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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:39:05 PM

CLEVELAND – Kris Humphries was in the locker room talking to his teammates and said nothing ever comes easy for the Nets.

He’s right.

The Nets were shorthanded, missing Deron Williams and then lost backup Sundiata Gaines in the first quarter with a hip injury and nearly lost the game to the NBA’s worst team, the Cavaliers, who were without arguably their three best players.

But the Nets found a way to outlast Cleveland, winning 98-94 in overtime in an ugly game that wound up being very rewarding for New Jersey.

“Hump was just saying nothing comes easy for us,” Brook Lopez said. “It makes it that much better. We’re definitely working for everyone one of these.”

This was the Nets’ ninth game that went to at least one overtime –

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 20, 2011 at 05:43:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deron Williams and the Nets' season have something in common: they may be just about over.

It was doubtful the Nets would play beyond the April 13th regular-season finale anyway. Now there’s question as to whether Williams will play in April. He may already have played his last game.

Before the Nets’ crushing 98-92 loss to the Wizards on Sunday afternoon they announced Williams would miss “a minimum of” three games due to his strained right wrist. ‘A minimum of’ are the key words.

Williams is a fierce competitor who wants to play and help his team win games. But if the Nets continue to lose the way they have the last couple of games, there really is no reason for Williams to play again, not with his wrist bothering him physically

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:06:44 AM

NEWARK – The Nets ran out of luck on St. Patrick’s Day. The team wearing Shamrock Green took it from them.

Even if the Bulls were wearing their normal road colors they probably would have made the necessary plays down the stretch, the ones the Nets didn’t. Chicago was the aggressor and in control most of the time and when it came to crunch time you expected Derrick Rose to show why he’s the leading candidate for MVP.

He did and the Bulls showed why they’re the East’s top team right now in an 84-73 victory that halted the Nets’ five-game winning streak.

You expected it to happen at some point. The Nets were the better executing team down the stretch in the previous five games. But after erasing a 14-point lead and putting themselves in position

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:21:29 PM

Brook Lopez hasn’t experienced a win streak like this since college, and he’s right smack in the middle of it all.

It’s not only because he’s the Nets' center, but also because he’s making the plays he didn’t make earlier in the season and carrying himself much differently. Nets coach Avery Johnson keeps talking about how Lopez is doing things he hasn’t seen him do before, such as asking to go back in games, talking during huddles and demanding the ball more.

Success breeds confidence, and Lopez and the Nets’ confidence is at an all-time high together. After his seventh straight game with at least 20 points -- the Nets’ fifth consecutive win -- Lopez was asked if anyone should be surprised that they just beat the Celtics.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:52:22 PM

NEWARK, N.J. – Deron Williams made a triumphant return to the Nets Monday night and showed once again what they’ve been missing since Jason Kidd left the team.

The Nets have a superstar, a closer with a will to win that’s impressive, and his teammates have no other choice but to follow him.

They did it in what was easily the Nets’ best win in a few years as they leveled the East’s top team, the Boston Celtics, 88-79, before the second consecutive sellout at The Rock.

It wasn’t just Williams, just like it wasn’t just Kidd back then. But their presence lifts everyone around them. This was the Nets’ fifth straight win -- their most since the 2007-08 season -- when Kidd was still steering the ship.

It says a lot that the Nets won two of the

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 12, 2011 at 12:04:17 AM

The Nets appeared to be on their way to what would have been one of their most disappointing nights of the season and it turned into one of their best.

They had a full house and the Knicks weren’t in town. The fans were at Prudential Center to see Blake Griffin, so they wanted dunks, but they also wanted the Nets to win.

It was clear by the way they booed the Nets when they fell behind by 20 to the Clippers in the first half and then booed Griffin late in what turned into an exciting back-and-forth game, won by New Jersey, 102-98, in overtime.

In the end, the fans got everything they wanted. They got dunks early. The Clippers’ first five baskets were slams and two were from Griffin that created quite a buzz in The Rock.

In the end, the Nets got everything they wanted

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 10, 2011 at 02:30:51 PM

Brook Lopez began elevating his game right around the time Dwight Howard’s name was mentioned as the Nets’ target to team with Deron Williams.

Knowing Lopez it probably has more to do with Williams’ arrival than it does the expected Howard pursuit. Lopez said he doesn’t pay attention to any of that and he never followed the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.

Some players just say that, but you tend to believe Lopez because he’s not your average athlete. He’s not consumed by basketball and all the drama. He has other interests and says he doesn’t like to clutter his brain with things he can’t control.

Either way, a better Lopez helps the Nets on the court and in the trade market.

On the court, Lopez of late has played the way most expected him

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:59:31 PM

Brook Lopez didn’t remember the last time the Nets won three straight games, which isn’t surprising. Most players don’t recall numbers like that.

But if anyone should have remembered it was Lopez. He’s the only player left from the franchise’s last three-game winning streak, which came during his rookie season in late January/early February 2009.

The Nets matched that elusive feat last night with a Lopez-led 94-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors at The Rock that was impressive for many reasons.

* They did it without their new All-Star point guard Deron Williams. He was back in Dallas to be with his wife Amy, who gave birth to their fourth child, Desmond, yesterday.

* Lopez was dominant, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He scored the last

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 8, 2011 at 04:52:17 PM

Following their successful trip to London, the Nets hope to continue this season -– and recent stretch -- of firsts when they return to playing basketball in North America tomorrow.

With Golden State visiting the Prudential Center, the Nets will try to register their first three-game winning streak in more than two years. Their last three-game win streak came when Brook Lopez was a rookie, Devin Harris was an All-Star and Vince Carter’s presence and passing made both players better.

In Deron Williams, the Nets have that kind of player every game now. Well, almost every game.

For the next two games, Williams is NWT –- Not With Team.

This has nothing to do with his strained right wrist. Williams played nearly 88 minutes in the Nets’ two wins in London last week.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:42:48 PM

Aside from concussions suffered by Anthony Morrow and Damion James, the Nets' London trip couldn’t have gone better for the team, unless they managed to get a commitment from Deron Williams that he will stay with the organization past next season.

Overall, though, it was win-win-win for the Nets. They won both games against the Raptors and probably won over some fans in the United Kingdom. The Brits had to be impressed with Williams, of course, but also with Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and the passion with which a 17-win team played with during the NBA’s first ever regular-season foray into Europe.

In Saturday’s 137-136 triple-overtime thriller, the Nets showed tremendous mental toughness and resilience to come back, lose leads, claw back and do whatever needed