Found November 09, 2012 on Atlantic Twine:
Getty Images Regardless if the Nets weren’t on NBA TV’s “The Association” or had rap mogul Jay-Z as their unofficial mascot, the Nets were bound to draw attention when they packed up their bags and exited the Atlantic Avenue stop en route to the Barclays Center. And the Nets knew the attention would come, but in the short-term they are trying to ignore it. “I haven’t checked Twitter in like a week because of that,” Williams said after Thursday’s 30 point loss to the Miami Heat “It’s how things go.” Expectations were going to be through-the-roof simply from being in Brooklyn alone. However when you add perennial all-star Joe Johnson and have a healthy Brook Lopez coming back, those expectations were raised even higher. “I said at the beginning of the season, we have a team on paper that should be really good,” Williams said. “So the expectations are going to be high. Being in Brooklyn now, things are at an all-time high. So if we’re not winning, or struggling, it’s going to be a big deal. And we are right now. But it’s been three games.” For the Nets, it’s been their defensive struggles that have truly overwhelmed them. It was no more evident than in their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brooklyn went up by 22 midway through the third quarter to only end up losing by 11. And to add onto their problems, Joe Johnson has been missing open shots. “Joe missed some wide-open shots that he normally does make,” Coach Avery Johnson said. “He’ll make them. When he drives, it’s kind of five in the paint. And there’s going to continue to be five in the paint until we make our outside shots.” The Nets are in Orlando to face the Magic tonight at 7:00 p.m. Linkage: Nets Caught Between Off-Season Hype and a Slow Start – New York Times Follow Frankie on Twitter – @FrankieFrank5 Follow Atlantic Twine on Twitter – @AtlanticTwine Like our Facebook Page – Atlantic Twine on Facebook
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Deron Williams: I saw a UFO during Hurricane Sandy

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams told GQ Magazine in an interview that he saw a UFO during superstorm Sandy.   GQ: Where were you during the hurricane? What was your Sandy experience like? We live in downtown Manhattan, so like everybody else downtown, we lost power around 8 p.m. on Monday, and didn't get it back until the following Saturday. We also had a whole bunch of...

Nets' Deron Williams saw a UFO during Sandy

This just in. Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams claims to have seen a UFO over New York City during superstorm Sandy. That's right. A real life UFO. Here's the snippet from his interview with GQ Magazine in which Williams explains:GQ: Was there a particular "New York moment" during the Hurricane? Did you see something that'd made you think, "That'd...

Nets' new mascot is 'meh'

About the only thing the Brooklyn Nets did not steal from the San Antonio Spurs (the team color scheme to be exact) has been their new mascot. So the Nets and Marvel Comics teamed up to create a new mascot and right away you might be thinking, "OK, cool Marvel is involved. The character should be pretty cool, right?" Well sort of, kind of. Named the "BrooklyKnight...

Nets 107, Magic 68

Andray Blatche had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 107-68 Friday night. Brooklyn never trailed while snapping a 10-game losing streak to Orlando that dated to 2009. E'Twaun Moore led the Magic with 18 points, and Arron Afflalo finished with 12. The Nets dominated inside, with Lopez and Blatche pushing around...

Same Old Nets

The Brooklyn Nets moved to a new arena in a new city, but the start of the season has that same old Nets feel. The slow-starting Nets we remember from New Jersey may have crossed the Hudson disguised as a new team from Brooklyn. The Nets fell to 1-2 on the season Wednesday night, losing by [...]

Never-Ending NBA Preview: Hello Brooklyn

The NBA season is here. With that in mind, it is time to flip through the book on the 2012-13 season and to take a look at what the season might have in store -- especially when it comes to the Magic. Be sure to look out for more of these team capsules and to check out all the blogs taking part in this year's NBA Blog Preview (don't worry, I will be linking to all of them...

Mikhail Prokhorov gets his own comic-book

Mikhail Prokhorov has shown the world the extent of his super-human talents.  From turning the fall of the U.S.S.R. into capitalist gold and moving a whole basketball franchise from New Jersey to Brooklyn in a single bound, the obscenely wealthy playboy  is worthy of some kind of Tony Stark-type notoriety. Now, you can add comic-book star to the Brooklyn Nets owner list of accomplishments...

Brooklyn Nets dominate the Magic

Post-game Reaction: Brooklyn Nets 107, Orlando Magic 68. “It was a good win” Avery Johnson said, the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets after Brooklyn's dominating 39 point victory over Orlando. The Nets ran out of the gates quickly jumping out to a quick 8 point lead 12-4, after Brook Lopez set the tone early,

Nets blow out Magic

ORLANDO -- The Brooklyn Nets looked more like the playoff team they are expecting to become this season while the Orlando Magic looked like a team heading to the lottery. Evidence of that occured when the Nets blasted the Magic 107-68 Friday night. The Nets, who were coming off a 30-point loss against the host Miami Heat on Wednesday, got five players in double figures and scoring...

Miami starts 4-0 at home in routing Nets

MIAMI -- The Brooklyn Nets have the second-biggest payroll in the NBA, but the team that was on the money Wednesday night was the Miami Heat. Miami, playing its most complete game of the season, defeated the Nets, 103-73, to raise its record to 4-1. It's also the first time in franchise history that the Heat has started a season 4-0 at home. The Heat have now beaten the Nets...

Nets at Magic game preview

Game time: 7 p.m. ET TV: FOX Sports Florida The front offices of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets conversed plenty during the Dwight Howard saga that lasted into August, though a trade agreement never was reached. Each new-look squad is still finding its footing without him, but Orlando hopes the recent on-court history between the clubs remains in its favor. The Magic seek...

Nets-Magic Preview

The front offices of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets conversed plenty during the Dwight Howard saga that lasted into August, though a trade agreement never was reached. Each new-look squad is still finding its footing without him, but Orlando hopes the recent on-court history between the clubs remains in its favor. The Magic seek their 11th straight victory over the Nets as...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.