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Mirza Teletovic is done for the season

Mirza Teletovic will miss the remainder of the season after doctors found blood clots in his lungs, the team announced on Friday.

Teletovic left Thursday night’s game in Los Angeles early after experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to a local hospital.

“Following a series of tests including a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs),” the team said in a press release. “He will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further diagnostic testing and to begin treatment, which includes blood thinners being administered. Due to the nature of blood thinners, Teletovic will be unable to play for the remainder of the season.”

Brian Erni

Wow. What a scary situation. It’s a blessing that doctors caught this condition in time, and that Mirza will make a full recovery. It’s a shame though for Teletovic, who is in his walk year and due for free agency next season. Obviously, health comes before career, but it couldn’t come at a worse time for both Mirza and the Nets, who need all the shooting help they can get.

Best wishes to Mirza. I hope he makes quickly, speedy recovery!

The identity-less Nets got embarrassed in LA

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In what has been a season of indignities for the Nets, Thursday was the latest and the lowest. The Clippers, who — believe it or not — are currently just the five seed in the West, made mince meat out Brooklyn. The contrast between the two teams was stark, and it showed just how diluted you’d have to be to believe this Brooklyn team is even close to being a contender.

Blow outs happen. They’re part of the game. But Nets were smoked by 39 points. Outmatched, outclassed, and certainly outperformed. The Clippers nailed 59 percent of their shots from the field. Their effective field goal percentage was 65.7 percent. I’m not even sure the Nets could hit that mark if they had an open court with no defenders. Blake Griffin did whatever he wanted (11-for-14, six rebounds) and DeAndre Jordan (7-for-7, 12 rebounds) made Brook Lopez look the size of Muggsy Bogues.i

Seriously, go watch that highlight. How could you not be embarrassed if you were on of the five guys on the floor?

“I didn’t have it tonight,” Lopez told reporters after Thursday’s shellacking. “We didn’t have it tonight. Blake got a lot of easy ones in transition, hanging out in the backcourt and we kind of had to adjust to that. We couldn’t send both of our bigs to the offensive glass pretty much. But it’s done.”

It is done, but let’s face it, so are the Nets. It’s only one game, but there’s no upward trend here. Joe Johnson said after the game that this team lacks an identity. Still? How is that even possible?

While other teams (namely Charlotte and Detroit) have gotten better as the season has gone on, Brooklyn has gotten worse. Think about the Nets’ wins over notable opponents. The Spurs overtime game was almost two months ago. That road victory against the Bulls? December 30. Even last Friday’s triumph over Washington was suppressed by going out the next night and letting the Wizards get revenge on Brooklyn’s home court? What does that say about this team that nearly every time they’re presented with a challenge they fold like a cheap suit? Plenty, and one of those things is that they’re not going anywhere.

Nothing salvageable here. The best the Nets can hope for is that, over the next few weeks, contenders get desperate for the talent they have on the block and it gives them an opportunity to recoup draft picks and regain cap flexibility while developing their younger players.

Game Recap: Clippers 123 – Nets 84

Result: The Nets fell for the eighth time in 10 games, 123-84, on Thursday to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Clippers

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Clippers

Need to Know: Playing for the second time in as many nights, the Nets looked sluggish from the outset. Brooklyn was outscored 70-37 in the first half — including 36-14 in the second quarter.

Mason Plumlee led the Nets with 16 points and Jerome Jordan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, one of five Clippers to score in double figures, and Chris Paul had an eye-popping 17 assists, as Los Angeles won its third straight and sixth of eight.

Links: AP recap | Box

What’s Next: Brooklyn will close its three-game Western swing with a contest in Utah against the Jazz. Tip-off will be 9 p.m.

Teletovic taken to hospital due to shortness of breath

The Nets announced that Mirza Teletovic, who exited Thursday’s game in Los Angeles due to shortness of breath, has been taken to a local hospital.

Tonight’s Game: Nets at Clippers

The Nets are in Los Angeles on Thursday night to play the Clippers.

The game is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT and WFAN.

Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee, Jarrett Jack, and Bojan Bogdanovic are expected to start.

Kevin Garnett will have a rest day on Thursday and will not be available.

Recent Meetings

The Nets and Clippers split their two-game season series in 2013-14.

During their last meeting, the Nets topped the Clippers by the score of 102-93. Joe Johnson led the way for Brooklyn with 21 points, while Brook Lopez added 16.

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Nuggets interested in Brook Lopez?

The trade rumors continue to swirl around Brook Lopez and the Denver Nuggets look to be getting into the mix.

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post says that Nuggets have expressed interest in Lopez, but haven’t made any headway with the Nets yet. Dempsey says that hurdles exist, and Brooklyn wants fair value in return for their star center.

“For the Nuggets it could be an opportunity to unload center JaVale McGee’s contract, which is an expiring one next season. That’s also part of the problem. It’s not expiring this season. And for any team to take that on right now for a player the caliber of Lopez, there’s probably going to have to be a first-round pick involved and or/young player with sizeable upside included as well.”

Brian Erni

It looks like the Nets are still in the process of gauging the market, and they should be patient. All indications point towards there being no shortage of suitors for Lopez’s talents, which is a great situation for the Nets. Provided Brook stays healthy ahead of the February 19 trade deadline, Brooklyn should be able to restock for the future in the form of either a first rounder, a young player to add to the core, or both. A bidding war is the best case scenario here, and with many teams needed a center that can make a difference, the Nets may have one on their hands.
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A win’s a win, but…

The Nets held on for dear life to defeat the Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento.

The Nets led 62-46 at halftime and by as many as 23 points at one point.

“We didn’t play so well in the second half,” Lionel Hollins told reporters after the game. “But in the first half we shot 70 percent for most of the half and then we stopped making shots, and then down the stretch when they went small, they became the aggressors and we couldn’t run our regular offense because they were just switching and some of our perimeter [players] just couldn’t put the ball on the floor and attack like we were attacking earlier. We got a lot of stuff at the basket. The first half, we had 38 points in the paint. So, we played the game we wanted to play and we hung in there and got the win.”

Joe Johnson grabbed a rebound with 1:11 remaining that eventually sealed the win for Brooklyn.

Brian Erni

Let’s start with the good. The Nets were on fire in the first half. They were penetrating Sacramento’s defense with ease, and dominated with 16 points in the paint in the first. The Kings had no answer, and it started to look like a skills competition. The 36 point first quarter made this one seem like a laugher, which is exactly what Brooklyn needs at this point in the season. And then, everything came crashing down in a hurry.

Inexplicably, the Nets decided to start setting for outside shots. They took just three opportunities inside seven feet in the third (all makes, by the way), and shot 3-for-11 from everywhere else on the floor (11 feet or more). I don’t know why they stopped attacking the rim,  they just did. Everyone. All at once. It was ugly, and the Kings almost made them pay dearly. Thankfully, Brooklyn ultimately came out on top in spite of themselves, because they could not lose this one. But with the Hornets hot on their tail, this win didn’t inspire much confidence in a second half turnaround.