Results for tag: Vince Carter
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 13, 2011 at 04:27:29 PM

As crazy as it may seem, the Nets still have an outside chance at the playoffs thank to their current four-game winning streak. Even crazier, Nets fans are going to have to root for the Knicks in some games, starting today.

Before fans get too hyped, the Nets are in 11th place, six games out of eighth as of this writing, and have to jump over four teams to earn an improbable postseason berth.

They have to do it with home games against the Celtics, Bulls, Knicks and Heat and road games at Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Chicago over the last 18 games.

But just as I’ve said a trade isn’t dead until the main player involved is traded, the Nets are not eliminated until they’re eliminated. It’s just going to take a lot of work and wins, and a lot of help from some

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 Feb 13, 2011 at 12:00:07 AM

NEWARK, N.J. - The Nets will tell you this game is one of the reasons they’re moving out of New Jersey. They had their first full house of the season and most of the fans were cheering for the opposing team.

Naturally, there were more Knicks fans at The Rock. The Knicks fans always come out in droves in New Jersey. The Nets think it’s going to change when they move to Brooklyn, but that’s in the heart of Knicks’ country.

The only way, if there is a way, for the Nets to beat the Knicks is by beating them off the court. In other words, the Nets have to do whatever they can to make sure the Knicks don’t get Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks didn’t have Amar’e Stoudemire last night and they handed the Nets a 105-95 loss at the Prudential Center that

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:03:30 PM

Money won’t be an object for the Nets this summer, be it for a coach or players. That’s what Mikhail Prokhorov taking over means.

The Nets have to use that money wisely and by that we mean they can’t overspend for the likes of Rudy Gay and David Lee. Also, the Nets have to make sure when they go shopping they find a leader.

They were lacking in so many areas during this 70-loss season and leadership ranked right up there.

Back around the time Vince Carter came back to East Rutherford to do his basketball camp last summer we wrote about how hard it would be for the Nets to make up for his leadership. They didn’t and still haven’t.

Devin Harris said all the right things, but he got hurt in training camp and missed most of it. He never was appointed official

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:11:00 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The way this season went, the Nets ended their Meadowlands run in fitting fashion.

They were booed in the beginning and end, had injuries to multiple players, and many fans left before the 105-95 loss to the Bobcats ended. There was a comeback from 16 down in the first half and the Nets wound up taking a lead, but struggled with their shot and on defense. And as the final seconds wound down, some fans rose and cheered while about seven people put paper bags over their heads and booed.

That was the Nets’ 69th loss of the season, 33rd at home and last in the building that opened in 1981.

I have plenty of memories of games at the Meadowlands, as a fan and writer.

The first is of my first game during the 1982-83 season. My father took me to see the 76ers because

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:43:08 PM

CHICAGO –- The Nets had their shot at what was unthinkable several weeks ago.

They were staring at a three-game winning streak and the tenth win that would have created an ability to avoid any reference to the worst team of all time. All the Nets had to do was play hard for 48 minutes, defend, take good shots and convert layups. Essentially, they had to do what they did to register their only winning streak of the season.

The Nets did none of those things last night in a 106-83 loss to the Bulls. All good things must come to an end.

“We did not come to play,” interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. “We did not have the energy we had the past few games, the drive, the intensity. It showed in our legs. It showed in the layups we missed early. I’m disappointed

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:07:42 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter had one rousing dunk in his final game at IZOD Center, gave the fans who cheered him for four-plus seasons one last reason to buzz.

Some of the same fans may make the trip down the Turnpike or Route 21 when the Nets play their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark for the next two seasons.

But now that Carter said his farewell there is only one player left of consequence in Nets’ history to say goodbye to Meadowlands. Richard Jefferson comes in at the end of the month with the Spurs and chances are he will enjoy the same results as Carter, Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Jason Collins and Brian Scalabrine have this season.

On a subpar night for Carter and Dwight Howard -- they combined for 24 points -- the Magic had an easy 97-87 victory

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:06:37 PM

The Nets could be walking into a proverbial buzz saw tomorrow afternoon.

The game against the Celtics would be a difficult one for them to get anyway. The Nets haven’t beaten Boston since February 2007. This was pre-Garnett and Allen. It was during the era of the Nets’ big three, Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter. This also was the last season the Nets would see playoff basketball until who knows when.

But they’re making the trip in the snow to Boston where the Celtics were embarrassed last night against the Cavaliers in a game many of you who had power were able to watch.

Mine went out just before 8:00 p.m. and didn’t come back until 5:00 a.m. this morning so I had to wait until this morning to see what happened to the Celtics and formulate an opinion

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 17, 2010 at 02:59:47 PM

The last time the Nets went on a West Coast trip, they tied the record for the most losses to start a season and fired their coach.

They left today for another Western swing that shouldn’t involve as much drama but could involve the same number of losses, depending on whether the Nets finally decide to play 48 minutes and not let a team’s runs completely deflate and ultimately defeat them.

In November, the Nets went 0-4 out West, losing by a total of 56 points to the Lakers, Nuggets, Blazers and Kings. This trip the four games are against the Clippers, Suns, Warriors and Jazz.

On paper, this trip is easier than the last one. Not only are the Nets healthy compared to the prior trip, but these four are also a combined nine games under .500 as of today, whereas the four in November