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    Brooklyn Nets Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets 3:00 1/15/2018 [Game #44]





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    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY MSG 3:00 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets
    No injuries to report Tyler Zeller - Sore left hip (PROB)
    - D’Angelo Russell - Left knee surgery (OUT)
    - Isaiah Whitehead - NBA G League assignment
    - Jeremy Lin - Ruptured patella tendon, right knee (OUT)

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    NEW YORK -- The road struggles of the New York Knicks already are a focal point. Their issues away from midtown Manhattan are about to become even more magnified if they continue.

    The Brooklyn Nets would like to be the opponent handing the Knicks another road loss.

    The Knicks start their season-high seven-game road trip Monday afternoon when they cross the East River to face the Nets at Barclays Center.

    "Those are trips that in the past, that teams I have been on, teams our coaches have been on, teams some of our players have been on, that can turn things around," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You go out there and somehow win five of seven road games, all of a sudden your mentality becomes that much different. We're looking at it as an opportunity. We'll see if we can rise to it."

    New York (19-24) owns a 4-15 record outside of Madison Square Garden and its four road wins are tied with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz for the fewest in the league. The difference is that its 19 road games are the second fewest in the league, only one behind Charlotte.

    New York, which averages 99.5 points in road games, is going on this trip because the Grammy Awards are being staged at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28 and they're inheriting the "Grammy Trip" previously forced on the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers in recent seasons.

    New York's trip will feature five games against teams with losing records, though the quality of the opponent doesn't seem to matter in its road games. One of its four road wins occurred Dec. 14 in Brooklyn when Courtney Lee scored 27 points after Kristaps Porzingis injured a knee in the first half of a 111-104 victory.

    The Knicks were 15-13 after beating the Nets for the second time this season but are 4-11 in their last 15 games after blowing a 19-point lead in a 123-118 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

    New York also is 3-10 in its last 13 games since Porzingis returned from the knee injury. He is averaging 20.2 points in those games but shooting 37.1 percent.

    On Sunday, the forward scored 25 points, but only three after the third quarter, and he was 1 of 7 from the floor in the fourth quarter and overtime when the Knicks were outscored 41-22 while missing 22 of 31 shots.

    "So, so many similar games like this," Porzingis said after the Knicks fell to 15-7 when leading or tied after three quarters. "It's painful. We need to do a better job at the end of games. It's simple.

    "They made some good plays, but today one quote popped through my mind. It was, 'A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.' So we just have to stay positive and try to find something positive."

    New York is hoping to find something positive in a stretch that will see them play 17 of the next 23 on the road because of the Grammy Awards, and the Big Ten and Big East conference tournaments in late February and early March.

    Meanwhile, the Nets (16-27) are in the middle of playing 15 of 23 games at home through the All-Star break. After losing the final two games of their five-game homestand against Toronto and Detroit, the Nets split a back-to-back set by beating Atlanta on Friday and losing in overtime at Washington on Saturday.

    Brooklyn is 5-11 in its last 16 games since the meeting with the Knicks after trailing by as many as 23 points in a 119-113 loss on Saturday. Of their 27 defeats, 11 are single-digit losses when the Nets have trailed by double-digits at some point, including last month when the Knicks led by 18 points.

    "It's a recurring theme with our team this year," Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. "We're in so many close games."

    Dinwiddie is right. In games decided by five points or less, the Nets are 9-8, but in games when Brooklyn has trailed by double-digits at some point, it is 4-23.

    The Nets will be looking to get off to a better start than Saturday, when they trailed by 20 at halftime. They also will hope to see the version of Dinwiddie who nearly had a triple-double Friday and not the one who was 4 of 16 Saturday.

    "We had a good second half, fought hard, but we can't come out the way we did to start," Brooklyn guard Caris LeVert said. "We just came out sluggish, not cutting hard on offense, not fighting through screens on defense. The score got out of hand early."

    New York has won six of the last 10 meetings after Brooklyn swept the four-game season series in 2014-15.

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    Thanks again, Rady.

    Back to back games, following a big 2nd half collapse for a loss yesterday, let’s see if Hornacek finds it in his heart to grace Noah, WHG, Baker, or Burke with any playing time tonight.

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    Thanks Rady. Timmy out for the back to back but may be the starter next game which means LT back to the bench. Horn wasn't that upset with yesterday's loss with no changes in the starting lineup. Looks to me that Horn thinks Trey doesn't play D well enough to get playing time over Jack and Nits so I think we wait until we see him, maybe in garbage time of a game.

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    Trey Burke is PLAYING. Trey with his first 2 Knicks points on a 16 ft jumper from the right wing.

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    Trey gets his first dime, simple pass to KP for a 13 ft jumper. Makes his 2nd dime to WHG for his short bank shot. He looks like the guy that can make things happen but his size limits his D.

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    Frank tried to make a highlight dunk and Allan came up to block it but fouled him. Two things, the Nets gave him an opening but he doesn't have the foot speed to beat anyone, Allan had to cover 10 ft and he blocked Nits shot but fouled him. The second thing is Nits tried a two hand hammer, I don't think he can cup it and dunk one handed.

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    Knicks take a 52-42 lead at the half, Horn had some interesting lineups on the floor in the first half because he played everyone except Noah and Timmy. Burke 3 pts and 2 dimes in 6 minutes, did enough to deserve a closer look.

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    This game has the look of the Pels game. Nets shooting 32 percent 23% from 3, Nets may turn it on like the Pels, they don't have an AD thankfully. Their big money shooter Crabbe hasn't scored.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Knicks take a 52-42 lead at the half, Horn had some interesting lineups on the floor in the first half because he played everyone except Noah and Timmy. Burke 3 pts and 2 dimes in 6 minutes, did enough to deserve a closer look.
    Not really able to watch the game because of child care necessitating other things on the TV, but from the box score it looks like Hornacek has played 12 guys so far today, even with THJ out, after only playing 10 guys in yesterday’s OT loss.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    This game has the look of the Pels game. Nets shooting 32 percent 23% from 3, Nets may turn it on like the Pels, they don't have an AD thankfully. Their big money shooter Crabbe hasn't scored.
    Yeah, I doubt NYK lose this one; I would’ve rested KP to ensure the loss.... but apparently this organization is cool with drafting 11th instead of 6th.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Yeah, I doubt NYK lose this one; I would’ve rested KP to ensure the loss.... but apparently this organization is cool with drafting 11th instead of 6th.
    This is a game we have to lock up and lose. Philly and Charlotte won today, Chicago is currently winning...I mean come on WHAT ARE WE DOING?

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    CLee almost injures himself on a Net turnover when Quinn throws him a full court pass that is slightly over his head but he catches it but his foward momentum makes him miss the shot and he goes tumbling into the area behind the basket.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Yeah, I doubt NYK lose this one; I would’ve rested KP to ensure the loss.... but apparently this organization is cool with drafting 11th instead of 6th.
    Nets pull within 2, Nits hits a jumper to make it a 4 pt lead but Carroll hits a jumper at the buzzer to pull within 2 at the buzzer. 83-81 Knicks, Nets improved their 3pt % from 23% to 30% in the 3rd, lets hope they stay cold in the 4th.

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    Nits 3-5 today. Him and Baker hit 3s to expand the lead back to 10 when the Nets had gotten it down 2.

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    Thats why the Nets aren't going to comeback, Jarret Allen makes a spin move to get open under the rim but misses his layup, he ain't AD.

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