Brooklyn Nets: MarShon Brooks

Chad Ford on KG and Nets, Brooks trade

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A couple of interesting comments from Chad Ford’s chat with fans Wednesday:

Mate (NJ)


What do the Nets do? Making a push for KG?

Chad Ford (1:47 PM)

Sure. That's a no-brainer for them. KG would be a huge get for the Nets. If they stay at 22 someone like Gorgui Dieng, Tony Snell are possibilities. They're also talking about moving MarShon Brooks for 26.

Ben (Indy)

Marshon Brooks for Wolves' 26th pick close to a done draft-night deal?

Chad Ford
(1:26 PM)

Decent chance it gets done on draft ... yes.

To see the whole chat, click here.

Brooks trying to earn coaching staff's trust

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Heading into his first NBA playoffs, Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks admitted that he doesn't feel he has the trust of the coaching staff.

"I don't think they [trust me] because I haven't really played against any good teams," Brooks told ESPNNewYork.com after scoring 12 points in a 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night at Barclays Center.

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesMarShon Brooks scored 12 points in 29 minutes on Monday night.
Brooks, a talented scorer, has been playing better of late, averaging 8.9 points on 50 percent shooting in his past 10 games -- including a career-high 27-point outburst on April 3 in Cleveland. But was a DNP-coach's decision on Friday night in Indiana. On Wednesday night, he played just seven minutes in Boston. On April 4, he logged just 10 minutes versus Chicago.

After a regular season filled with more downs than ups, Brooks is uncertain of his role heading into the playoffs.

Veteran Jerry Stackhouse, now healthy, has seen increased minutes and has been knocking down his shots in April, while fellow vet Keith Bogans, despite his recent shooting struggles, is one of the team's best defenders. So playing time might be hard to come by.

"I have no clue," Brooks said. "I just roll with the punches and have to be ready for whatever happens."

Brooks came into the 2012-13 campaign -- his second season in the league -- with hopes of winning the NBA's Sixth Man Award. But those aspirations were short-lived.

Brooks was hurt during training camp and quickly found himself in Avery Johnson's doghouse because the Nets' former coach felt Brooks' defense wasn't up to par. With Joe Johnson anchoring the team's second unit, Brooks' minutes were sporadic at best. When he did get a chance, all it took was one turnover for him to be benched.

Brooks, 24, hoped things would change when interim coach P.J. Carlesimo took over. But for the most part, they haven't.

"I just need to take care of the ball. I think I've been turning the ball over a little too much," said Brooks, who has handled the precarious situation like a consummate professional. "I just have to find a rhythm instead of doing too much in such a short period of time in order to make an impression.

"I just try to go out there and play perfect basketball, and the way I play, it's kind of tough because I'm a risk-taker, and I try to make things happen. Every once in a while I make a mistake. It's just tough."

Regardless of how much he plays, Brooks thinks the Nets have a chance to make some noise in the postseason.

"We have the opportunity to go really deep. Whether we play Atlanta or Chicago, I think we match up really well as a team," Brooks said. "Everybody's clicking. Everybody's just coming around. This is the perfect time to be playing our best basketball."

Brooks leads Nets to history

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MarShon BrooksDavid Richard/USA TODAY SportsMarShon Brooks, who finished with a career-high 27 points in Cleveland, hit his first 10 field goals.
A milestone night for the Brooklyn Nets. A career night for MarShon Brooks.

Behind a career-high 27 points and a career-high tying seven assists from Brooks, who hit his first 10 shots, the Nets guaranteed themselves their first winning season on the road in their NBA franchise history after throttling the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-95, on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Brooklyn (43-31), which picked up its franchise-record 21st road victory, ended up going 5-3 on its grueling eight-game, 17-day circus trip.

“In 36 years for the franchise, this is the most wins we’ve ever had ... that’s a significant achievement,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters in Cleveland.

Brooks, who was making his first start of the season -- and 48th of his career -- because Joe Johnson (fifth straight, heel) and Gerald Wallace (foot) missed the game due to injuries, went a perfect 9-for-9 in the first half and finished with a carer-high 12 made field goals on 16 attempts in 37 minutes.

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David Richard/USA TODAY SportsDeron Williams dunked for the first time this season.
“It was a great opportunity. We’re trying to make a run, trying to get it going, going into the playoffs,” Brooks told YES Network. “Chicago’s right on our heels. We know we’ve got a big game tomorrow (against the Bulls), so I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. Coach has been giving me a lot of extended minutes lately, and it’s paid off. I’m starting to get into a rhythm. I’m starting to actually play my game.”

For the majority of the season, Brooks’ minutes have been much like his game: inconsistent. But in his last three games, the 24-year-old shooting has played no less than 29 minutes. And it’s translated into more consistent performances out of the second-year pro.

“That’s crazy,” Brooks said when told he knocked down his first 10 attempts from the field. “For a scorer like me, when you hit your first couple shots, it’s easy to have a game like this. But I’ve got to work on my mental capacity to where I miss a few shots to take those same shots I took today and continue to be aggressive.”

Deron Williams added 24 points, eight assists and his first dunk of the season -- his ankles must be fine -- while Reggie Evans snagged 18 rebounds. C.J. Watson, who came in shooting 54.4 percent from 3-point range in his previous 21 games, went 4-for-4 from downtown and added a season-high seven assists.

In the first half, the Nets shot a season-high 73 percent from the field and scored a season-high 66 points as they led by 30 at the break.

The Nets came in having never won more than four games on any single road trip in franchise history. That’s no longer the case.

Brooklyn, which improved to 27-4 against sub-.500 teams, shot 56.6 percent from the field and dished out a season-high 31 assists as a team.

“It’s been tough. Especially those last couple games in Denver and Utah,” Brooks said. “It’s tough but it brought us closer, the road trip brought us closer. It was tough on everybody, everybody missed their families, but that’s what they pay us the big bucks for, so we had to go out there and take care of business.”

They did.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Cavs 95

April, 3, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets are guaranteed to finish with a winning road record for the first time in the franchise's NBA history.

They wrapped up their eight-game, 17-day circus trip with their franchise-record 21st road win of the season, 113-95, over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

The Nets (43-31), who led by as many as 34, finished 5-3 on the trip and improved to 27-4 against sub-.500 teams. It's the first time they've won five games on a single road trip in franchise history.

MarShon Brooks, starting in place of the injured Joe Johnson, hit his first 10 shots and finished with a career-high 27 points on 12-for-16 shooting. He also tied his career high with seven assists.

Deron Williams notched 24 points and eight assists in just 27 minutes. C.J. Watson, who came in shooting 54.4 percent from 3-point range in his previous 21 games, went 4-for-4 from downtown. Reggie Evans snagged 18 rebounds.

Johnson (heel) and Gerald Wallace (foot) sat out, but their teammates didn't need them.

Brooklyn shot 56.6 percent from the field, went 10-for-21 from 3-point range and recorded a season-high 31 assists.

15-FOR-18: That's what the Nets went from the field in the second quarter. They shot a season-high 73 percent in the first half, got 37 points combined from D-Will (18) and Brooks (19, on 9-for-9 shooting) and led by 30. Their 66 first-half points also set a season high for any half.

71: That's how many games it took D-Will to record his first dunk of the season. His ankles really must be all right. Dunk No. 1 -- a one-hander -- came off a nice crossover dribble by Williams late in the second quarter. He went by Wayne Ellington and had a clear path to the rim for the flush. Williams trails Jerry Stackhouse on the season, two dunks to one.

D-Will, who went 4-for-6 from downtown, is five 3-pointers away from tying Kerry Kittles for the single-season franchise record (158 in 1996-97).

DEBUTANT: Kris Joseph, signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday, saw his first minutes as a Net late in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Chicago Bulls, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barclays Center.

Bogans (ankle) sidelined vs. Pistons

March, 18, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets guard Keith Bogans will miss Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to a sore left ankle, the team announced.

Bogans, 32, has been a key reserve for the Nets this season. In 62 games, he’s averaging 4.3 points and shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

Bogans’ injury could open the door for Jerry Stackhouse, who has not played since Jan. 26. MarShon Brooks could be another candidate for increased playing time in place of Bogans, but he’s logged four or fewer minutes in three of the team’s last four games.

The Nets also said power forward Kris Humphries will be out due to a tight lower back.

Humprhies has not played the last six games, though Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said recently he’d like to give the 28-year-old a chance “sooner rather than later.” Granted, Carlesimo did not have a timetable on when that would occur.

P.J. hopes to play Brooks more in Philly

March, 11, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo doesn't expect to go with a nine-man rotation again Monday night in Philadelphia.

Carlesimo sat both MarShon Brooks (until the final 3½ minutes, when the game was well in hand) and Kris Humphries (for a third straight game) on Saturday night in Atlanta.

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AP Photo/Bob LeveroneMarShon Brooks
The Nets had gone with a "tight" 10-man rotation in their previous two games.

"It was matchups," Carlesimo said of sitting Brooks. "It's just a question of what the matchups are like. I think tonight will be different. It'll depend on who they start, too, but tonight it'll probably be different."

The Nets are 3-0 since Carlesimo tightened the rotation.

"I just think we're gonna do it for a little while and then see," he said. "It's really less right now the rotation than it is getting Mirza [Teletovic] playing time and looking at Mirza.

"I'd still like MarShon to get some playing time, in a perfect world. It's really more still looking at individuals and figuring out who's going to be in the rotation and who's going to be out."

'HUGE' JUNCTURE OF SEASON: The Nets (37-26) currently trail the New York Knicks (38-22) by 2½ games in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks are embarking on a five-game West Coast road trip.

The Nets are in the middle of a stretch of four games in five nights before they face Atlanta on Sunday night at home and then head out for their eight-game, 17-day circus trip.

"This stretch is huge for us," Carlesimo said. "This stretch of four games in five nights is huge for us."

WOE IS JOE: Joe Johnson's struggles of late have been well-documented. Johnson just doesn't look like the same player since injuring his left heel.

He's averaging just 11.6 points on 42.4 percent shooting in his past five games. Johnson has also gotten to the free throw line just twice over that span.

Perhaps this stretch of four days off following Tuesday night's game against New Orleans will be what he needs to get healthy.

Carlesimo: I don't like benching Brook

February, 22, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo doesn’t plan to make a habit of benching All-Star center Brook Lopez in the fourth quarter. Lopez has played just seven fourth-quarter seconds in the last two games.

“I don’t like doing that,” Carlesimo said Friday. “It’s not something I want to do on a regular basis, and it’s something that’s probably not good for Brook.”

Lopez, who Carlesimo said was having “an All-Star hangover,” has handled the situation, as always, like a true professional.

“I thought Dray (backup Andray Blatche) was playing well both games,” Lopez said. “I thought for most of the first game I played well, I just didn’t play well in overtime. And in the second game, I just didn’t play well at all. That was that. But I feel good, honestly, and the most important thing our bench has been very strong.”

• Nets power forward Kris Humphries and shooting guard MarShon Brooks were rumored to be traded by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. But by the time it passed, both remained members of the team.

“It’s not really a relief because I’ve been doing this for a while,” Humphries said. “It’s just a part of February is trade season, so it’s like anything else. But we’ve got our guys that we’re moving forward and focusing on trying to end the year strong and get a good spot for the playoffs.”

How tough is it focusing on playing games when your name is constantly brought up?

“Well if you want to help us with that, don’t ask us questions about it,” Humphries responded.

Added Brooks: “I know what team I’m going to be on, so that’s nice to know, just to have that sense of security, just knowing that you’re going to be here for the rest of the season is a great feeling.

“It’s not easy, but I just try to be ready to play and try to deliver when my name is called.”

After the break: 5 things to watch

February, 14, 2013
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Despite enduring a coaching change just 28 games into the season, the Brooklyn Nets amassed 31 wins prior to the All-Star break -- tied for fourth-most in franchise history. Still, they aren't satisfied. Here's five things they need to work on in the second half:

1. MORE CONSISTENCY FROM BROOKLYN'S BACKCOURT

Nets GM Billy King called Deron Williams and Joe Johnson the NBA's best backcourt during a preseason news conference. But D-Will and Iso Joe have failed to live up to that billing in 2012-13. Both players' statistics are down across the board. The duo has better chemistry than it did at the beginning of the year. Still, there is work to be done. The Nets would be much better off if Williams and Johnson could rediscover their All-Star caliber forms in the final 29 games. Much of that depends on whether D-Will's injured ankles hold up.

2. PLAY BETTER AGAINST THE BEST

The Nets are just 13-20 against .500-or-better teams (at time of game played); Eleven of those 20 losses are by 10 or more points. As players have pointed out, the Nets have not done a good job of countering when good teams hit them with big runs. Given that they want to be an elite team, playing better against the best teams in the league is a must.

3. LESS STAGNATION ON OFFENSE

The Nets rank 20th in the league in scoring, averaging 95.2 points per game. They are 11th in offensive efficiency, but last in pace. The Nets prefer to play a half-court oriented style, and rarely score in transition. At times, that can be problematic. The Nets' offense looked phenomenal on Wednesday night. They had perfect spacing, were swinging the ball around the perimeter and rarely used isolation plays. It's easy for the Nets to fall into the trap where they let Johnson and Brook Lopez go 1-on-1 while everyone else stands around and watches. That can be effective, but it can also lead to long scoring droughts.

4. DISCOVER AN IDENTITY

According to interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and his players, the Nets have yet to forge an identity. And they don’t have much time to find one. It seems like they're at their best when they're playing tenacious defense and getting timely buckets on offense, while keeping their turnovers to a minimum. It's important that they figure out who they want to be before the playoffs begin.

5. DEVELOP A ROTATION

Carlesimo always talks about the fact that he’s had trouble developing a rotation. Brooklyn’s bench has been an asset some of the time, and a liability other times. The Nets have a lot of talent on the bench, but it’s hard for their reserves to be consistent when their minutes are so sporadic. Just ask MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic.

Injury update: Blatche, Brooks available

February, 5, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets reserves Andray Blatche, MarShon Brooks, C.J. Watson and Jerry Stackhouse are all available to play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced.

Blatche (sickness) did not go through shootaround and was listed as a game-time decision. Brooks (sprained right ankle) was questionable, while Watson (sprained left ankle) was probable. Stackhouse (stiff neck) was a game-time decision.

Nets could be short-handed vs. Lakers

February, 5, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets could end up being significantly short-handed for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Backup guard MarShon Brooks (sprained right ankle) is questionable, backup point guard C.J. Watson (sprained left ankle) is probable, while backup center Andray Blatche (sickness) and backup guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) are game-time decisions.

Backup forward Tornike Shengelia (concussion) remains out.

Nets face Kobe the facilitator

February, 4, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kobe has morphed into "Magic Mamba."

In the past six games, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has averaged 10.2 assists while never scoring more than 21 points. The Lakers are 5-1 over that span.

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Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SportsKobe Bryant has been lending a helping hand.
"He's always had the ability," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, whose team will play host to the Lakers on Tuesday night, said of Bryant's recent run of assists.

"His game is such that he can can play at least three positions, easily point, 2 or 3, without any problem," Carlesimo said. "He's had games where he's had tons of assists, tons of rebounds, tons of points.

"Kobe is easily one of the most versatile players in the league with the things he can do with the basketball, so no, I am never surprised. Kobe could have a game where he has 17 assists and they win going away, and he doesn't get double-digit points. It won't happen too often, but he can be that kind of facilitator if it's needed."

For his career, Bryant has scored 30,813 points, while dishing out 5,677 assists. He averaged a career-high 6.0 assists per game in 2004-05.

Nets guard MarShon Brooks always looks forward to matching up against Bryant, the player he idolized growing up.

"I don't think I'll ever get over that, you know?" Brooks said. "Just looking forward to it."

Watson, Stackhouse game-time decisions

February, 4, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson (sprained ankle) and guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) sat out of practice Monday and are game-time decisions for Tuesday night's matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Guard MarShon Brooks also sprained his ankle during practice. Rookie Tornike Shengelia (concussion) remains out.

Point guard Deron Williams (sprained ankle) came back and practiced full after being limited Monday.

"My ankle's good," Williams said.

Bench Mob comes through

February, 1, 2013
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MarShon Brooks, Taj GibsonAP Photo/Kathy WillensMarShon Brooks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.
The Brooklyn Nets wouldn’t have eked out a win over the hard-nosed Chicago Bulls on Friday night without reserves Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks.

The duo -- part of the team’s "Bench Mob" -- combined for 20 points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Nets to prevail, 93-89, on Friday night at Barclays Center.

Blatche had all of his points (11), rebounds (three) and assists (three) in the final period, while Brooks added nine of his 13 as the Nets (28-19) rebounded from a 20-point loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

"Without them, we don’t win this game," said point guard Deron Williams, who shot 4-for-12. "They were huge -- especially when a lot of our starters didn’t have it tonight. Those guys came in and picked up the slack for us."

Nets All-Star center Brook Lopez, who had 20 points in the first three quarters, ended up sitting out the entire fourth.

"I wouldn’t say I went with Blatche over Lopez," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "That group [C.J. Watson, Williams, Brooks, Gerald Wallace and Blatche] was playing so good. I really didn’t want to take anyone out. Andray had it going and he was making good decisions."

So did Brooks. Carlesimo hinted that the 24-year-old shooting guard, who has been playing sporadically, wouldn’t get that many minutes against the Bulls because the matchups he would have weren’t favorable. But as it turns out, they were.

