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Nets fall to Lakers

The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers last night in Brooklyn by a 92-83 score last night. The backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson failed to show up again as they combined for 26 points on nine field goals made. You really have to wonder when these two are ever going to show up this season.

Brook Lopez had a monster game with 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Nets. He added three blocks as well. The team got nothing from the bench as they managed 14 points. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points and Steve Nash had 17.

This was the Nets first loss against a team with a record under .500. The Nets dropped to 28-20 on the season while the Lakers improved to 23-26. The Nets will be in Detroit tonight to take on the Pistons.
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Nets Blown Out

The Nets proved last night that they are still far away from competing for an NBA Championship after being blown out at home by the Miami Heat. The Heat won all three games against the Nets this season and not one of the games was competitive. The Nets will now play the Chicago Bulls at home on Friday.

This loss was troublesome because you can almost understand getting blown out on the road but not at home in a game you wanted to really stack yourself up against. The Nets are undefeated against sub-.500 teams but are 10-19 against teams with a winning record. This is not the mark of a good team.

The only player to show up last night was Brook Lopez who was named to his first All-Star team earlier in the day. The backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined for only 25 points while only making four shots each. You canít beat elite teams when your highest paid players donít show up.

The fact that the team had 19 turnovers didnít help but that seems to be an every game occurrence. They fought back from an early deficit and actually were tied with the Heat at 49 after the second quarter. The third quarter was once again awful as they were outscored by 22 points. They played no defense in that quarter as they gave up 36 points. The loss also dropped them another game behind the New York Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division.
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Nets Win Again

The Nets moved to a Ĺ game behind the Knicks for the top spot in the Atlantic Division tonight after they defeated the Timberwolves 91-83. The Nets improved to 26-16 on the season and continue to pile up the wins since P.J. Carlesimo took over as the coach. They are 12-2 since the team fired Avery Johnson.

Brook Lopez scored 22 points to lead the team and moved closer to making his first ever All-Star team. The reserves will be announced tomorrow. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 18 in the win as well.

C.J. Watson played a great fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 14 points. Every time the Timberwolves would get close Watson would answer with a big shot. The Timberwolves cut the lead to three points but could never get over the hump.

The Nets continue their road trip Friday night in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.
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Nets get huge road win

The Nets got a huge road win last night over the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 110-93. It was their biggest win of the year and the biggest win since P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets, like they have all year, blew a 23-point lead in the first half but managed to hold on for the win.

Brooklyn Nets, Brook Lopez
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The game was tied at 85 late in the fourth quarter but the Nets closed the game out with a 25-8 run to end the game. The game marked the first time Kevin Durant was ever thrown out of a game as well. Joe Johnson had his best game as a Net with a game-high 33 points. Brook Lopez added 25 points


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Nets fire Johnson

Avery Johnson
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The Brooklyn Nets have fired Avery Johnson 28 games into the season. The announcement was made earlier this afternoon by General Manager Billy King. Johnson was in his third season as Nets coach and finished with a 60-116 record.

P.J. Carlesimo will coach the team for the time being. It was a fast fall for Johnson who was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the month in November. The team started out 11-4 but is now 14-14 on the season


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What's Wrong with the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets played awful on Christmas Day as they lost to the Boston Celtics by a score of 93-76. The Nets are now only 14-13 and 9-7 at home on the season. The team was once at the top of the Atlantic Division with the New York Knicks with an 11-4 record.

Deron Williams only had 10 points in the game while attempting seven shots. Joe Johnson was held to 12 points. Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez each had 15 in the loss. The team had 20 turnovers which continue to be an issue


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Nets Win

The Nets defeated the Pistons in double overtime tonight by a score of 107-105. I caught the game when it got into the second overtime. Joe Johnson hit the game winning shot as time expired to end the game. Johnson finished with 28 points. Gerald Wallace had a big game with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets improved to 13-9 on the season while the Pistons dropped to 7-18. The Nets will be in Chicago tomorrow night to take on the Bulls


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Nets top Knicks

The Nets defeated the Knicks tonight in overtime by a score of 96-89 in a show down for first place in the Atlantic Division. Both teams have 9-4 records after tonightís action. The Nets defense clamped down on the Knicks the last 1:30 of regulation and overtime. The Knicks only scored five points in the extra session.

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
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Brook Lopez led the Nets in scoring with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Deron Williams had 16 points and 14 assists. Lastly, Jerry Stackhouse was huge off the bench with 14 points including four three-point shots. Gerald Wallace was the only other Net in double figures as he had 16


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Team USA wins gold

The biggest sports story from today was the USA Menís basketball team defeating Spain to win the gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics. The final score was 107-100 with Kevin Durant leading the way with 30 points. The US only had a one point lead after three quarters of this game.

I didnít watch any of the basketball games during the Olympics as there was no way the US could lose any games. The closest game actually was a five point win over Lithuania. I donít think you could compare this team to the original ďDream TeamĒ but they both have gold medals which is always the end goal


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Jeremy Lin

The big news today is in basketball where the Knicks are talking about letting Jeremy Lin leave to join the Houston Rockets. Lin is a restricted free agent who signed an offer sheet with the Rockets where the third year will pay him $14-15 million dollars.

