” said Hollins. “It has been a long process to get back into the league, and I believe that Billy and I will have a very successful working relationship. Brooklyn has firmly established itself as a franchise that is committed to winning, and I eagerly look forward to becoming part of that culture and building on the success of the past two playoff appearances.”

A veteran of over 20 years of NBA coaching experience, Hollins most recently served as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012-13, where he guided the team to a franchise record 56 wins and reached the Western Conference Finals.  Hollins took the helm in Memphis midway through the 2008-09 season and led the Grizzlies to consecutive postseason appearances in his final three campaigns as coach.  In his four-plus season stint as head coach, Hollins compiled a record of 196-155 (.558).

The Las Vegas native was an original member of the Vancouver franchise as an assistant coach, and was a staple on the sidelines for 10 of the club’s first 12 seasons (1995‐00, 2002‐07).  Hollins twice served as the Grizzlies’ interim head coach, when he guided Vancouver to an 18‐42 finish (.300) in 1999‐00, and again took over for four games in 2004‐05, following the resignation of Hubie Brown.  Overall, Hollins owns a career NBA coaching record of 214‐201 (.516).  Prior to joining the Grizzlies, the Arizona State graduate spent seven years with the Phoenix Suns (1988‐95) as an assistant coach under Cotton Fitzsimmons and later Paul Westphal.  He began his coaching career as an assistant at Arizona State in 1985 and served for part of the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Selected sixth overall in the first round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, the Arizona State product earned a spot on the 1976 All‐Rookie First Team and won an NBA Championship as a starter for the Trail Blazers in 1977.  A year later, he was an NBA All‐Star while also being named to the NBA’s All‐Defensive First Team.  Over 10 NBA seasons, Hollins averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 assists and 1.56 steals in 673 career games with the Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets.

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Nets Acquire Draft Rights to Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired the draft rights to guard Markel Brown (#44 pick) from the Minnesota Timberwolves, guard Xavier Thames (#59 pick) from the Toronto Raptors and forward Cory Jefferson (#60 pick) from the Philadelphia 76ers in separate draft night trades, each in exchange for cash considerations, General Manager Billy King announced.

Brown (6’3”, 184) played in 134 games in four years at Oklahoma State, averaging 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.00 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Brown averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game during his senior season, earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. During his junior season, Brown averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34.1 minutes per game. He was named Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2010 after a standout career at Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Thames (6’3”, 187) was named the Mountain West Player of the Year, All-Mountain West First Team and Mountain West All-Defensive Team after averaging 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.60 steals in 31.3 minutes per game during his senior season at San Diego State. Thames also earned Mountain West All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2012 during his sophomore season. He played his freshman season at Washington State before transferring to San Diego State for his final three seasons of eligibility.

Jefferson (6’9”, 218) played in 130 games in four years at Baylor, averaging 8.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.30 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game. Jefferson garnered All-Big 12 Third Team honors after averaging 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.30 steals and 1.30 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game during his senior season. During his junior season, Jefferson was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after averaging 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.90 blocks in 27.9 minutes per game.

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The Daily Report: Nets 107, Bucks 98

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‘”Well, that was close.” – Maverick

In Thornton We Trust

It helps that he scored nearly half his points during the final 12 minutes of play. But either way, 25 points later, Marcus Thornton had arrived.

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Circus: Complete

With seven consecutive road games now out of the way, the Nets return home with a successful 4-3 record behind them. The above-average trip gives Brooklyn a 12-18 record outside of Barclays. They averaged 96 PPG during that seven game span, allowing opponents to score an average of 99 PPG. I also attempted to find out how many miles were traveled during that stint, but my computer exploded.

You Won’t Believe Me, But He Passed This Up…

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Black Magic (Not Quite a) Woman

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Like Osmosis…

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IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW

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Box Score 

Next: Monday against Chicago

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The Daily Report: Nets 112, Nuggets 89

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“It felt like a pickup game.” – Joe Johnson

History

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The Nuggets didn’t reach double-digits until 2:13 into the second quarter. It also took two offensive rebounds just to score that lowly layup. Times are tough in Denver.

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The Return of Reserves

Through three quarters of play, the Nets bench outscored all Denver reserves 40-4. Read that sentence again.

Defense…?

