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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:32:04 PM

Billy King’s season-ending session with the media Wednesday covered everything from his recent hand procedure to next week’s surgery to remove a calcium deposit in Brook Lopez’s right arm.

That’s not the only cutting expected to happen with the Nets this offseason.

To King, the Nets' general manager, the stated goal next year is to make the playoffs. It should be. The Nets have a superstar now, and having Deron Williams healthy is a great first step to that end. But there needs to be a roster overhaul to go from a 24-win team to one that sees the postseason.

There is no doubt overall that the Nets made strides from last season. They built a foundation for the future as they doubled their win total from a year ago. They probably should have had a few more wins,

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:53:27 PM

The Celtics were missing Rajon Rondo and lost Shaquille O’Neal in the first half. They could have been without Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett ande Ray Allen and Boston probably still would have beaten the Nets.

Playing uninspired and careless, the Nets were throttled by Boston in a game that brought back memories of last season. The final score was 100-75 this afternoon, but the game wasn’t nearly that close.

Avery Johnson has some work to do.

You’re going to have bad games like this, especially against a far superior foe. But the Nets just looked like they were beaten very early on, like they were feeling the effects of going triple-OT on the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday and then overtime on Friday before losing.

Regardless, there is no excuse for it. The Nets

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:30:20 PM

The Nets have played this type of game plenty of times through the first 15 contests this season. They battle, put a bit of a scare into a good team, but in the end don’t have enough to pull out the victory.

This would have been a sweet victory for the Nets on Thanksgiving Eve if they could have closed out Boston. But the Celtics weren’t going to let it happen even on a night when their Big Three wasn’t at their sharpest and the fourth member of the talented quartet was in a suit.

Too much Shaquille O’Neal and not enough good possessions down the stretch led to an 89-83 loss that felt eerily similar to the defeat to Orlando two weeks back and in Denver last week.

The Nets played hard enough to win, if only they made a couple more plays, got a couple more rebounds

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 7, 2009 at 11:52:47 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- You kept waiting for the Celtics to deliver the knockout blow and finish the decimated Nets.

A big Boston third-quarter run could have done it, but didn't. Back-to-back Ray Allen jumpers in the fourth could have done it, but didn't.

The Nets didn't win the game, still haven't won a game this season. But some of their players should have won over some fans and maybe even earned them some minutes when the cavalry returns. Everyone expected the Nets to lose by 20 and 40 the past two nights. But their guys battled and pushed the Sixers to the limit and had the Celtics, and everyone watching last night, stunned.

The final score was 86-76 Celtics, but the 10-point margin didn't happen until 33.6 seconds were left in the game. The Nets (0-7) were in this and even led

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