The Nets lost to the Knicks while the Raptors, Celtics and Sixers all had the night off last night.
The Nets are now 2.5 games back of the division leading Celtics.
To read more about the Nets beatdown by the Knicks check out the beat reports on ESPN NY, NY Post, NY Daily News. and Newsday.
The Nets will be back in action Saturday night when they travel to play the Milwaukee Bucks. The game will be televised on YES at 8:30 PM
The Nets (5-14) lost to the New York Knicks (4-13) tonight by a score of 113-83.
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The Nets trailed by only seven at halftime, but the Knicks outscored Brooklyn, 34-16, in the dreaded third quarter to cruise to an easy win.
The Knicks were red hot all game from three-point range, finishing 16-of-27 (59 percent) from beyond the arch.
Carmelo Anthony, who averaged 35.0 points per game against the Nets last year, recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Iman Shumpert who torched the Nets from long range. Shumpert drained a game-high and career-high five three-pointers en route to 17 points.
Brook Lopez had a big game for the Nets, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.
It seemed like the Knicks couldn’t miss all night, as they shot a collective 44-of-77 from the field (57 percent).
Jim Mancari, Contributor
If the Knicks were playing to keep Mike Woodson’s job safe, they definitely responded with their best game of the year.
But this was downright ugly for the Nets, and Brooklyn – not the Knicks as Anthony said on Wednesday – is now officially the “laughingstock of the league.”
It was supposed to be Melo, not the defensive specialist Shumpert, who would give the Nets trouble. But Shumpert, whose name has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, really stepped up on the big stage.
You would think that the Nets would get amped up for this sort of rivalry game, especially against a team struggling as bad as the Knicks. But that was far from the case.
Of course the Knicks shot lights out from behind the three-point line…they were all wide-open shots. Brooklyn failed to make an adjustment all game and instead just sat back and let the Knicks drain three after three.
The Nets dominated the offensive glass, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds, so it was embarrassing that they couldn’t get anything going offensively with all those second-chance opportunities. Everyone was just standings around.
And another thing: Why on earth was Lopez even on the floor for as long as he was in the fourth quarter? It was all garbage time; he’s coming off injury; and this team has already been decimated enough by injuries. Not a smart decision by Jason Kidd, but then again, there haven’t been many of those this season (see Soda-Gate).
What’s even worse is how Barclays Center turned into a pseudo-Madison Square Garden. This is still a Knicks’ town, but hearing “Let’s Go Knicks” chants – and other derogatory Nets chants – in the arena was depressing.
The Knicks snapped their nine-game losing streak by taking the first of four matchups in this year’s “Battle of the Boroughs,” while the Nets have now lost six straight games at home. The loss marked the second time this season that the Nets have lost by 30 points and the first time in franchise history that the Nets lost consecutive home games by 20-plus points each.
We’ve tried to be patient all season, but if there was ever a time to start panicking, this could be it.
Brooklyn hits the road Saturday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks – the only team worse than the Nets and Knicks in the Eastern Conference. Tip is set for 8:30 PM.
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The Good: Tyson Chandler, who is still out with a broken leg, posted an average of 14 points and 10 rebounds per game against the Nets last season…The Knicks have lost nine straight and are 2-6 on the road…Alan Anderson’s career high in points (35) came against the Knicks last March 23rd.
The Bad: The Nets have been outscored in the first quarter in six of their last eight contests…The Nets were -19 on the glass against Denver, including allowing the Nuggets to grab 17 offensive boards…Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko are all inactive.
Jim Mancari, Contributor
Tonight, the Nets host the crosstown rival New York Knicks in a game that, at the beginning of the season, was circled on everyone’s calendars.
Now, this game will determine which ice-cold team will sink even further in the Atlantic Division standings.
The Nets (5-13) certainly have their own problems having lost five straight home games, but the Knicks (3-13) come into tonight’s contest having lost nine in a row. The Nets and Knicks are currently in 13th and 14th place respectively in the Eastern Conference, with the Milwaukee Bucks as the only team with a worse record.
Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony called the Knicks the “laughingstock of the league right now,” while Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd said that “both teams stink.” This isn’t exactly what TNT had in mind when making this a nationally televised game.
Paul Pierce is out and Deron Williams is doubtful for the Nets, while Tyson Chandler is out but J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin will play for the Knicks.
The Nets split the season series last year with the Knicks, with each team winning a home game and a road game.
