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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:51:57 PM

Avery Johnson hopes to build a team the way his mentor and former coach Gregg Popovich has in San Antonio. But the Nets are eons away from the Spurs.

You knew it before the two teams played each other last night, and the Nets didn’t do anything to make you believe they’re one or two players away. Maybe they are if those two players are Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

The Spurs dominated the Nets inside and out, trouncing them, 102-85, in a game that had San Antonio’s greatness and New Jersey’s shortcomings on full display.

It’s a credit to Popovich and the Spurs’ stars that they didn’t take this game lightly when they could have. They have the NBA’s best record, are near the end of a long Rodeo road trip and are playing one of the worst

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 13, 2011 at 06:48:26 PM

...And the Nets just got out to Landry Fields.

It could have been Sally Field, the Nets probably still would have been late on their rotations and contesting shots. That’s how far away the Nets were from the shooters in their 10-point loss to the Amar’e Stoudemire-less Knicks.

The Nets won’t be as lucky tomorrow night when the Spurs come in healthy and well rested, sporting an NBA-best 45-9 mark.

The Spurs enjoyed such a laugher in Washington that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker played 39:16 – combined. But these are the games you have seen the Nets get up to play.

I’m not saying the Nets are going to win, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s competitive based on some of their performances against the Lakers, Celtics, Magic and Mavs.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:04:53 PM

Newark is supposed to be Shaquille O’Neal’s turf, but a gigantic billboard covering a building on Route 21 seems to indicate it’s Brook Lopez’s city now.

Further proof was early in Thursday’s game in the Prudential Center as Lopez took it to O’Neal and drew three quick fouls on Shaq in his backyard.

Clearly, O’Neal is not the player he was and Lopez is the Nets’ star on the rise. He probably won’t ever reach Shaq’s status, but everyone knows he is for the Nets what O’Neal was for the Magic, Lakers and Heat – The Man

“Brook Lopez is going to be great if he continues to work,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now Brook is the picture of the Nets. He is ‘The Guy.’ He’s tough

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:22:32 AM

The Nets were determined to make sure they wouldn’t own or share the worst record in NBA history. Their desire and belief paid off last night against an unlikely foe.

Most people penciled in this game against the Spurs as another Nets’ loss, meaning the Suns on Wednesday, or maybe the Hornets on Saturday, but more than likely the Wizards on Sunday, would be the game win No. 10 was reached.

But the Nets didn’t want to wait and put more pressure on themselves. They got the Spurs on a night they were ripe for the taking and played a terrific fourth quarter on both ends to nab a 90-84 victory that enabled the Nets to show their faces in public again.

No longer will the Nets be mentioned as the worst team in NBA history, although one of the worst, record-wise, will follow

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 10, 2010 at 11:23:54 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The Nets didn’t suffer their usual loss to the Spurs on Sunday night, but it was another defeat nonetheless -– their 14th straight to San Antonio.

But it was different because it wasn’t that Tim Duncan dominated or the Nets couldn’t contain Tony Parker. They had pretty good (Duncan) to below-average (Parker) games, yet it was a relatively easy win for the Spurs, 97-85.

This says more about the Nets than anything. Brook Lopez was dominant, scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. But the Nets’ offense disappeared in the second half and their defense let up.

The Spurs, who are a tough defense to score against, deserves some of the credit. After the Nets went ahead 52-49 early in the third, it seemed the Spurs buckled down and forced New