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Box Score

Next: Saturday @ Milwaukee

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The Fight Card: Brooklyn at Denver

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Brooklyn Nets (26-29, 10-18 on the road)

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Denver Nuggets (25-31, 14-14 at home)

Tip-Off: 10:30 ET

TV: TNT

Line: DEN -1

 

Offensive Rating: Brooklyn – 102.6 (17th), Denver – 102.9 (16th)

Defensive Rating: Brooklyn – 105.1 (21st), Denver – 104.7 (19th)

PACE (POSS Per 48 MIN): Brooklyn – 93.9 (26th), Denver – 99.5 (4th)

 

3 Things of Note

Oddly Enough…

Denver is currently scoring 102.9 points per 100 possessions, yet is ranked fourth in the league when it comes to possessions per 48 minutes (99.5.) It’s probably just a testament to their style of play, but it’s also noticeably worrisome (for the Nuggets, that is) that the lineup of Aaron Brooks-Fournier-Vesely-Chandler-Mozgov is a thing that exists.

Hickson Alert

J.J. Hickson is coming off of a 25-rebound performance in which he also scored 16 points. If you care to do so, you can see all the carnage here. But this helps brings up my next point: Collins, early and often?

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Seriously, you just lost by 40. Everything that could have gone wrong did and now you’re forced to trot out an answer of some sort into the altitude. What happens next?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep-xgd_eETE

 

 

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The Daily Report: Nets 80, Blazers 124

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“Those of you lucky enough to have your lives, take them with you. However, leave the limbs you’ve lost. They belong to me now.” – The Bride, probably speaking as a representative of Portland

The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly

First, the bad. Nets starters combined for 35 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five turnovers. Kevin Love basically mocked that effort only a night prior, finishing with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. By himself. And, if you’d like to continue adding injury to insult, the Blazers starting-five finished with 56 points, 25 rebounds, 15 assists and six turnovers.

But that’s simply the bad. The worst is clearly worse as the Portland bench totaled 68 points on the evening. This, of course, was matched by the 45-point “effort” from the Brooklyn bench. Oh, and did I mention the Blazers fell only three points shy of matching Brooklyn’s bench total in the fourth quarter alone? Fun times.

Bevy of Botches

Since the Lopez injury, Brooklyn has defended with gambles and chances as opposed to using a tightly woven system. For instance, with no true big man at their dispense, the Nets have chosen to overplay the opposing pick-and-roll, banking on either an ill-timed pass, an open shooter stranded in a low percentage location or, simply put, a bad shot.

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Of course, even if they play it right (which they did), it fails to matter if someone like Lillard seizes the opportunity to fire it from beyond the set pick. Needless to say, this happened a lot. Not to take away from the many (and I mean many) times they didn’t play it correctly.

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Andray Bleh

Three points, 16 FG% and benched at the half. Any questions?

The Continuing Resurgence of Deron

Below is only one instance, but know his off-ball play has continued to be tremendous.

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

The Nets +/- totals…

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IS THIS GOOD?

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to our newest game show: IS…THIS…GOOD!!?? For those that don’t know the rules, we simply present an image or video without commentary and ask one question: IS THIS GOOD? We have two entries this evening, so let’s get to it!

First up, we have a photo that occurred late in the third quarter.

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And finally, a video displaying Marquis Teague’s decision-making process.

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Thanks for tuning in! Be here next time when we ask…IS…THIS…GOOD!!??

Box Score 

Next: Thursday @ Denver

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The Fight Card: Brooklyn at Portland

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Brooklyn Nets (26-28, 16-11 at home)

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Portland Trailblazers (39-18, 21-7 at home)

 

 

TV: YES Network

Tip-off: 10:00 ET

Line: PORT -2.5

 

Offensive Rating: Brooklyn – 103 (16th), Portland – 104.6 (3rd)

Defensive Rating: Brooklyn – 108.6 (18th), Portland – 105.3 (21st)

 

3 Things of Note

The Pending Debut of Thornton

If you ever see this, turn and run.

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Of course, that “succulent” plate of lobster mac n’ cheese fails to answer the questions pertaining to Thornton’s possible minutes. If/When he plays, who does he inevitably steal time from? After all, it’s not like Terry was logging consistent court minutes.

Also, it’s probably best to start mentally preparing for a Blatche-Thornton-Anderson three-man lineup. No pick-and-rolls. No slashing to the paint. Just Lil’ Jon and his obvious foretelling.

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Collins – Scene II

With the return of KG on slate for tonight, I’m assuming Plumlee is sent back to the bench in favor of Collins. Either way, it’s not too hard of a matchup near the rim. As great of a defender Robin Lopez has become, he still rivals Erick Dampier’s offensive game as opposed to his own brother’s (and no, not Contract Year Dampier.)

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Since the break, Williams has averaged 23 PPG, 6.7 AST, 2.7 STL, 48 FG%, 122 OffRtg and 52.1 eFG%. Portland is the third-worst team in the league against the point guard…/drops mic.

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The Daily Report: Nets 108, Lakers 102

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Sure, a comeback would’ve been tough, but with just over a minute remaining anything was possible. Until, of course, a likely hero answered the call yet again.

