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    Brooklyn Nets Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets 4/5/2021 7:00 pm [Game #51]





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    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY MSG 7:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets
    Mitchell Robinson - foot surgery (OUT) Blake Griffin - Left knee (OUT)
    - Tyler Johnson - Right knee soreness (OUT)
    - Spencer Dinwiddie - Partially torn ACL (OUT)
    - Kevin Durant - Left hamstring strain (OUT)
    - Landry Shamet - Right ankle sprain (OUT)


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    The Brooklyn Nets return home to the Barclays Center on Monday, looking to bounce back from just their second loss in the last eight games, when the New York Knicks make the short trip to Brooklyn.

    The Nets, playing without James Harden on the first leg of a back-to-back Sunday, lost in Chicago, 115-107. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and dropped Brooklyn out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

    Kyrie Irving dished 15 assists against the Bulls and scored 24 points but went 0-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. Brooklyn knocked down 11-of-28 from beyond the arc as a team, but Chicago trumped the Nets' 48.4-percent field-goal shooting with a 55.1-percent effort.

    "Not enough movement and activity," Nets coach Steve Nash said of Brooklyn's offensive performance in his postgame press conference. "We were playing in tight spaces instead of making them guard in big spaces. Just wasn't a great offensive performance from us tonight."

    The 107 points that Brooklyn scored on Sunday marked its lowest output since 88 at Utah on March 24, which was also the Nets' last loss.

    Harden's absence due to a hamstring injury was his second straight. Nash said in a press conference Friday, when Harden missed the Nets' 111-89 rout of Charlotte, the nine-time All-Star and 2018 Most Valuable Player is day-to-day.

    Harden is averaging 26.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.9 rebounds per game in his 33 contests since joining Brooklyn in a trade from Houston.

    Fellow former MVP Kevin Durant, who has been out with a hamstring strain since Feb. 13, could return as early as Monday's matchup with the crosstown-rival Knicks. Adding a standout of Durant's caliber gives the Nets a boost in the late-season push for the top seed in the East, and could come amid other depth concerns for Brooklyn.

    The Nets lost reserve wing Tyler Johnson to an apparent knee injury during Sunday's loss.

    While Durant's return appears imminent, and Harden's injury should not keep him out long, the reunion of Brooklyn's Big Three is not of concern to the Knicks amid their own playoff push.

    "We're not really concerned about their Big Three," Julius Randle said in his postgame press conference after a 125-81 blowout of Detroit on Saturday. "We know what kind of basketball we will be able to play. We focus on our team and the game plan the coach draws up. That's all we're focused on: the Knicks."

    Randle finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, and Reggie Bullock added 22 points in the lopsided win.

    The Knicks are 0-2 this season against the Nets, dropping games both with and without Durant in the lineup. Randle posted 33 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the 117-112 New York loss on March 15, but Irving's 34 points and a 21-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist triple-double from Harden were too much for the Knicks to overcome.

    Randle leads New York in points, rebounds and assists at 23, 10.7 and 5.8 per game. RJ Barrett -- the Knicks' second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game -- finished with 23 points and shot 10-of-10 from the free-throw line in New York's last matchup with Brooklyn.

    --Field Level Media

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. The Knicks are in Brooklyn !!!

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    ESPN game so I’m watching and skipped work for the NCAA/Knicks doubleheader. At least Thibbs listened to me screaming at the TV! Kyrie was killing us DRose to the rescue with 2 quick buckets! Knicks up early and Harden limped out.

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    Knicks either lead 34 - 31 or 36 - 31 to end the 1st quarter depending upon results of review of a possible quarter ending buzzer beating dunk by Gibson.

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    No Durant. Harden out with injury in the 1st quarter. Only problem is that Kyrie is going atomic against us.

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    Julius Randle really playing well both scoring and facilitating in the 2nd quarter. We lead by 11.

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    Very much a game of Kyrie vs Randle. Knicks lead by 10 at the half. If Knicks come out sloppy to start the 2nd half, Kyrie can erase that lead in a minute with how he is playing.

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    Half-Time .. Knicks 67 - Nets 57
    The Nets super-star Harden caught a game injury 4 min into the game .. and poor Kyrie is a scorer not a game winner.
    The Nets loss to the Bulls last night, and tonight the Nets are on their way to another loss.
    Randle and a Fired-up Bullock's 19 pts showed some great chemistry in the first half.

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    It’s like there’s a moment in every game where Payton and RJ decide “time for some sloppy passing” and turn it over on 3 or 4 consecutive possessions.

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    Knicks get badly outplayed in the 3rd.

    Trail by 1 in the 4th.

    Another triple double for Randle.

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    You get so tired with how this team gets sloppy. Allows offensive boards, doesn’t get back on D, wasted possessions with sloppy passing. That doesn’t come from Thibs. That comes from not having the players you need.

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    Having Kyrie on the bench the Nets went on a 14-2 run to end 3rd qt 88-89 Nets.
    Randle & Rose are first-half players .. their 2nd half performance has been questionable since the start of March .. I watch Randle make 3 quick turnovers in the 3rd qt.

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    Randle with 12 assists. The next most anyone has is 2. Brooklyn is not a good defensive team, but they don’t need to be if they only need to worry about ball movement when your PF has the ball.

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    Payton and Quickley have been so ineffective that Thibs has no choice to go with Rose for heavy minutes.

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    Couple clutch shots from RJ to get us back within 1.

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