We have heard all along that the Knicks would be willing to match any offer but they recently signed Jason Kidd and traded for Raymond Felton. It doesnít make much sense to have three point guards on the roster. Lin was great during a 25 game stretch in the season but got hurt late and never played in the postseason


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All-Star game

The All-Star game has come and gone and the National League won for the third straight year shutting out the American League by a 8-0 score. The National League scored five runs in the first inning off of Tiger pitcher Justin Verlander. Pablo Sandoval had a three-run triple in the inning and fellow Giant Melky Cabrera added a two-run homer in the fourth.

Melky Cabrera was named the MVP and the National League will now have home-field advantage in the World Series. I basically wanted to watch the introductions to see both R.A. Dickey and David Wright and I happened to miss both


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Parise Leaves

The Devils lost Zach Parise yesterday when the Captain signed a 13 year, $98 million dollar deal to play for the Minnesota Wild. His good friend Ryan Suter also signed with the Wild for the exact same contract. Parise was by far our best player last year so weíre going to miss him but Iím glad he didnít stay in the East. We would have turned on him if he went to the Penguins or the Flyers.

I wonder if/when we will know what exactly the Devils offered but if it was going to be a package deal of Parise and Suter Iím not sure how many teams could have gotten that done. Weíll see what the Devils do going forward


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Free Agency News

Thereís been a lot of free agent news the last two days. The Nets have been linked to a lot of players and have made major moves so far. Yesterday they made a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Joe Johnson for Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson and a future first round pick.

Today they re-signed their best player Deron Williams to a five-year deal for around 100 million. They made a trade for Reggie Evans from the Clippers and they also signed forward Mirza Teletovic from Bosnia


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Rumors

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for the Nets and Devils when it comes to free agency. The Devils Zach Parise is expected to sign with a team tomorrow with the Devils, Penguins, Flyers, Red Wings and Wild among the teams pursuing him. He is believed to be asking for a signing bonus of 12 million.

Martin Brodeur is also a free agent but there wasnít much news about him today. The Devils have lost one free agent with Alexei Ponikarovsky signing with the Jets on a one-year deal


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Free Agency

NBA and NHL free agency are about to begin. Iím very worried about the Devils. Martin Brodeur just hired an agent and thereís a very real chance he could play elsewhere next season. No fan of the Devils or the NHL could possibly imagine that scenario.

Our best player and perhaps the best free agent is also Zach Parise. Weíve lost guys in free agency before but I think Parise would be the most difficult to swallow. Heís only 27 years old and has been our best offensive player for years. We have financial issues and itís going to extremely difficult to bring him back. The NHL is pretty crazy in that a majority of the moves happen the first day so there should be a lot of news the next two days


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Mets sweep Orioles

There isnít much going on in the world of sports today. The Mets are off until they host the Yankees for a three-game set at Citi Field beginning tomorrow night. The Mets completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles last night. They have now swept or been swept in their last four series.

Jon Niese, Chris Young and R.A. Dickey will be going for the Mets this weekend against Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and C.C. Sabathia. The Sunday night game should be very good with Dickey and Sabathia going at it


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Great Sports Day

Today is a pretty big sports day overall. The most important game to me is game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals with the Devils hosting the Kings. The Devils are trying to come back from a 3-1 deficit. The Rock should be pretty crazy this evening but the Kings havenít lost on the road in the playoffs this postseason. One would think just based on the law of averages that they have to lose one, right? I had a dream last night that the game went into overtime and Zach Parise scored the game winner. Let us hope it happens.

The Belmont Stakes is tonight and a lot of the attention has been removed from the race since Iíll Have Another has been scratched due to injury. The horse was looking to become the first Triple Crown Winner in 34 years and itís really a shame what happened. Iím not big into horse racing but I definitely would have tuned in


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Game Three

If there ever was a game a team had to win; that would be tonight for the Devils. Game three of the Stanley Cup Finals takes place in Los Angeles tonight with the Kings leading 2-0. The two previous games have been exactly the same. The Kings score first, the Devils tie it and the Kings win it in overtime.

The Devils didnít play well in game one and deserved to lose but I thought they were the better team for the majority of game two. I didnít have any thought in my mind that they would lose that game. The offense has to pick it up. You know you are in trouble when the two goal scorers have been Anton Volchenkov and Ryan Carter. Ryan Carter has actually been one of our best scorers but we need someone from the top three lines to step up


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Devils go for Trophy number 4

The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight with the Los Angeles Kings taking on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center at 8:00 pm ET. This is the first Stanley Cup Final that will feature seeds this low. The Devils came into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the East and the Kings were the eighth seed in the West. The lowest seed to ever win the Stanley Cup was the 1995 New Jersey Devils who were a five seed.

Needless to say it is surprising that both teams have made the Finals. The Kings may be the hotter of the two teams after they knocked out the Coyotes in five games in their last round. They are 8-0 on the road in the playoffs as well. They might have the best goalie in the playoffs as well in Vezina candidate Jonathan Quick


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NBA Playoffs

There wasnít much going on in the sports world last night outside of NBA playoff games. I happened to catch the end of both the Celtics-Hawks and 76ers-Bulls games. They both finished basically the same way where players missed free throws costing their teams games. For the Hawks, Al Horford had a chance to tie the game with less than three seconds left but missed the first one. It was too bad because Horford had a really good 4th quarter.

Omer Osik missed two free throws for the Bulls with 10 seconds remaining and on the rebound Andre Iguodala got fouled. Iguodala made both his free throws and the # 1 seed Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah were upset by the # 8 seed 76ers. The 76ers will now play the Celtics in the next round and the Miami Heat will play the Indiana Pacers


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