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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 30, 2011 at 12:42:07 AM

MILWAUKEE – You could tell the Nets had vivid memories, if not nightmares, of what happened the night before in Indiana. It’s hard to forget something like being beaten by 32 points.

But those memories weren’t enough for the Nets to shake their road cobwebs no matter how hard they worked last night against the Bucks.

The Nets definitely played with more urgency and passion than in Indiana – they couldn’t play with less – but weren’t efficient enough and didn’t make nearly enough shots to beat Andrew Bogut and the Bucks.

So another road game and another loss, this one a 91-81 defeat that dropped the Nets 20 games below .500.

Eventually, they’re going to have to figure out how to win some road games. At this point it could be as much

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:51:49 PM

This would have been a nice sendoff for Nets principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who flew back to Russia last night.

He already was seen as a conquering hero by the NBA community for swooping in Wednesday and announcing the Nets were done playing by Denver’s rules, done with the protracted trade talks for Carmelo Anthony that were played out in the public and taking back control of the Nets.

All of that may have had something to do with how the Nets have played on this five-game home stand. They played relaxed and carefree. They won the first two games on Prokhorov’s stay and came within six seconds of their first three-game winning streak since late January/early February 2009. But the Nets couldn’t close out the Mavericks and suffered a seemingly gut-wrenching

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 2, 2011 at 12:35:37 AM

MINNEAPOLIS – The Nets had every intention of putting 2010 behind them, all they went through, all the change, all the heartache, and start 2011 the right way. But the New Year opened with even more heartache, more headshakes and looked an awful lot like 2010.

The only thing that turned was the calendar. The Nets aren’t that much different as they showed in a dismal 103-88 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This was as embarrassing and deflating a loss as the Nets have suffered all season because of the opponent. The Nets weren’t playing the Lakers, Magic, Celtics or Heat on New Year’s night. They were playing the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the few teams that came into 2011 with a worse record than the Nets.

This was a game that should have at least gone

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 4, 2010 at 03:22:27 PM

The Nets are a quarter done with their season and already have five more wins than they did at this point last season, but they are a perplexing team.

Some games, like against Atlanta and Portland, the Nets look like they can not only compete with but also beat some of the better teams in the league.

Then some others -– think Charlotte twice and Sacramento –- the Nets look like the team from last season that struggled to score, couldn’t execute on either ends in crunch time and produced many head-scratching, eye-rolling moments.

Brook Lopez is the poster boy for this dichotomy.

There are games in which Lopez looks like he can be an All-Star-type player, like the first two games of the season when he scored 25 and 29 points, respectively, or the Atlanta win in which

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:10:50 AM

NEW YORK -- The Nets began Tuesday worrying about how they would defend the Knicks. They ended the day worrying about Devin Harris

The first irony is that the Nets point guard was injured trying to defend the Knicks in transition. The other irony is the Nets played no defense against Amar'e Stoudemire and the Knicks in their 111-100 loss, but it was the least of their concerns.

Harris suffered a knee injury when teammate Kris Humphries fell on top of him in the third quarter. The extent of the injury won’t be known until today when Harris has an MRI.

To say the Nets are praying for good news would be an understatement. As it stands, Jordan Farmar would be their starter and Ben Uzoh their backup point guard. That’s the lineup you can expect tonight when the Nets

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 21, 2010 at 04:56:33 PM

The Nets returned from the four-game West trip feeling about the same as they did when they left a week ago.

They fought hard, came close to beating some good teams and were one or two plays away from doing that, and perhaps even one or two calls. They also feel like they’re progressing and improving.

This is all well and good, but the Nets have to eventually win some of these close games, against better teams, to really show progress.

It’s nice after a 12-70 season and with so many new faces that they battle the Magic and lose by one on a tough Jameer Nelson bucket before leaving for the trip and then end the four-game trek at Denver on a back-to-back, and are down two in the waning moments.

But it means so much more if they would get the win, naturally.

The Magic loss

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 16, 2010 at 01:49:36 AM

Avery Johnson did what no other Nets coach could over a stretch of about 660 days: guide the Nets to a road win against a Western Conference team. The two most impressive factors were that it happened in Johnson’s first West Coast road game as the Nets coach, and that the Nets won with Devin Harris in the locker room for the last thirty minutes and change.

Harris is fine physically, but he was ejected for pulling down Blake Griffin by his neck. But the Nets responded without Harris and beat the Clippers, 110-96, last night to jump start the four-game trip.

“Our team responded well,” Johnson said. “The guys gutted it out.”

The Nets are now 4-6 with four of the losses coming against Orlando and Miami, and three by a total of five points.

Let’s

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 14, 2010 at 12:22:36 AM

NEWARK –- The Nets weren’t as dejected as you might expect after their seemingly gut-wrenching 91-90 loss to the Magic last night.

The likely reasons are:

* Orlando is an Eastern Conference title contender and the Nets took them to the wire.
* They lost on a tough, fadeaway shot by Jameer Nelson with 4.1 seconds left.
* Brook Lopez re-appeared and did it against the Magic and Dwight Howard, who often make him disappear. Lopez outscored Howard 23-16.
* Devin Harris has looked like an All-Star the last two games.
* The Nets feel like they’re getting closer.

“This is a tough loss for us, though the guys should have their heads up,” coach Avery Johnson said. “We know coming in second is not a consolation prize or anything we want to look forward to, but the

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 11, 2010 at 12:14:36 AM

CLEVELAND – The way the Nets beat Cleveland Wednesday night was how they envisioned winning games only with Brook Lopez playing the role of Kris Humphries.

The Nets got an All-Star type of performance from Devin Harris, who played as if he wasn’t going to let them lose. They got hot shooting from Anthony Morrow and big plays from backup guard Jordan Farmar.

Derrick Favors made an impact with his rebounding and defense. And the Nets got dominant play inside in the form of a 13-point, 18-rebound, two-block performance, but it wasn’t from Lopez.

It was Humphries, who played just seven minutes two games ago and eight minutes Tuesday, who was on the court for 40 minutes and helped lead the Nets to a much-needed 95-87 victory over the Cavaliers to snap a five-game losing

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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 9, 2010 at 11:40:58 PM

NEWARK, N.J. – With each flick of one of the Cavaliers’ shooters wrists in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, the Nets moved further away from .500.

They might not see it again after falling to 2-5 following the 93-91 loss to Cleveland at The Rock.

We’re not trying to be an alarmist, but we told you here yesterday that perhaps the Nets’ last chance of being a .500 team this season would ride on this home-and-home with Cleveland. The schedule turns ugly after this with Orlando in on Friday and a West Coast trip after that.

The Nets needed to win last night at home against a Cavaliers team that no longer has LeBron James for many reasons and not just to climb back to .500.

Some people, yours truly included, may have overlooked the Cavaliers and the quality of players

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