With the Nets trailing 67-63 heading into the fourth, Brooks scored nine of their first 11 points in the period, igniting a decisive 7-0 run that turned a one-point deficit into a six-point lead with a 16-foot jumper. Then Blatche took over from there.

"I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think P.J. would put Brook back in," said Blatche, who received his first extensive crunch-time minutes since Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson.

His biggest bucket turned out to be a reverse layup turned three-point play that gave the Nets an 89-84 lead with 1:06 left.

"I just wanted to be aggressive," Blatche said. "I wanted to try to attack the rim and get easy buckets. That’s about it."

As a result, the Nets improved to 11-19 against .500-or-better opponents (at time of game played), and 14-5 under Carlesimo.

"It was great to see," said Joe Johnson, who drained a key 3-pointer from well behind the arc late in the fourth to keep the Bulls at bay. "It was great for the bench guys to come in and give us a lift. They really closed the game out for us."

MarShon miffed at Lopez snub

January, 24, 2013
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After finding out Brook Lopez was not named an All-Star, Brooklyn Nets reserve swingman MarShon Brooks went to bat for his teammate.

“Name me a center playing better basketball than Brook Lopez right now??? Don’t worry, I’ll wait...” Brooks tweeted Thursday night.

“Best thing about Brook, he really doesn't care!! I'm pissed tho, he deserves it...”

Nets GM Billy King, after re-tweeting several upset tweets, tweeted, “I am speechless...”

Added power forward Reggie Evans: “WOW.”

• It would be unfortunate if Charles Barkley is right and the Eastern Conference coaches were “hating” on the Nets because they got their coach fired.

Lopez was a member of the Nets’ team that went 12-70 in 2009-10. He has never appeared in a playoff game before. Lopez played just five games last season due to a pair of right foot fractures, but came back strong this season and was playing like an All-Star -- without actually officially being one, anyway.

• If you want to consider it “good news,” at the least the team’s three best players get to rest (pending one of them being added to the roster).

Their backcourt has played a ton. Joe Johnson is averaging 38.3 minutes per game, while Deron Williams is logging 36.6 minutes a night.

By the way, Johnson had made the past six All-Star games, Williams the last three.

• According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team has won the NBA title in a season without an All-Star since the game began in 1951.

Johnson on facing Knicks: 'We owe them'

January, 18, 2013
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Joe Johnson, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson ChandlerJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJoe Johnson looks on as Jason Kidd, Melo and Tyson Chandler celebrate the Knicks' victory on Dec. 11.
From the day he was introduced at Borough Hall until now, Joe Johnson has proclaimed the Brooklyn Nets as the top team in New York City.

So far, that hasn’t been the case.

But Johnson and the Nets will get a chance to even the season series with their cross-river rival New York Knicks on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, when the two teams clash for a fourth and final time during the regular season.

“We’ve gotta go in there with the mind-frame that we know it’s going to be a hostile environment. And someway, somehow, we’ve gotta come out of there on top,” said Johnson, who has averaged 13.7 points on 37.5 percent shooting in the first three meetings between the two teams (1-2).

“They beat us the last two times, and we owe them.”

On Dec. 19, the Nets were beaten handily by the Knicks, 100-86, at MSG. At that point, they dropped to 13-12. Three games later, head coach Avery Johnson was fired. P.J. Carlesimo took over on an interim basis.

The Nets (24-16) have been a different team ever since. They’ll come into Monday afternoon’s matchup having won eight of nine and 10 of 12.

Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have been playing like superstars. MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic have gone from warming the bench to serving as valuable contributors. The entire roster -- 1 through 15 -- is beaming with confidence.

“It’s a really big game for us,” Williams said. “They’ve beaten us twice in a row. It’s a huge game. We’re only a couple games back of them, so it’s big.”

Ever since the Nets have gotten hot, the Knicks (25-13) have cooled down. They’re just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and lead the Nets by just two games in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Still, they just got tenacious perimeter defender Iman Shumpert back on Thursday -- the same day Amar’e Stoudemire finally had his first strong game of the season.

“I think they’re a lot better, too,” Williams said. “They have those guys back, which is definitely going to help their team. So it’s gonna be a battle.”

Gerald Wallace downplayed the game.

“The biggest thing for us is (playoff seeding),” he said. “Our goal is to win the division, so every game is important for us.”

But what about the rivalry? Nets. Knicks. Doesn’t get any bigger than this, no?

“Nah. Nah. I’m from Alabama,” Wallace joked.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8