The Knicks are of course led by Anthony, who is averaging 26.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 40.4 minutes per game this season. Last year, he averaged 35.0 and 6.0 rebounds in the four contests against the Nets.
But other than Melo, the Knicks have received middling contributions from other players – mainly Smith, who signed a huge contract this offseason but has yet to find his shooting stroke since returning from knee surgery.
Speaking of leg injuries, Chandler’s broken leg has been crippling for the Knicks. Andrea Bargnani has assumed minutes as the team’s starting center, and he’s nowhere near the defensive presence Chandler is in the paint.
Key Matchup: Anthony and Joe Johnson will be a key matchup in this one. Especially with Pierce out and Williams doubtful, Johnson needs to continue his offensive output as of late, having scored 20-plus points in four of his last six games. Anthony has proven in the past he can score at will against Brooklyn
Brook Lopez against Bargnani will also be a matchup to watch. Without Chandler in the middle, Lopez should have his way inside against Bargnani, so the Nets have to constantly feed him the ball in the paint. If Lopez gets doubled, he can swing the ball out to Johnson and the other shooters on the wings.
Player to Watch: Alan Anderson scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on March 22, 2013 as a member of the Raptors. In six career games against the Knicks, he’s averaged 17.2 points per game and has hit 16-of-28 three-point attempts for a 57.1 percentage.
Deron Williams, Jason Terry and Andrew Kirilenko are all out on Thursday night against the Knicks.
Deron is dealing with an ankle injury, Terry has a knee injury and Kirilenko’s back is still ailing him.
Paul Pierce, with a broken bone in his hand, is also out, obviously.
Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and JR Smith all talk about tonight’s crosstown clash on GEICO SportsNite:
John Paolantonio, Contributor
How much more can Nets fans take?
The Nets had momentum off a nice road win against a good Western Conference opponent in the Grizzlies on Saturday night. They looked like maybe, just maybe, they had turned a corner going into their game with Denver Nuggets.
Once again, this wonderful Brooklyn team decided to fake out their fans and get blown out of their own building AGAIN. All the good feelings from the Memphis win went by the boards… literally. The Nets were manhandled on the glass against the Nuggets and ended up being out-rebounded and out-hustled 56-37 for the game.
It was an atrocity to watch the more athletic (a term I’ve used to describe pretty much every team the Nets have played) Nuggets grab every single rebound, offensive or defensive, from the second quarter on, and put on a dunk show late in the game to further embarrass Brooklyn on their home floor. Even five foot nothing Nate Robinson was the recipient of an alley-oop. Come on, man!
Look, I understand that the All Star-laden starting lineup that was supposed to play every night has only played a total of 78 minutes on the floor this season, and that the injuries so far are rivaling the 12-70 team of New Jersey, but the depth on this team was supposed to withstand a few injuries. Every team has injuries — just not as bad as this snake bitten team this season.
How much more I can take — can we all take — of this listless, passionless, effortless, and disinterested team that takes the floor with Brooklyn across their chest? I really don’t know when this team will hit rock bottom, but I assume Thursday night might just be that night against the “laughingstock” New York Knicks. I can’t pinpoint why, but I have this sinking feeling that the “Battle for the Basement of New York” will be a pivotal moment in both New York basketball teams’ season.
The Nets have to win this game on their home court to show themselves and their fans some semblance of heart and caring about winning. After all, Jason Kidd said it best after Tuesday’s game: “It’s the rivalry and both teams stink.”
You’re damn right, Coach, so do whatever it takes to get this shambles of a team to play 48 good minutes against the Knicks and get a win or you will really piss off Nets fans for good.
The Nets, along with the rest of the Atlantic, had the night off last night.
The Nets are still 2 games back of the division leading Celtics.
To read more about the Nets check out the beat reports on ESPN NY, NY Post, NY Daily News. and Newsday.
The Nets will be back in action Thursday night when they host the New York Knicks in Brooklyn. The game will be televised on YES and TNT at 7:30 PM
With the first Knicks vs. Nets match up slated for Thursday night, Harris Decker and Moke Hamilton invited me on TheKnicksBlog Podcast to talk about the state of Brooklyn’s team.
For those of you who don’t know, Harris took over TKB this year and has done an incredible job. And you all know Moke, our NBA analyst, who’s a great writer and has a very bright future in this industry. My interview begins at the 16:02 mark of the show: