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The Brooklyn Nets managed to rebound nicely the two previous times they suffered back-to-back losses this season.
Again looking to avoid their first three-game skid, the Nets try to avenge an earlier defeat to the visiting Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Brooklyn (11-6) ran off five straight victories each time following their first two sets of consecutive defeats. The second of those winning streaks was snapped with a 102-89 loss at Miami on Saturday, and the Nets followed that up by falling 117-11 to Oklahoma City on Tuesday as their six-game home win streak ended.
"(Miami and Oklahoma City) are two teams that have been together for a couple of years," said guard Deron Williams, who scored a season-high 33 points Tuesday. "They've won at the highest level and they know how to play together. We're still trying to figure things out.''
The Nets' latest defeats came against last season's NBA finalists, and they were competitive versus the Thunder despite playing without center Brook Lopez for a third straight game. Oklahoma City, though, shot 60.6 percent Tuesday.
"A loss is a loss to us," forward Kris Humphries told the Nets' official website. "We're not the Nets of the past few years. No moral victories. We're trying to win games. Friday, that's our approach: get a win. We can't go on losing streaks. That's not what this year's about."
Brooklyn might not have an easy time getting back on track against the Warriors (11-7), who have won eight of 11 including 102-93 over the Nets on Nov. 21.
Lopez scored 22 points but Brooklyn shot 37.5 percent after the first quarter and blew a 13-point lead. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson totaled 22 points and shot 9 of 25.
While there's a good chance Lopez could sit out again with a foot injury, the Nets hope veteran Andray Blatche can continue to produce in his place. Blatche has averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the last three games minus Lopez.
Brooklyn also hopes key reserve Reggie Evans returns after he missed Tuesday's game with the flu.
The Nets are 7-2 at home, but face a Warriors team that opened a season-high seven-game eastern trip with a 104-97 win over Detroit on Wednesday. Klay Thompson scored 27 points while backcourt mate Stephen Curry had 22 with 10 assists.
With last season's foot problems apparently behind him, Curry (19.1 points per game) has recorded four straight double-doubles. He's averaged 21.4 points and 9.6 assists while the Warriors have won four of five.
"What I love right now is that Steph is in total control out there on the floor,'' coach Mark Jackson said. "When things get crazy, I don't feel like I need to call a timeout, because I'm so comfortable with his ability to run this basketball team.''
Thompson has averaged 20.1 points in seven games, beginning when he and Curry combined for 48 against the Nets last month.
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The NBA has issued a $5,000 fine to Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace for flopping.
The fine was issued for Wallace’s second violation of the NBA’s new rules against the practice which encourages referees to issue fouls after a player over-exaggerates the impact of contact from another player.
Please Click Here To Read This Story & Watch A Video Of The Flop That Got Wallace Fined.
Deron Williams and Avery Johnson are sitting on an 11-6 record this year.credit: sbnation.com
There was a lot of hype surrounding the new-look Brooklyn Nets coming into this season. So far, so good, as they stand at 11-6, and look to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
A big part of this started when Deron Williams decided to stay with the Nets, even though he has...
The above video is from Gerald Wallace's warning flop. There have been two players fined for flopping so far this season. Lucky for the 29 other teams in the league, the Nets have both of those players (Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace). So Gerald will have to fork over $5,000 for his 2nd offense in this short season. Unfortunately, NBA doesn't allow you to embed videos...
It will be interesting to see what Deron Williams does when he claims he was misquoted.
Williams, the starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, has broken ground as an athlete by employing his own beat reporters to cover him for his website, deronwilliams.com, and create “a larger brand portfolio” for himself, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
So far, Williams...
Were a month into the NBA season and already 2 players have got fined for Flopping. The Latest is Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace. The 1st player to receive a fined by the NBA was Wallace’s teammate Reggie Evans. Like the Los Angeles Clippers are nicknamed Lob City maybe the Nets should be nicknamed Flop City.
He received the fine for launching himself back when LeBron James...
Brooklyn Nets guard Gerald Wallace became the second NBA player fined for flopping Wednesday when he was docked $5,000 by the league. Wallace was fined for trying to draw a foul from LeBron James during a game last Saturday against the Miami Heat. Wallace acted like was severely hit after he was bumped by James' right arm. Wallace previously was warned for flopping on a play...
Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping.
On his weekly interview with WEEI, Doc got into the chat that he and Rajon had last week after his beef with Kris Humphries.
Chris Forsberg writes:
“Rondo understands that we need him,” said Rivers. “And Rondo almost said the same thing. He said, ‘Coach, I didn’t go in there to have a fight. I went in there to push [Humphries] off Kevin [Garnett] and, the next thing you...
During Tuesday’s thriller between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets, OKC big man Serge Ibaka served up two facials on Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche and then on Jerry Stackhouse.
The commentating on the dunks is pretty fantastic too:
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