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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:48:45 PM

At least the Nets got a shot off this time, but it may not have been the one they wanted.

It’s easy to second-guess the Nets’ play-calling down three with less than 23 seconds to go. Coach Kiki Vandeweghe said he should have called something different, something a little less “tricky,” after the Nets dropped an 83-79 decision to the Sixers on Sunday night.

Like Friday’s game against the Wizards, that was a winnable game and one the Nets should have won -- if only they executed. It was the same story Sunday.

The Nets had a big lead early, lost it, couldn’t hit shots late and committed bad turnovers. This time, though, they didn’t miss free throws late.

But talk about history repeating itself, against Washington, the Nets were called for a 24-second

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:55:27 PM

Trading season opened for the Nets on Tuesday night. They were minor, but represented their first roster moves they made since drafting Terrence Williams on June 25, 2009.

It may only be the beginning of a busy six-plus weeks for Nets’ management.

The Nets are in search of young players on good deals, expiring contracts and draft picks. They acquired all three last night before another embarrassing loss, this time a 98-76 blowout against Milwaukee, ending their seven-game homestand with a 1-6 mark.

Chris Quinn, a never-used point guard in Miami, was acquired along with a 2012 second-round pick and cash for a 2010 second-rounder that will never leave the Nets' hands. It’s protected 31-50 and the way things are going the Nets will own the No. 31 pick.

Before that was finalized

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:09:14 PM

Just when you thought the Nets couldn’t sink any lower, they give you one of these performances.

In a season filled with low points Friday night was the lowest, lower than when they set the mark for most losses to start a season. This was as bad as gets, considering the opponent and what the Nets let them do, which was every little thing the Raptors wanted.

The Nets were down 24 points in the first quarter, 37 points at the half, 38 early in the third and 40 in the fourth to a struggling, underachieving team. But, there is no more struggling underachieving team than the Nets, which was magnified by their 118-95 loss to the Raptors.

This was going to be a tough season, but no one could have guessed the Nets would be 23 games under .500 after 27 games. And no one could have predicted

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:13:47 AM

CHICAGO -- Anyone who has watched the Nets has seen this game at least 10, 12 times. Only there was something very different.

They usually take an early lead, lose the advantage as well as their focus and poise after halftime, and talk about the need to learn how to finish out games.

Tuesday night the Nets took the lead in the first quarter, didn’t lose it until late in the game, but they never lost their poise, confidence or belief.

They showed a mettle that’s been greatly lacking for most of this season and pulled out a 103-101 win over the Bulls at the United Center.

The Bulls are not a good team, but this still was a major step for the Nets and a sign that they’re headed in the right direction.

Problems still remain because their defense faltered with the game

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 21, 2009 at 05:36:26 PM

Devin Harris was back bouncing around, getting into the lane, crossing over, freezing defenders, setting up teammates and even threw down a driving dunk for good measure.

The groin that kept him out 10 games was fine. His legs were a little tired, but they should come around.

The Nets' first win –- that’s still on hold.

Harris’ impressive return wasn’t enough to end the Nets’ 12-game season-opening losing streak. It became an unlucky 13 after a 98-91 loss to the almost equally lowly Knicks today, another game that was winnable for the Nets.

You at least see how the offense can be different with Harris, how they can get easier baskets. He wore down a little, but his 12 points and seven assists in 26 minutes helped put the Nets in position to snap the skid.

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:52:49 PM

Lawrence Frank spent most of pregame talking about how encouraged he was with everything he was seeing from his depleted team. Less than two hours later, Frank probably wished he could close his eyes or at least cover them.

The team that fought Miami to the final seconds before losing on a Dwyane Wade three with one-tenth of a second left on Saturday wasn’t the same one that played the Pacers last night.

These Nets battled but after it was too late and dropped to 0-11 after a 91-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers that wasn’t as close as the score would seem.

It wasn’t a lack of effort. The Nets played hard. We’ve seen many games where they fall behind early and never come back.

The Nets came back, despite having just eight guys. But they can’t afford to fall

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 10, 2009 at 02:17:34 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here is the first win.

Tomorrow night at the Izod Center, with people lined up to get in, the bathroom, the Nets will get their first win and beat the unimpressive Sixers. Even though the Nets practiced with eight guys yesterday, and seven guys today, and probably will only have eight for tomorrow's game, this is their chance to get that win.

A loss tomorrow and the Nets likely will drop to 0-10 -- they're at Orlando and Miami this weekend -- before next week's favorable schedule featuring games against Indiana, Milwaukee and the Knicks.

During the previous two games, the Nets battled and played with the attitude that they're tired of losing. They just didn't make enough plays to pull out the wins against the Sixers and Celtics.

After three days of no games,

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 6, 2009 at 11:49:11 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- The Nets are going to break through one of these games. You just don't know what week or month it will be or who will be the one leading them to victory.

They are so banged up by the time this game ended they had eight players in uniform and seven guys unable to go. And had they pulled off the stunning upset, one Trenton Hassell would have been carried off on his teammates' shoulders.

Coach Lawrence Frank went on and on about Hassell's professionalism after his terrific game and deservedly so. Hassell went from playing just one game this season -- a total of eight minutes -- to starting and playing 46 minutes and nearly leading the depleted Nets to the unexpected victory.

But Hassell's all-out effort and those of all the Nets who played wound up being wasted. They fell,

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 2, 2009 at 11:18:54 PM

CHARLOTTE - A confusing, confounding game was followed by some confusing words.

The Nets just lost 79-68 to the Charlotte Bobcats in one of the worst-played games I have ever witnessed - it was 14-10 after one - but there were few signs of disgust afterward from outside or inside the visitor's locker room.

Naturally, Chris Douglas-Roberts was frustrated. He's never happy when he loses. And Rafer Alston said the third period was "embarrassing," and seemed to say there were some players going for theirs when they should have been playing team ball.

But they also talked about how good the Nets were for two quarters-plus. Coach Lawrence Frank said a couple of times the Nets did "some good things" and a couple of people "did some good things."

We understand Frank didn't want to pile on his

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