Brooklyn Nets: Toronto Raptors

Notebook: Ross' diss, Hooters and merch

April, 17, 2014
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OK, so it’s not Paul Pierce and J.R. Smith going back and forth about the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks rivalry over the summer.

But Brooklyn’s players are well-aware that Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross said he “preferred” to face the Nets in the playoffs during a recent web chat with fans.

“Ross asked for this, so first of all they’ve got to back up their words,” Andray Blatche told reporters in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Added Mason Plumlee on WFAN Thursday: “You get what you wish for. I guess we’ll have to see what kinda series he has coming up.”

It certainly makes for an intriguing subplot, that’s for sure.

Bloomberg reports that Russian native Andrei Kirilenko is bringing five “Hooters” restaurants to Moscow.

Kirilenko said “the biggest challenge will be overcoming the notion that it’s a strip bar.”

• Brooklynnets.com writer Lenn Robbins has a terrific interview with Nets coach Jason Kidd that covers a wide variety of topics. It is well worth your time.

• The Nets had the seventh-highest selling merchandise among NBA teams at NBAStore.com, according to a league-issued press release.

Starting Five: Will Nets survive Raptors?

April, 17, 2014
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CLEVELAND -- Their playoff ticket has been punched, but which team will show up on Saturday when the Toronto Raptors play host to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs?

The Nets may be limping into the postseason, having lost four of their final five games, but the entire locker room is a firm believer in hitting the reset button.

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“I like right where we are,” said Nets coach Jason Kidd. “We are in a good place and playing some pretty good basketball as of late. We’ve rested and guys have gotten their work in at the same time of getting some of the injuries they’ve had -- some of the nicks and bruises -- healed. Now it’s time to figure out how to get a win on the road.”

Kidd, a rookie head coach armed with a $190 million roster, experienced a roller coaster of a season, seemingly hitting rock bottom around the New Year -- a five-game losing streak in November was met with a four-game losing streak in December -- only to propel itself into the sixth seed as a result of its turnaround in 2014.

But over the season’s final two weeks, the team has struggled to tally additional victories, losing twice to the neighboring New York Knicks, once to the Orlando Magic and once to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Injuries plagued the Nets throughout the duration of the season. Kidd lost key players (including point guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez, the latter suffering a season-ending ankle injury in March) for stretches of time. And while the team played well within the confines of the Barclays Center, winning 16 of their final 18 games, it has been the road that has given them fits.

“All four games that we played [against Toronto] were pretty tough games for us," said forward Andrei Kirilenko. “Nobody expected them to play so well this season, but they traded Rudy Gay and started to play better. I think it’s going to be a tough matchup, but if you want to be the best, you have to beat everybody.”

Coming in with the potential of being the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, the losing streak ultimately relegated the Nets to the sixth seed. Toronto, winners of the Atlantic Conference and owners of the third seed, will have home-court advantage during the first-round matchup. For the series, the Nets and Raptors split, each team winning twice -- once on the road and once at home.

“It’s like a new season starts right now,” Kirilenko said. “Right now, every game counts. Every possession set you play on the floor is important. Right now, it’s going to be very important to stay concentrated and keep our heads in the game.”

“It’s the playoffs,” Kidd echoed. “You come, it’s a new season, both teams are 0-0 and it’s the first one to four [wins].”

Question: What do you think of the Brooklyn’s chances against Toronto? Let us know in the comments section below.

In case you missed it: The playoffs are here, and the pressure is on.

Stat to know: The Raptors’ entire roster has 156 games of playoff experience. By comparison, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have played in 267 playoff games combined.

Up next: The Nets are off Thursday before returning to practice on Friday.

Starting Five: Tall order tonight vs. Toronto

March, 10, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams knows just how big Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors is.

“We dropped two to them,” Williams said, referencing the team’s 1-2 record versus Toronto. “We need it. We’re chasing them in the standings. They’re at the top of our division right now.”

The Nets (31-30) trail the first-place Raptors (35-26) by four games in the Atlantic Division standings with 21 games left.

Brooklyn should’ve beaten Toronto the most recent time the two teams met, but Williams committed two turnovers in the final minute and the Nets ended up throwing away a win.

