Game Recap: Spurs 99 – Nets 87

Result: The Spurs beat the Nets 99-87 on Saturday night in San Antonio.

Need to Know: Deron Williams’ 24 points and Mirza Teletovic’s 22 points weren’t enough to beat the Spurs.

Joe Johnson added 12 points, as the only other Nets player in double digits.

New York shot 37 percent from the field as a team.

Tony Parker had 22 and Kawhi Leonard had 21 for the Spurs.

Links: Recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Nets play the Sixers in Philly on Tuesday.

Tonight’s Game: Nets at Spurs

The Nets are in San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Saturday night.

The game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on YES and WFAN.

Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic, Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee are expected to start.

Kevin Garnett (rest) is not expected to play.

Game recap: Nets 94 — Thunder 92

Recap: The Thunder’s Reggie Jackson missed a clean look at a three at the buzzer and Nets ended their five-game losing streak.

Need to Know: Jarrett Jack came off the bench and had 23 points to lead the Nets. Brook Lopez had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets bench had 27 points on 12 of 17 shooting with five assists and two turnovers in the first half.

The Nets have won three in a row in Oklahoma City, which was without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder have lost five in a row.

Before Friday, the Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic led all rookies in three-point field goals made (19) and attempted (51). But he struggled Friday, with three points in 23 minutes with no field goals (0-for-5).

Nets opponents averaged 106.6 points during the five-game losing streak.

Links: Box Score

What’s Next: The Nets travel to San Antonio to face the defending champion Spurs Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Nets at Thunder

The Nets are in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Friday night.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on YES and WFAN.

Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic and Deron Williams are expected to start.

Andrei Kirilenko did not travel with the team due to personal reasons.

November 3, 2014

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks in his first regular season contest since December 20, 2013, as Brooklyn defeated the Thunder by the largest margin of victory in a Nets NBA home opener.

January 31, 2014

As Brooklyn fell to the Thunder 120-95, the Nets saw five scorers in double-digits: Shaun Livingston (16), Deron Williams (14), Mason Plumlee (13), Jason Terry (11) and Paul Pierce (10).


Nets and Sixers have had preliminary talks about a Kirilenko, Karasev deal

The Nets have had preliminary talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about a deal that would send Andrei Kirielnko and Sergey Karasev to Philadelphia (Youngmisuk Nov 21).

According to ESPN’s report, the Sixers would waive Kirilenko if they did acquire him from the Nets.

Brian Erni

What? Why? The Nets are no so desperate to move Kirilenko that they’re going to include Karasev, who they were so excited to swipe from the Cavs? How does this make any sense?

It’s starting to strike me that the Nets don’t really have an actual plan here. At first, it looked like there was going to be some kind of youth movement, and that the 20 year old Karasev — alongside Mason Plumlee — would be at the heart of the Nets’ next core. Now, it just seems like Brooklyn to flying blindly into the wind, trying to paint themselves out of corners that they’ve gotten themselves into. I just don’t get it.

Is Friday in Oklahoma City a must-win for the Nets?

Brian Erni

A must-win game on November 21? It certainly feels that way, as the Nets roll into Oklahoma City in hopes of turning their recent struggles around.
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“We got to try to find some way, somehow to get a win,” Joe Johnson told reporters on Thursday. “Obviously, when you’re in a rut like this, it’s tough.”

Tough has been an understatement for what Nets fans have had to endure for the last five games. Their near-20 point blown lead against Phoenix led to an 0-3 road trip, followed by a shellacking by the Dwayne Wade and Luol Deng-less Heat and a triple overtime defeat to their former coach’s squad, both on their home floor. Over the course of the five-game skid, which has seen the Nets dip below the 4-6 Celtics in the standings, the Nets have seen their offense fizzle, shooting just 43.9 percent (182-for-414) from the field.

“Definitely concerned with five straight losses,” Deron Williams said matter-of-factly. “Who wouldn’t be?”

Certainly not Nets fans.

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Kirilenko will not make trip due to personal reasons

Andrei Kirilenko will not travel with the team on their two-game road trip due to personal reasons, the team said.

Lionel Hollins said he was unsure if Kirilenko would return to the team when the Nets return to Brooklyn.

Brian Erni

Lovely. And I mean that in the most sarcastic way possible. This could be the Nets ultimate failure in the last two years. They’ve completely dropped the ball on how to utilize Kirilenko, and now, it looks like he has finally reached his breaking point. It’s such a stark contrast to the day Kirilenko signed — for what was perceived as extremely under market value — and it was heralded as the move that could transform the team into legitimate championship contenders. Now, it looks like they may have permanently fractured the relationship.