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    Brooklyn Nets Game thread: New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets 2/16/2022 7:30pm [Game #59]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY ESPN, MSG 7:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks
    Kyrie Irving - sorry cuckoo in the brain (OUT) Ryan Arcidiacono - Left ankle sprain (QUEST)
    Kevin Durant - Knee (OUT) Derrick Rose - Ankle surgery (OUT)
    Joe Harris - Left ankle surgery (OUT) RJ Barrett - Left ankle sprain (OUT)
    Ben Simmons - Not so fast (OUT) Nerlens Noel - Sore left knee (OUT)


    Game Preview

    Moments after the Brooklyn Nets finished their first win in more than three weeks, cheering from the locker room was audible, and talk about a different environment highlighted the postgame comments.

    After ending their 11-game losing streak, the Nets will seek their first winning streak in nearly a month Wednesday night when they visit the New York Knicks.

    It will be Brooklyn's third game since the team granted James Harden's desire to be traded by sending him to Philadelphia. The return package included Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, with the latter two playing key roles in the Nets' first win since Jan. 21.

    Brooklyn ended the skid by never trailing in a 109-85 win over the Sacramento Kings that marked the Nets' fewest points allowed and lowest opponents' shooting percentage (34.4 percent) of the season.

    "The locker room, it's just a great vibe in there right now," Brooklyn's Bruce Brown said. "I don't know what it is. Everything just shifted after the trade deadline. Everybody likes everybody. It's just great."

    Curry led the Nets with 23 points, including 12 in the third quarter, while Drummond played effective defense on Domantas Sabonis and contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. Brown had a season-high 19 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 19 points and eight rebounds as the Nets shot 51.2 percent -- their best field-goal percentage since 52.8 in a 119-118 win at Washington on Jan. 19.

    The Knicks, meanwhile, are starting to run out of time in their quest for a play-in berth as they entered Tuesday's action 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Brooklyn and two games behind 10th-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference. New York is 3-12 in its past 15 since winning three straight Jan. 10-15.

    New York's rough stretch includes seven double-digit losses, and four of the past five defeats occurred in games when the Knicks led by double digits at some point.

    After blowing a 23-point lead in Saturday's 112-103 loss in Portland, the Knicks squandered an 11-point lead in the third quarter and were handed a 127-123 overtime loss Monday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    New York's latest losses are occurring as Julius Randle is in the midst of his best stretch of the season. Randle posted a triple-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists Monday, and he has tied a season high by getting at least 20 points in six straight games.

    "We're just letting a lot of them go, honestly," Randle said. "That's probably, like five, four losses of our last five were probably very winnable games, and the story and narrative probably (would be) a lot different."

    Randle is averaging 27.7 points in his past seven contests with double-doubles in six of those games, including the past four. His past three performances are coming without RJ Barrett, who has been out with a sprained left ankle.

    With Barrett ruled out again Wednesday, rookie Quentin Grimes likely will replace him in the starting frontcourt. Grimes scored 19 points Monday after getting 20 in Saturday's loss.

    The Nets are 9-3 in the past 12 meetings and began the season series with a 112-110 win in Brooklyn on Nov. 30.

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    Thanks, Rady.

    Miles McBride assigned back to the G league, so there goes that idea of playing him at PG with the 2nd unit.

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    Another example there is no reason to watch a NYK game rest of season…. Watching a bunch of vets lose, who won’t be here next year, is an exercise in futility. No thank you.

    Given how awful Rose has been working draft and free agency… I fear the hole will continue getting deeper and by this time next year we are back to being a talent-less 17-24 win team with no future.

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    Bench is on a 24-93 shooting streak… woah, that’s under 30% for those keeping score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Another example there is no reason to watch a NYK game rest of season…. Watching a bunch of vets lose, who won’t be here next year, is an exercise in futility. No thank you.

    Given how awful Rose has been working draft and free agency… I fear the hole will continue getting deeper and by this time next year we are back to being a talent-less 17-24 win team with no future.
    When Derrick Rose comes back I'll watch more, but now it's just a waste of time. Even when they win it's like, who cares?


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    The funny thing is that we’re still only 2.5 games out of the play-in with 24 games to play. We get the 10th seed and win 2, we’re still a playoff team. This new format means most teams are still in it until late in the season.

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    Caesars Sportsbook has Brooklyn the favorite to win the East. Looking at this Brooklyn team playing without KD, Kyrie, and Simmons, that seems crazy, but I guess a lot will change between Joe and the playoffs.

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    A reason to watch this team is the development of Quentin Grimes. He’s a rookie starting for us and playing at a high level. You’d like to think we can build around RJ and Grimes. I’m starting to think we’re going to completely mess up re-signing MRob, so I won’t include him.

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    Randle, Grimes, Kemba, and Fournier have all hit 3 pointers in the opening minutes to give us the early 7 point lead.

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    Yes, the MRob situation is another Leon Rose catastrophe. Aller begged them to trade him, build asset base… Sounds like he had a deal with DET….

    If Mitch walks and NYK get nada, then Rose let that happen bc Thibbs wanted to make a playoff run. How is this in the best interest of the long-term health of franchise?

    We shall see… But, the DET lottery pick would’ve been a nice get for MRob… 2 top 10 picks would make lots of us happy.

    But… yes… RJ and Grimes the only pieces… maybe Obi, IQ, Cam and Mitch?

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    Grimes with 8 points in 6 minutes.

    Knicks lead by 11.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. but still, the Knicks last game doesn't deserve a game-thread.

    38-18 Knicks first qtr. .. how long before Thibs lose the 20 pt lead ???

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    50-23…. Too bad Thibbs got RJ hurt in mop up duty. Had Knicks beaten POR and OKC, with this game… could’ve ridden 4 game winning streak into ASB.

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    I feel like I’m afraid to say anything at this point. I don’t want to invoke a jinx.

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    Quickley finds Obi behind the defense for the dunk.

    Year 1 was about being a flamethrower from 3. Year 2 has been about developing his play making. Can we hope that in year 3 Quickley puts the 2 pieces together?

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