Monday’s game marks the beginning of a huge stretch for the Nets, who face playoff-bound Miami (Wednesday) and Washington (Friday) on the road later in the week.

Brooklyn has won seven in a row at home, but is also 4-10 in the second game of back-to-backs.

And who knows who’s going to be available for the Nets, given the uncertain injury statuses of Kevin Garnett (back), Paul Pierce (shoulder) and Andrei Kirilenko (ankle).

Given how easy Toronto’s schedule is the rest of the way, the Nets need this one, like Williams said, in order to make up some valuable ground.

Question: How do you think the Nets will do Monday night? Let us know in the comments section.

Stat so: The Nets had an NBA-season low one offensive rebound Sunday night. Overall, they were outrebounded 53-27, but they registered 14 steals. That's the sixth straight time they’ve had as many as 12 steals in a game.

“It’s a trade-off we’re going to have to live with,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “That’s not just tonight, that’s been the whole season -- actually since the new year started. We have to find a way, since we’re not a very good rebounding team, to create opportunities and that’s by forcing turnovers.”

The Nets are 11-1 when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field; 13-0 when holding their opponents to less than 90 points; 23-5 when scoring 100-plus points; and they’ve won 23 in a row when leading at the half.

Up next: Nets versus Raptors at Barclays Center

Raps coach: I knew Nets' plan

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NEW YORK -- Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he knew what inbounds play the Brooklyn Nets were going to run.

And that knowledge led directly to Patrick Patterson's steal and game-winning jumper with six seconds left on Monday night.

“We knew exactly what Brooklyn was going to run,” Casey said. “Our defense was set. Kyle Lowry was on the ball because he had five fouls; we were going to take a foul if Brooklyn got it in, and we didn’t want to waste him with that foul.

“Usually we have our big man on the ball, and we have a special coverage that we have for that type of lineup. In a scramble situation, we had numbers, and Kyle Lowry had two or three options to throw the ball to. We made the right play at the end.”

The Nets had no timeouts left, which essentially forced triggerman Deron Williams to make a pass he really didn’t want to make. All of his other options were covered, so D-Will tried to get the ball to Joe Johnson in the backcourt. Obviously, it didn’t work.

“Pretty much Coach drew up a couple plays that he thought they were going to run. They wanted me to be out by half court, and whoever ran in that direction I would take,” Patterson said. “Luckily, I was in the right place at the right time, and I was able to gather the ball, which I then wanted to get to Kyle.”

Said Lowry, who assisted on Patterson’s game-winning make:

“I was on the ball, and we knew they did not have any timeouts. You know they have a million and one plays they could come up with, but we guessed right, and Patrick looked like Richard Sherman out there with that steal. I knew we were just going to go when we got the steal, because they were off-balance. I had a couple guys, but I just went with Pat and he made it.”

" John Salmons had a clear path to the basket on his layup that brought the Raptors within 103-102 with 12 seconds left. Why? Well, because Andrei Kirilenko got pushed out of the way by Amir Johnson. An offensive foul should have been called. It was not the only call the officials missed during what seemed to be a rough night for them.

" Jason Kidd defended his use of the team’s final timeout after Salmons’ basket because he wanted to replace Shaun Livingston and Kirilenko with better free throw shooters Johnson and Williams. Of course, it gave them no margin for error if their inbounds play didn’t work.

" Johnson shot 3-for-10 from the field and is 6-for-22 over his past three games. “It’s about rhythm,” he said. “Some nights, man, it finds you, and some nights it doesn’t. Probably the last three games, it hasn’t been the luck of the draw, so to speak, for me. But as a team, we’ve been playing pretty well. So I’ve been cool with it."

W2W4: Nets vs. Raptors

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The streaking Brooklyn Nets will look for some payback when they take on the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors Monday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

THE GREAT AVENGERS: The Nets (20-22) are 1 1/2 games behind the Raptors (22-21). After winning five straight, Brooklyn is 10-1 in January -- the only loss in Toronto Jan. 11. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Nets are the first team to start January 10-1 or better in back-to-back seasons since the 1995-96/1996-97 Chicago Bulls (11-0, 10-1). That’s pretty darn good company. Also: With a 10-1 record in January, the Nets have already clinched their best January winning percentage in their NBA history (38 years). Hmm ... sounds like Jason Kidd has a pretty good shot at this Coach of the Month award for January, huh?

MOVING ON: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett made their emotional return to Boston Sunday night. The tributes and the ovations for them were great. The game was ugly. Still, the Nets won. They are holding their opponents to 100.4 points per 100 possessions since Jan. 2, the fourth-best defensive efficiency rating in the NBA over that span. They are 8-0 when starting Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Pierce and Garnett, so there’s no reason to change anything, which means a fifth straight game of Deron Williams anchoring the second unit. Johnson is just 3-for-12 in his last two games, but the reserves have picked the starters up.

THE BIG THING IS ...: The Raptors won’t have leading scorer DeMar DeRozan (21.8 points per game), who didn’t travel due to an ankle injury. High-flying swingman Terrance Ross is coming off a franchise-record tying performance in which he poured in 51 points.

Who should the Nets rest before playoffs?

April, 14, 2013
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As Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said, "It's over."

His team's pursuit of the No. 3 seed, that is.

The Nets (47-33) lost to the Toronto Raptors, 93-87 on Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Center, meaning they'll open the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Nets officially have nothing to play for.

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AP Photo/Frank GunnDespite 30 points from Deron Williams, the Nets' pursuit of the East's 3-seed ended Sunday in a loss to Toronto.
Right now, health is their biggest concern. So who do they sit?

Deron Williams (30 points, seven assists) banged his left knee again. Joe Johnson (4-for-16) has looked fine, but had been dealing with a heel injury. Gerald Wallace has missed the last two games due to a lower left leg contusion. Maybe Brook Lopez? Keith Bogans?

"We're gonna have more serious conversations," Carlesimo told reporters in Toronto. "We don't need to get anybody hurt. We're not playing for anything. Going forward, now we've certainly gotta rest some people.

"We just gotta figure out who. There are some people we do not want to play in a back-to-back. There are some people that we probably don't want playing both games. And we certainly don't want to play them big minutes."

Carlesimo said he'll talk to players like Williams and Johnson, along with trainer Tim Walsh, before figuring out how he wants to proceed.

The Nets face the Washington Wizards on Monday night in the second-half of a back-to-back before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets will host Game 1 of the first round over the weekend -- but they don’t know who they're going to face just yet.

The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) are a game up on the Chicago Bulls (43-37) for the No. 5 seed. The Hawks end their season with the Raptors (Tuesday) and the New York Knicks (Wednesday); the Bulls end their season with the Orlando Magic (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday). Chicago owns the tiebreaker by virtue of winning its season-series with Atlanta, 2-1.

Now, the waiting game begins.

"At least there's some finality for the four spot -- we don't know if we're gonna play Chicago or Atlanta -- but at least there's some finality there," Carlesimo said.

Rapid Reaction: Raptors 93, Nets 87

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets will face the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs -- if both teams advance that far.

The Nets' minuscule chances of getting the No. 3 seed ended when they lost to the Toronto Raptors 93-87 on Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Center.

The Nets (47-33, 24-17 road), who fell to 30-5 against sub-.500 teams, had won their previous four games. They had locked up at least the No. 4 seed on Friday night in Indiana.

Brooklyn trailed by as many as 21 on Sunday before cutting its deficit to two late in the fourth quarter. The Nets wouldn't get any closer.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 30 points and seven assists. For the second straight game, he banged his left knee while trying to get around a screen late in the fourth quarter and went down, but stayed in.

Brook Lopez missed his first six shots and finished with 16 points. Joe Johnson shot just 4-for-16 from the field.

DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay combined to score 62 points for the Raptors.

WHO WILL THEY FACE? The Chicago Bulls (43-37) lost to the Heat earlier Sunday and fell a full game behind the Atlanta Hawks (44-36) in the race for the No. 5 seed.

SECOND IS THE WORST: The Nets were outscored 27-12 in the second quarter. They shot just 34.1 percent in the first half, 3-for-15 from 3-point range. Brooklyn's 32 first-half points were one shy of its season low.

NOT SO BAD IN THE THIRD: D-Will had 15 points in the third quarter and the Nets outscored the Raptors 27-19 in the period. They trailed 70-59 heading into the fourth.

INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace (leg) missed his second straight game. Keith Bogans started in Wallace's place and finished with six points on 2-for-7 shooting.

MR. T: Reggie Evans picked up his third technical foul in three games.

TWO: D-Will tied Jerry Stackhouse in dunks with his second of the season, on a breakaway late in the first quarter.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

QUESTION: Would you rest D-Will, Iso Joe and perhaps others for the final two games?

Gerald Wallace to miss Raptors game

April, 14, 2013
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Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will miss his second straight game, Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors, due to a lower left leg contusion, according to reports.

Keith Bogans will start in his place.

Everyone else is healthy enough to play, even point guard Deron Williams, who was banged up in Friday night's victory in Indiana.

Williams and shooting guard Joe Johnson have said they don't want to sit until the Nets are out of contention for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Brooklyn (47-32) needs to win out and have the Pacers (49-30) lose out to earn the third seed.

W2W4: Nets at Raptors

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The Brooklyn Nets play their final road game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon in Toronto. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:

STILL ALIVE: Even though the Nets (47-32, 23-17 road) clinched the No. 4 spot Friday night, they can move up to third if they win out and the Indiana Pacers (49-30) lose out. Brooklyn has won four in a row.

The Nets, who won their first three meetings with Toronto, haven't swept the Raptors (31-48) since 2002-03. Brooklyn is 29-4 against sub-.500 teams.

WILL THEY PLAY? Deron Williams (knee) and Joe Johnson (heel, though he looks healthy) said they don't want to sit if the No. 3 seed is still within reach. Makes sense. They want to avoid the defending champion Miami Heat as long as possible. Still, Williams is banged up and limped off the court after Friday night's game. Gerald Wallace (Leg) didn't play Friday night. It'll be interesting to see who plays and who doesn't.

INSIDE-OUTSIDE: During Brooklyn's four-game winning streak, Williams is averaging 26.3 points and 9.0 assists. Brook Lopez is averaging 23.3 points over that span.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Raptors 106

January, 15, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: Confidence is everything. And every player on the Brooklyn Nets appears to have it.

Using a balanced attack, the Nets won their season-high seventh game in a row, beating the pesky and shorthanded Toronto Raptors, 113-106, on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

It’s tied for the sixth-longest winning streak in franchise history. The Nets (23-15) are 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 15-0 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played).

Five Nets scored in double figures. They have won a season-high tying six straight games at home and are 11-3 against Eastern Conference opponents in their Brooklyn arena.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez, coming off a pair of subpar performances (10-for-30 shooting), posted 22 points and nine rebounds in just 29 minutes (10-for-10 free-throw line). It was his first 20-point performance since Jan. 4.

BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT:
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both played extremely well. Williams, who said before the game that he didn’t think he deserved to be an All-Star, scored 21 points and dished out seven assists. He has made 40 consecutive free throws. Williams appeared to tweak his ankle in the second quarter but played through it. Johnson, who will play the Hawks for the first time since being traded to the Nets on Wednesday night, had 14 of his 21 points in the second half.

STATS COOL: The Nets shot 49.4 percent from the field. They outscored the Raptors, 52-40 in the paint and led by as many as 15. Their bench scored 40 points.

IT’LL DO: The Nets outscored the Raptors 29-26 in the third quarter and led by as many as nine. They went 3-for-6 from 3-point range in the frame. Brooklyn’s big three had 23 points.

REALLY WEIRD: The Nets trailed by as many as 10 in the second quarter, and didn’t hit their first field goal until the 5:41 mark when Mirza Teletovic drained a 3. Teletovic wasn’t finished, though. He scored seven more points in the frame, and the Nets rallied back to take a 54-50 lead into the locker room.

STRANGE, ISN’T IT? The Nets missed 10 of their first 12 shots, then proceeded to close the first quarter by hitting 10 of their last 14. Brooklyn’s Big 3 combined for 21 during the first.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE: Jay-Z, Ron Darling

UP NEXT:
Johnson’s return to Atlanta. Nets at Hawks on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 94, Raptors 88

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets are no longer 0-for-December.

They snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with an ugly 94-88 win over the short-handed Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre.

After an abysmal first half, the Nets (12-9) caught fire from beyond the arc in the second -- going 9-for-11 from 3-point range -- led by as many 15 and held on late.

The Raptors (4-19) were without Kyle Lowry, Andrea Bargnani, Landry Fields, Linas Kleiza and Alan Anderson -- all due to injury. Amir Johnson was serving a one-game suspension for throwing his mouth piece at an official Monday.

BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT: Joe Johnson had 19 of his team-high 23 points in the second half, while Deron Williams’ struggles continued. D-Will missed five of his first six shots, went 3-for-11 in the first half and ended up with just 12 points and four assists on 5-for-16 shooting. His first good game of the season will have to wait.

QUIET STORM: C.J. Watson, who has been in what seems like a season-long funk, erupted for a season-high 16 points in 24 minutes off the bench. The backup point guard went a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

COMBO FOUR: Reggie Evans (starter) and Kris Humphries (reserve) combined for 20 points and 13 rebounds. Andray Blatche chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Blatche had an emphatic reverse dunk late in the game.

WHAT THE? One of the strangest things I’ve ever seen in an NBA game happened with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter, when official Courtney Kirkland came out of nowhere to try and block Humphries from taking a free throw because subs were checking into the game. There was a lot of confusion, followed by some laughter.

LOPEZ UPDATE: According to YES Network, Brook Lopez worked out on Wednesday and will do so again on Thursday before the Nets determine whether he can return to the lineup. Lopez missed his seventh straight game due to a mild right foot sprain. The Nets are 2-5 without him. Veteran Jerry Stackhouse joined Lopez on the inactive list, since Nets coach Avery Johnson doesn’t like playing him in back-to-back games.

TURNING IT AROUND: The Nets went 6-for-8 from 3-point range in a third quarter in which they outscored the Raptors 31-19 and erased an 11-point deficit. Johnson had nine points during the period and keyed an 18-5 run which allowed the Nets to re-take the lead.

U-G-L-Y: The Nets shot just 36.1 percent in the first half, went 1-for-8 from 3-point range and had 10 turnovers. They trailed 45-37 heading into the locker room. In the first quarter, Toronto’s starting frontcourt of Ed Davis and Jonas Valanciunas combined to go 9-for-10 and score 20 points.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pistons on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

W2W4: Nets at Raptors

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The Nets have lost a season-high five games in a row. Point guard Deron Williams told reporters after Tuesday night's loss to the Knicks that he hasn't played a good game all season. Both the Nets and D-Will will have another chance to turn it around Wednesday night in Toronto against the Raptors.

Here's what we'll be watching for:

SNAPPING THE SKID: The Nets (11-9) are 1-5 without center Brook Lopez in their lineup (101.8 points per game allowed on 49.9 percent shooting). They blew not one, but two double-digit leads in their latest loss. The Nets got off to a great start Tuesday night because they attacked the paint (they ended up plus-28) instead of setting for 3-point shots (they went 4-for-18 from beyond the arc). Unfortunately, their 3-point defense let them down and they couldn't stop Carmelo Anthony, who torched them for an opponent season-high 45 points.

Luckily for the Nets, the Raptors (4-18) aren't nearly as good as the Knicks. A great note from STATS LLC: The Nets have led by at least nine points in four games during their current funk. It's time to actually hold on to one.

MORE ON THE SKID: During its five-game losing streak, Brooklyn is being outscored 105 to 97.4 and has allowed four of the five opponents to score more than 100 points. The Nets are allowing their opponents to shoot 50.9 percent from the field, including 45.4 percent from 3-point range (8.8 triples per game).

THAT BAD, HUH? D-Will is shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the field and averaging just 16.9 points per game -- his lowest scoring output since 2006-07, his second season in the NBA. He did have 18 points and 10 assists on Tuesday night, though he called it a "average game." D-Will is obviously his toughest critic. He does need to pick up his play, though. Melo looks far-and-away like the best player in New York right now. Both teams' records speak to that.

CAN'T FORGET ABOUT DRAY: Andray Blatche has averaged 18.2 points per game in place of Lopez. On Tuesday night, he went for a season-high 23 on 9-for-13 shooting, while outplaying Knicks center Tyson Chandler (five points, seven rebounds). Blatche failed to come up with a rebound late in the game, but has still been tremendous this season.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 107, Raptors 100

November, 3, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: More than 55 years after the Dodgers played their final game in Brooklyn, the Nets opened their regular season in the borough with a 107-100 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at the $1 billion Barclays Center.

