9:45 AM EDT, Wed May 12, 2021
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Kyrie Irving suffers facial contusion as Nets defeat Bulls, 115-107

Kyrie Irving suffers facial contusion as Nets defeat Bulls, 115-107

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ It was a big win that came with worrisome news. The Nets carried over their energy from Saturday’s win against Denver, defeating the Bulls, 115-107. With the win, Brooklyn improves to 45-24 on the season and grows their lead to 2.0 games over the surging Bucks for the second seed in the East with three games remaining. Although the Nets looked scary throughout the first three-quarters of play, Chicago made it a game late. But the big story was Kyrie Irving who suffered what was described as a “facial contusion” in the third quarter....
14 hours ago
Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 PM EST

Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 PM EST

Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via It’ll be good to get home, won’t it? Brooklyn finishes up a 5-game, 11-day road trip on Tuesday night in Chicago where they’ll take on a Bulls team that is barely clinging onto life in that 11th spot in the East; they’re hoping to catch the Wizards and make their way into the play-in tournament. Chicago has won three in a row, and enters the night 3.5 games behind the Wizards. Again, a tall task, but you hate to get these games on the schedule (on the road, a young team with plenty to play for) if you’re the Nets. Join us...
14 hours ago
How good is Kyrie Irving? Magic Johnson calls him a ‘video game;’ Isiah Thomas, ‘Jim Hendrix’ with the ball

How good is Kyrie Irving? Magic Johnson calls him a ‘video game;’ Isiah Thomas, ‘Jim Hendrix’ with the ball

Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Mike Mazzeo, after watching Kyrie Irving this year, talked to people seeking answers to the question we’ve all asked, just how good is this guy?!? Those answers from those who know Irving — and the game, particularly its history — were hardly surprising but they were certainly creative and entertaining. “The greatest compliment I can give him is he really is a video game,” Magic Johnson, arguably the greatest point guard of all-time, told Mazzeo. “These kids play it — my grandson plays it, my son plays it — and he’s out...
15 hours ago
ESPN: ‘Brooklyn’s title window looks wide open over the next three years’

ESPN: ‘Brooklyn’s title window looks wide open over the next three years’

Photo by Jason Miller/ ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, which measure NBA teams’ chances for success over three seasons, have the Brooklyn Nets in the top position, mainly because of the Nets’ “Big Three.” As Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks report... For the first time in the 12-year history of our NBA Future Power Rankings, the Nets hold the top overall spot. Brooklyn ranked second in October 2019, fresh off signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency, but slipped to ninth last April, shortly after Kenny Atkinson’s departure as head coach. Above and...
22 hours ago
PREVIEW: Liberty hoping for big improvement in Brooklyn debut

PREVIEW: Liberty hoping for big improvement in Brooklyn debut

With training camp coming to a close and the Liberty poised to open the season Friday night against the Indiana Fever, coach Walt Hpokins is still getting his team ready for action ... and their Brooklyn debut. At Media Day Monday, Hopkins provided an update on star guard and former No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu. Ionescu played a mere two games last season with the Liberty in the WNBA “wubble” due to an ankle injury. Ionescu, in fact, did not play in the Liberty’s closed scrimmage against the Connecticut Sun earlier in camp. Hopkins has said the team is continuing...
May 11, 2021
Nets complete five-game, 11-day road trip in Chicago

Nets complete five-game, 11-day road trip in Chicago

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Well, that was a relief. After being down 21 points and looking at the distinct possibility of a five-game losing streak, the Nets were revived by Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin, then Kevin Durant as the Nets beat the Denver Nuggets, 125-119, giving them a 29-3 record in games when they score 120 or more points. Meanwhile, the Bulls are currently in 11th place in the East with little chance of getting into the play-in tournament. They’ll go into tonight’s game 10 games below .500 and two and a half games back of the 10th place Wizards with four...
May 10, 2021
James Harden near return with possibility ‘he plays one or more of these last four games’

James Harden near return with possibility ‘he plays one or more of these last four games’

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The Nets are entering the final week of the regular season, which includes two back-to-backs for a total of four games. Although the schedule is dense, Brooklyn is hopeful, positive even, that James Harden will return at some level before the postseason rolls around on May 19. “It’s all possible but we are still going to monitor it day-to-day,” said Nash on Harden’s return. “He’s putting in his consecutive high-intensity workloads. He’s responded, so it’s all positive. It’s just a matter of monitoring it from today to tomorrow...
May 10, 2021
Kyrie Irving once again reaches out to community, this time to entrepreneurs

Kyrie Irving once again reaches out to community, this time to entrepreneurs

In his latest community outreach, Kyrie Irving and his KAI Family Foundation have established a consultancy to help underrepresented entrepreneurs. Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s “The Undefeated” broke the news Monday... Kyrie Irving & KAI Family Enterprise announces KAI Eleven Consulting, LLC, a business consulting firm created to help underrepresented entrepreneurs. KAI 11 Consulting provides programs and mentoring that give business owners and personnel access to established diverse mentors.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 10, 2021 In a press release, Irving...
May 10, 2021
Blake Griffin getting better as need for him grows

Blake Griffin getting better as need for him grows

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ Fans easily forget that only two seasons ago, Blake Griffin was All-NBA and an All-Star, averaging a career-high 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games while leading the Pistons to the playoffs. Sure, since then he had (minor) knee surgery and a long rehab but as anyone who’s watched the Nets in recent games, the Blake Griffin running the court —and now starting — for Brooklyn is far, far from being done. In the Nets come from behind win over the Nuggets, Griffin had 20 points, including 16 and four three’s in the...
May 9, 2021
Will Barclays Center be renamed? It’s possible

Will Barclays Center be renamed? It’s possible

Photo by Alex Trautwig/ Fourteen years ago, then Nets CEO Brett Yormark pulled off a coup in getting Barclays, the big British bank, to sponsor the new arena not yet under construction at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic. Barclays, then planning on opening retail banks in the U.S., agreed to pay $20 million a year for 20 years, a $400 million bonanza that Yormark’s boss, Bruce Ratner needed to prove the arena could be viable financially. The deal reportedly got reworked twice with the annual payments reduced to $10 million along with a reported $2 million for the...
May 9, 2021
Stephanie Green, Jeff’s wife, pens a nighttime story ... starring their daughters

Stephanie Green, Jeff’s wife, pens a nighttime story ... starring their daughters

Jeff and Stephanie Green try not to miss many evenings with their young daughters, Sofia and Jasmine. Jeff Green may have a job that’s very different than most, but in today’s world, filled with Zoom calls and necessary but unwanted travel, it’s not that odd. So, they try as best they can to keep the family connection strong. And the ritual of nighttime story-telling, as old as parenting itself, is a big part of that. And so, Stephanie, or Nini as she’s called, has gone one step further. She’s written a book, “Dream, Little Girl, Dream,” about how two little...
May 9, 2021
Nets overcome 21-point deficit, snap four-game losing skid, downing Nuggets, 125-119

Nets overcome 21-point deficit, snap four-game losing skid, downing Nuggets, 125-119

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ It was shades of their last meeting as the Nets fought and fought to overcome an early double-digit deficit. Brooklyn overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat the fatigued Nuggets, 125-119. With the win, the Nets season-high four-game losing skid is broken and the team improves to 44-24 on the season. As the game entered the fourth, fatigue caught up to Denver, who was playing the second leg of a back-to-back. The Nets took their first lead since it was 3-0 off a 23-foot corner three from Joe Harris — who finished with eight points on...
May 8, 2021
Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets, 10:00 PM EST

Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets, 10:00 PM EST

Photo by Alex Goodlett/ Losing stinks. Losing four straight games really stinks. Brooklyn heads into Denver on Saturday night on a 4-game losing streak to take on the Nuggets; the team with front runner for the league’s MVP. Nikola Jokic is leading a Denver team that’s gone through it’s fair share of injuries this season. Sounds...like...someone...else...Oh, right! The Brooklyn Nets, too, have had a rough go at staying healthy. James Harden is still out. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, however, are healthy - they just can’t seem to get into the kind of rhythm...
May 8, 2021
Nets still putting up big numbers on offense as season winds down

Nets still putting up big numbers on offense as season winds down

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Offense hasn’t been a problem for most of the year, although of late, there’s been some concern. Here’s a look at the season numbers so far. With a four-game losing streak, it’s probably not a good time to extol the Nets offense, but the Nets in-house beat writer, Tom Dowd, reports, the team is putting up big numbers and in particular, despite the recent adversity and season-long spate of injuries, clutch numbers. One stat that got a lot of play this week was the Nets ability to close games. The second loss in Milwaukee was also the second...
May 8, 2021
Nic Claxton hopes ‘roller coaster year’ will straighten out, speaks on testing positive for COVID-19

Nic Claxton hopes ‘roller coaster year’ will straighten out, speaks on testing positive for COVID-19

Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Nicolas Claxton spoke to the media Saturday afternoon for the first time since coming off the league’s health and safety protocols and admitted it’s been a challenge getting reincorporated to gameplay after testing positive for COVID-19 last month in Miami. “It’s been somewhat of a challenge but it hasn’t been too tough. I played with the stay-ready once and just starting to get my feet wet. I played a few minutes against Milwaukee. I’m just trying to get my rhythm back and trying to get my wind back right before the playoffs...