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James Harden records triple-double in Nets debut as Brooklyn defeats Orlando, 122-115

James Harden records triple-double in Nets debut as Brooklyn defeats Orlando, 122-115

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Two out of three ain’t bad. With two of their “Big Three” on the court, the Nets opened their era with a win, defeating the Orlando Magic, 122-115, in Brooklyn Saturday night. With the win, the Nets extend their winning streak to a season-best three games improving to 8-6 on the season. The big story was James Harden, who suited up for the first time as a Net, putting on a clinic and showing he was the same Beard. From the stepback three’s to getting to the line to facilitating, Harden ended his Nets debut with a triple-double (47th...
16 hours ago
Nic Claxton ‘closer to midseason break’ for return as he continues to rehab right knee

Nic Claxton ‘closer to midseason break’ for return as he continues to rehab right knee

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Prior to Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic, Steve Nash provided an update on Nic Claxton, revealing that the Nets 21-year-old is likely to come back in February towards the midseason break. “I think Nic is probably closer to the midseason break than he is to now,” Nash said about Claxton’s return. “Sometime in February for sure but no setbacks and he’s working through it.” The break runs from March 5 through 10. Claxton has not appeared in a game for Brooklyn this season and missed the Orlando “bubble” with...
16 hours ago
Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 6:00 PM EST

Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 6:00 PM EST

Photo by Sarah Stier/ It’s really happening. Tonight - Saturday night, in Brooklyn, James Harden will suit up for the Nets. It’s really, really happening. That’s all I got to say. WHO: Brooklyn Nets (7-6) vs. Orlando Magic (6-6) WHEN: 6:00 PM EST WHERE: YES Network (tv), WCBS (radio) Game Preview. So, yeah... Kevin Durant is still really friggin’ good. Just thought I should say that. In all seriousness, KD looks like his old self and has been holding it down while Irving is out. He’s already impossible to defend and having Harden running alongside him...
22 hours ago
Filling out the roster: Looking at short-term solutions

Filling out the roster: Looking at short-term solutions

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via In an interview Thursday with Michael Grady, Sean Marks promised to fill out his roster which is now at 14 players, of whom only 11 are likely to be active Saturday vs. Orlando. “We’re going to have 17 guys by the end of this,” he told Grady, but didn’t provide any timetable. In an interview just after the James Harden trade suggested he would be patient. “Without a doubt the roster is not done, it’s not yet finalized,” he said on Thursday. “We should be doing our due diligence. We have open roster spots so I have...
23 hours ago
FILM STUDY: Keys to making the James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant trio work

FILM STUDY: Keys to making the James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant trio work

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Set to make his Nets debut as soon as all seven players involved in Thursday’s blockbuster trade, pass their physicals, James Harden will join forces with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to form one of the most intriguing Big Three’s in NBA history. Though the group is comprised of three top-end scorers (and two former MVPs), there is work to be done to ensure that Brooklyn’s starry trio functions as a harmonious unit, avoiding that dreaded turn-taking that can doom so many promising ballclubs. In this video, Matt hops into the time...
Jan 16, 2021
New look Nets host Magic ... in James Harden’s debut?!?

New look Nets host Magic ... in James Harden’s debut?!?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports We’re stepping into the light. On a day when the Brooklyn Nets made the trade of a lifetime, they had to step on to the court shorthanded. With nine guys able to dress and on the back leg of a back-to-back, they took it to the New York Knicks and gave Brooklyn fans a win to wrap up a hectic day. The opponent tonight will be the Orlando Magic. It’s been a better than expected season (6-6) for Steve Clifford’s injury-plagued squad and they hope to sneak back into the postseason this year. This is the second night of a back-to-back for...
Jan 16, 2021
James Harden and the hunt for eyeballs

James Harden and the hunt for eyeballs

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Even before the Nets landed James Harden in Wednesday’s blockbuster four-team deal, Brooklyn’s ratings on YES Network were up 18 percent over the first 11 games last year, topping 72,000 viewers. That number is also nearly double what the Nets averaged for the whole season just two years ago, per industry sources. And so far, this season, in three national TV games this season, Nets have delivered 8.2 million viewers. Nets-Warriors on Opening Night delivered 2.7 million viewers to TNT; Nets-Celtics on Christmas Day delivered...
Jan 15, 2021
James Harden confident as Nets enter championship run with ‘Big Three’

James Harden confident as Nets enter championship run with ‘Big Three’

James Harden, finally and officially a Brooklyn Nets, met the New York media Friday, decked out in a Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired hoodie and full of confidence. “An elite player, elite teammate, and an elite leader,” Harden when asked about who he is, what he can do. “A guy that willing to do whatever it takes to rack up as many wins as we can and sacrifice.” Harden also said he’s confident the Nets can put it together and win it all but there’s a lot that needs to get done. “It’s not a guarantee me coming to Brooklyn is guaranteeing a title,” Harden said....
Jan 15, 2021
Kyrie Irving gets fined, loses salary for birthday party, may return Saturday