The Nets were supposed to tip off the 2012-13 campaign against the New York Knicks on Thursday, but Hurricane Sandy had other ideas. Despite a lack of mass transit due to the superstorm, a sellout crowd of 17,732 came out to cheer on the Nets on Saturday.

BROOKLYN'S BACKCOURT: Deron Williams, the $98 million man, had a solid game, scoring 19 points while dishing out nine assists in 39 minutes. Nineteen seconds in, Williams drained a 14-foot jumper from the left wing for the first points in Brooklyn Nets history. D-Will's backcourt mate, Joe Johnson, also fared pretty well. In his Nets debut, Johnson finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes.

Defensively, however, both need to pick it up. Toronto's starting guards, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, combined to score 53 points.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez attacked in the post early and often, getting to the free throw line 15 times (making 11, including his last 10 in a row) en route to a team-high 27 points -- three of which came on a crucial three-point play with 59.4 seconds remaining that made it 100-95 and prompted "Brooooklynnnn" chants from the crowd.

In typical Lopez fashion, he grabbed just five rebounds.

QUIETSTORM: If Saturday night's game was any indication, C.J. Watson is primed for a breakout year. The 28-year-old backup point guard, known to many as "Quietstorm," scored 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter to spark the sluggish squad. He finished 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. With the Nets up 94-92 late in the fourth quarter, Watson's drive and running layup with two minutes left allowed them to stay ahead.

MAR-SHON: Embattled reserve guard MarShon Brooks made sure the Nets wouldn't blow a 14-point lead, hitting a pair of clutch shots in the fourth quarter. The second-year pro had eight points in 18 minutes off the bench.

CRASH LANDING: Gerald Wallace appeared to hurt his left ankle when he tried to block a Lowry shot with 27.7 seconds remaining in the game. Wallace left the game shortly thereafter, limping off under his own power. He was undergoing X-rays.

BAD START: The Nets, who want to finish in the top third in the league defensively, allowed the Raptors to score 35 points in the first quarter on 62.5 percent shooting. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 10 in the opening period but outscored Toronto 33-17 in the second to take an eight-point lead to the break.

IN THE CROWD: Jay-Z and Beyonce (next to the Nets' bench), owner Mikhail Prokhorov (in his suite above Section 108), NBA commissioner David Stern, Brooklyn Dodgers Ralph Branca and Joe Pignataro.

UNVEILINGS: The Nets finally sported their home white uniforms after wearing their black roadies all preseason. Also, "BrooklyKnight," the team's new mascot, made his debut.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Timberwolves, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Fields: Knicks fans defecting to Brooklyn?

November, 3, 2012
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Landry Fields went out to dinner with some friends in New York City on Friday night, and the former Knicks guard couldn't believe what a fan told him.

"A guy came up to me and was talking about switching teams -- from New York to Brooklyn -- and I feel like that goes against what every Knicks fan actually says," said Fields, whose Raptors will take on the Nets in the first regular-season game at the $1 billion Barclays Center on Saturday night.

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"So I think you'll have some of them change over, and some of them won't."

Asked if he thought this was the same Nets franchise he had seen the past couple years, Fields replied, "After looking at all this, no, but we'll see how it is out there on the court."

Fields was part of a dynamic backcourt with Jeremy Lin last season in New York. Now, neither is a Knick. Both were restricted free agents, but the Knicks elected to let them sign elsewhere.

Fields, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Toronto, watched on Friday night as Lin finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to help the Rockets improve to 2-0 on the young season.

"I texted him and I told him, 'Great game. Keep it up. It's something where if you keep it up all season, you'll shut a lot of mouths,'" Fields said.

Fields also saw the Knicks beat up on the defending champion Heat.

"They shot the ball real well from 3-point range," Fields said. "They had a lot of guys in double figures. That team has really come together. We'll see what they do the rest of the year."

Asked if he can foresee the Knicks making a postseason run, Fields said their chances are "pretty good."

"They've got some good pieces," Fields said. "(The) odds are in their favor."

Fields figures it's going to be a tough one against the Nets as they look to open their brand-new arena with a victory.

"It's gonna be a big night for them, an emotional night," Fields said.

Transportation to and from Barclays Center

November, 2, 2012
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The Brooklyn Nets are hosting their first regular-season game at Barclays Center, against the Toronto Raptors, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Given disruptions and closures to transportation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Nets are issuing the attached transportation advisory for guests, which is also available at www.BrooklynNets.com and www.BarclaysCenter.com.

Fans are encouraged to monitor www.mta.info for updates for subway and commuter rail availability.

Highlights of the transportation plan include:

Special free shuttle buses: The Brooklyn Nets have leased a fleet of Best Trails and Travel buses to offer fans free round-trip transportation on a first-come, first-served basis from Manhattan, at Ninth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets, to Barclays Center. The first bus will depart at 4:30 p.m., with five additional buses arriving for pickup approximately every 15 minutes. After the game, passengers can re-board the buses on Atlantic Avenue, directly across the street from Barclays Center, near South Portland Avenue, to return to Manhattan.

MTA buses: All MTA Brooklyn bus routes have been restored with limited service. However, the MTA will be providing additional buses to the routes serving the arena as necessary for both the pre- and postgame periods. Eleven bus lines stop near the arena: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67, B69, and B103. In addition, the MTA will continue to offer free buses from Manhattan's East Side, with pickup at 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, and which will be stopping at Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street, one block west of the arena. The trip will make six stops.

Subways/LIRR: Some subway and LIRR lines are working and will bring fans to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center or LIRR Atlantic Terminal. The D, R, 4 and 5 trains from Brooklyn stop at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, and the A train is stopping at nearby Lafayette Avenue. There is currently no subway service between Manhattan and Barclays Center. LIRR service will be operating hourly between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica only.

Parking: Ticketholders are encouraged to utilize the Barclays Center pre-paid parking system, operated by Click and Park, at www.BarclaysCenter.com through which they can reserve parking spaces in a specific lot located within easy walking distance of the arena. There are 18 parking facilities with approximately 3,500 parking spaces available within a half-mile radius of the arena. There are also five remote parking facilities within a mile of Barclays Center, with more than 1,200 spaces.

Black cars: For patrons utilizing black cars, drivers must be notified that no-idling laws will be strictly enforced. A drop-off/pickup zone is available on the east-bound side of Atlantic Avenue, between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.

Yellow taxis: Fans are reminded that yellow taxis in the city will be picking up multiple passengers.

Bicycle parking: Barclays Center offers a free and secure bicycle parking lot for 400 bikes at the corner of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, just steps from the Dean Street entrance.

Carpooling: Barclays Center encourages carpooling. The Click and Park pre-paid reservation system offers discounted parking passes for HOV vehicles; HOV status is three people per vehicle or proof of purchase of a minimum of three tickets to the game.

Additional staffing: Barclays Center will offer additional staff stationed outside the arena in key locations to assist patrons with logistical travel issues, etc.

Early arrival encouraged: In order to spread out traffic and make transportation easier overall, Barclays Center is opening its doors to patrons at 5:30 p.m. A special offering on food in the arena will be in place from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Entrances: The following are the arena's three general entrances and one VIP entrance.
• Geico Atrium, the Main Entrance, located at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. The American Express Box Office is located here.
• EmblemHealth Atlantic Entrance, northeast corner of arena on Atlantic Avenue.
• EmblemHealth Dean Entrance, southeast corner of arena on Dean Street.
• Calvin Klein VIP Entrance, northwest corner of arena on Atlantic Avenue.

The Brooklyn Nets are marking this historic game by offering a variety of entertainment and highlights during the evening.

• The Brooklyn Nets Super Hero will be unveiled just before the Nets' pregame player introductions.

• The team will introduce its new anthem, "Brooklyn: Something To Lean On," written and recorded by Brooklyn's own John Forté, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer.

• The American National Anthem will be sung by Chrisette Michele, an R&B singer-songwriter, and the Canadian National Anthem will be performed by Lorenzo Bell.

• Brooklyn Nets Opening Night Commemorative T-shirts will be distributed to every fan in attendance.

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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

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