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The best part? Let’s say you’re faced with the hypothetical of setting up the last shot (no, you don’t have to grow a beard, unbutton your shirt and carry around a water bottle.)  Isn’t a drive-and-kick to the highest percentage shot location on the floor – to a shooter whose CLUTCH numbers don’t ever seem to die, mind you – the most obvious answer? Of course it is. But that didn’t seem to matter. And while we’re here, let’s not forget about the play that started this whole thing.

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Quite frankly, it was two months, 13 minutes and 32 seconds too late, but dammit, Collins had finally arrived. He checked in, immediately started screening for mismatches (Farmar nods) and made incredible defensive strides in only 11 minutes of play (sure, he was defending Kaman, but don’t worry about that part.) Five fouls and two rebounds later, he exited to worthy applaud. And the thing is, that’s why he was brought in.

With both his stature and role, the high foul totals are likely to continue. Fortunately, he’s a proven big against proven bigs and those guys are hard to come by in the East. My only worry is a seamless transition. It’s clear he can fit, but how will his minutes unfold with a healthy Garnett in play? I mean, he could slip into Evans’s former spot in the rotation, I’m just not sure what that is. A nine-rebound night every other week?

Math

Pierce: 25 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 52 FG%

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Kirilenko: 10 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 50 FG%

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29th Defense Against Forwards: Lakers   

Small-Samples Rejoice

As you already know, Williams has been either injured or a punchline (or, in some cases, both) for a majority of the 2013-14 season. Once he finally shook off his recently hampered ankles, he made the decision to come off the bench rather than take the place of either Anderson or Livingston in the starting lineup. As the season continued, he slowly found his niche and entered the All-Star break on fire. Now, only two games into the second half of the season, Williams appears good as new.

Take for instance his shot selection. Going 8-12 within five feet of the basket since the break, Williams has changed his approach completely. He drives much more often rather than hoisting it from afar. Even when coming off screens, he has chosen to dribble towards the paint at a higher rate. There’s a lot of basketball left to play, but so far so good for the $100M star.

Blatche Assist I HAVE PROOF

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Box Score

NEXT: Tuesday @ Portland

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Life After Lopez

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news. During the second half Friday night, Brook Lopez played through what would later be diagnosed as a broken foot, essentially ending his season. And, even more so, for the team that things couldn’t possibly get any worse…well, they just got a hell of a lot worse.

Take his defensive impact, for instance. Lopez’ offensive-wizardry is a given. He shoots well-above 50% from anywhere within 19 ft. of the basket, which is something no other big in the league can say. But the problem lies in their defense, where the Nets are currently allowing seven more points per 100 possessions when Lopez rests (per NBA.com Stats.) Furthermore, he remains a catalyst in the paint, allowing opponents to shoot only 40% around the rim (tops among defenders who have faced at least eight shots per game at the rim, per SportVU Player Tracking.)

So now, the question remains: Where does Brooklyn go from here? The answer, unfortunately, isn’t that simple. In fact, it’s perplexing.

Outside of the upcoming mix-and-match Nets fans can look forward to, what the future holds is unknown. For example, the five-man-lineup of Anderson-Blatche-Johnson-Garnett-Williams, as well as Blatche-Garnett-Johnson-Pierce-Williams, will probably be used as staples going forward. Those lineups, however, have currently logged a combined four minutes per game. Sure, Blatche has flourished in his limited time as the center in a small-ball lineup, but nothing is guaranteed in an extended role. Plus, Kirilenko will be sliding back in soon, leaving more mysteries around the defensive end of the court.

The rebounding numbers are also an issue, seeing as Lopez is clearly a standout in that category. Brooklyn’s rebounding percentage drops just over 3% when he’s not on the court, the second-largest drop-off as it pertains to their on/off rebounding numbers (Evans, obviously, is first.)

If anything, send your angst towards the would-be offense. The moment Williams returned from that nagging ankle injury, the spacing opened up, finally displaying a light at the end of the tunnel. Everything made sense. It all worked. In fact, the Nets scored nearly 20 more points per game in the six games after Williams’ return as opposed to the nine prior (which really goes without saying.)

Of course, Lopez then came down on his foot awkwardly, leaving an infinite amount of time to jigger more 2013 B.S. (Before Spacing) moments.

Sadly, this happens more often than you think.

Sadly, this happens more often than you think.

So, until the uninvited Asik-for-Pierce deal (which may or may not include Terry and/or Teletovic), this is the team Brooklyn is stuck with. Or, quite possibly, what you see is what you get considering Brooklyn can’t draft a player until 2019. (Read that last sentence again.)

For now, get used to it. This, after all, is your 2013-14 Nets.