The Brooklyn Nets walk to the court before the game against the New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.

04/02/2015

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 1: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the New York Knicks on April 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Edge Knicks On Lopez’s Tip, Tie For 7th In East

Brook Lopez’s follow shot with 2 seconds left gave the Brooklyn Nets their fifth straight victory and a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, as they beat the New York Knicks 100-98 on Wednesday night.

04/02/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets battles for position against the Indiana Pacers on March 31, 2015 at Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Brook Lopez’s Reinvention Spurs Nets’ Rise Up Standings

Now it’s not what will the Nets do if he decides to stay and keeps the team in luxury tax hell for another year, but how in the world can the Nets allow Lopez to leave if he opts out?

04/01/2015

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates during a game against the Indiana Pacers on March 31, 2015 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Top Pacers To Reclaim 8th Spot In East

Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 on Tuesday night.

04/01/2015

Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

Nets Keep Up Playoff Push, Beat Lakers For 3rd Straight Win

Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets kept up their playoff push by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 107-99 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

03/30/2015

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the Nets’ Brook Lopez, middle, on March 27, 2015 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Shut Down LeBron In Second Half, Cool Off Cavaliers

Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak with a 106-98 victory on Friday night.

03/27/2015

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches from the stands as his team plays the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 12, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Knicks, Nets At The Bottom Of ESPN Rankings Of Top NBA Front Offices, Executives

The Knicks and Nets are taking a beating — not just on the court and from fans, but also from the experts at the “worldwide leader.”

03/26/2015

Brook Lopez (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lopez Scores 34, Nets Edge Slumping Hornets 91-88

Brook Lopez had 34 points and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets handed the slumping Charlotte Hornets their fifth loss in their last six games, 91-88 on Wednesday night.

03/26/2015

Derek Stepan #21, Kevin Hayes #13 and Keith Yandle #93 of the New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Anaheim Ducks on March 22, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.

03/24/2015

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee fights for a rebound with Boston's Kelly Olynyk on March 23, 2015 at Barclay Center. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are Down — But In The East, They’re Far From Out

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. This is the regret not of a mobster, but of a Brooklyn Nets fan.

03/24/2015

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Avery Bradley #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots against the Brooklyn Nets on March 23, 2015 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Don’t Do Themselves Any Favors In Loss To Celtics

Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff position.

03/24/2015

Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets defends the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on March 21, 2015 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lopez Scores 26 To Lead Nets Past slumping Pacers 123-111

Brook Lopez had 26 points and four blocked shots to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 123-111 victory over the slumping Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

03/21/2015

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 20: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 20, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lopez, Nets Edge Bucks 129-127 In Triple Overtime

Brook Lopez had 32 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, helping the Brooklyn Nets to a 129-127 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the second triple-overtime meeting between the teams this season.

03/21/2015

Deron Williams (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

Deron Williams: Kentucky Making NBA Playoffs? That’s ‘Ridiculous’ And ‘Crazy’

The Nets (27-39) are currently on the outside looking in in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and point guard Deron Williams dismissed Brown’s comment as “crazy” and “ridiculous.”

03/20/2015

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