Kyrie Irving gets fined, loses salary for birthday party, may return Saturday

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It turned out to be one expensive birthday party. Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 and will lose two games worth of salary for missed games this week following an NBA review of a birthday party he threw for his sister and father last weekend in West Orange, NJ. Video of the party showed up online Tuesday, prompting the review by both the NBA and team. Reports also indicate that Irving may return to “activities” on Saturday, which is when the Nets next play, vs. the Magic in Brooklyn. Assuming James Harden will also be available,...
Jan 15, 2021
Deadlines and Commitments - Post-Trade dates to remember

Deadlines and Commitments - Post-Trade dates to remember

The big trade is a done deal. James Harden is a Net. Now comes the test: did Sean Marks do the right thing. Also, some dates to watch as Nets seek to fill the three roster spots created by the Harden trade. —January 15 - James Harden press call via Zoom at 1 p.m. No word on whether it will be streamed. —January 15 - First day two-way players can be traded. This applies to Chris Chiozza (and Reggie Perry.). —January 16 - Likely debut of James Harden in a Nets uniform vs. Orlando Magic. Kyrie Irving’s return dependent on NBA review of whether he violated health and...
Jan 14, 2021
Sean Marks: ‘I have talked to Kyrie. I know he’s excited about getting back on the court’

Sean Marks: ‘I have talked to Kyrie. I know he’s excited about getting back on the court’

Sean Marks made his first official statements to the media since the preseason, addressing the scrum virtually to discuss the details of the James Harden blockbuster. With 25 minutes of time to ask any and all questions, reporters made the most of the opportunity by getting some new information on star point guard, Kyrie Irving. Irving, of course, has not been seen in the public eye––aside from a viral clip at a birthday party––since Brooklyn’s home game against the Utah Jazz on January 5. It’s been reported by The Association’s Anthony Puccio that Irving’s...
Jan 14, 2021
Sean Marks talks acquiring James Harden, sacrifice among ‘Big Three,’ and what’s ahead

Sean Marks talks acquiring James Harden, sacrifice among ‘Big Three,’ and what’s ahead

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via After months of ongoing rumors and reports of various magnitudes, James Harden is officially, finally a Brooklyn Net. The trade became official Thursday morning, followed not long after by Sean Marks, the Nets general manager, hosting a media availability. Marks noted that there was no hesitance in acquiring Harden. In his mind, if a player of his caliber becomes available, the team needs to address and take a hard look at it. “I don’t know if there was an original hesitance. I am not sure where that narrative came from to...
Jan 14, 2021
Trade Grades start to roll in, and they are decidedly mixed

Trade Grades start to roll in, and they are decidedly mixed

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Any trade nowadays gets graded, from swaps of second rounders on up. And of course, the Nets acquisition of James Harden, part of a four-team deal, is going to get a lot of attention. So here are the grades ... so far. They range from A to D. ESPN - Kevin Pelton (D) It’s impossible not to look at this trade in the context of Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Nets for personal reasons for the past week. Harden’s fit in Brooklyn seemed questionable when the Nets already had both Irving and a healthy Kevin Durant as shot-creators....
Jan 14, 2021
Who’s going where? A look at the four-team trade that gave the Nets a ‘Big Three’

Who’s going where? A look at the four-team trade that gave the Nets a ‘Big Three’

Here’s the basic layout of the four-team deal that got the Nets James Harden —- and gave them a Big Three that’s unparalleled in the NBA. The deal was finalized Thursday morning. NETS GET: —James Harden, 6’5” point guard from Houston —2024 second round pick from Cleveland ROCKETS GET: —Rodions Kurucs, 6’10” power forward from Brooklyn —Victor Oladipo, 6’4” point guard from Indiana —Dante Exum, 6’6” shooting guard from Cleveland —First round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026 from Brooklyn, First round pick in 2022 from Milwaukee via...
Jan 14, 2021
Questions for Sean Marks as Nets embark on new era

Questions for Sean Marks as Nets embark on new era

Sean Marks Zoom call with the media, whenever it occurs, will be among the most intriguing of his near five-year tenure as Nets GM ... as fans who applaud the Nets for their willingness to take on big risks as well as those who remain skeptical of the organization’s breakup of their favorite team try to sort things out. And everyone wonders what’s next. So here’s a few questions we thought might be of interest to Brooklyn fandom as they ponder the Nets mega-trade for James Harden. —Does this trade mean you didn’t think you could win without a third star, that the...