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Lichtenstein: Nets’ Second-Half Offense Has Avery Johnson On The Hot Seat

With more than a quarter of the season in the books, Johnson’s honeymoon is over and he has run out of mulligans. As the Nets travel to Manhattan, Johnson’s team is on life support.

12/19/2012

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Lichtenstein: Nets’ Heavy Diet Of Isolations Can’t Beat NBA Elite

A new city, arena and roster have stepped up new expectations. It’s no longer acceptable for the Nets to merely beat up on the weak. This team is built to contend now.

12/16/2012

Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Marco Belinelli of the Chicago Bulls on December 15, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bulls Force Nets Into Turovers, Pull Out Hard-Fought Win Over Nets

Turnovers cost the Nets as the Bulls won 83-82.

12/15/2012

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Lichtenstein: Welcome Back, Jason Kidd

Usually a heartbreaking Nets loss like this has me frothing at the mouth, with excessive complaints about my team. Oh, they still exist, but I’m choosing to refrain for one day.

12/12/2012

Paul Pierce #34 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics fight with Kris Humphries #43 of the Brooklyn Nets while security and referees attempt to break it up. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Take The Fight To Celtics To Stake Claim As Road Warriors

Even after the brawl, there was little that the Celtics could do about it anyway, thanks to all the weapons remaining in the Nets’ arsenal. It wasn’t a fair fight.

11/29/2012

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks and Gerald Wallace #45 of the Brooklyn Nets battle for the ball at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Thrilling Win Just The Beginning Of Beautiful Rivalry With Knicks

For nearly three hours, both teams competed for each New York basketball fan’s heart — if not always very well, then certainly with all their might. The lead changes, missed opportunities and curious strategy all had me on the cusp of detonation.

11/27/2012

Brook Lopez (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) and Tyson Chandler (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are In Tune As The Knicks Head To Brooklyn

The symbolism of Monday night’s game will supersede anything that will be relevant to the ultimate composition of the 2012-13 regular-season standings.

11/26/2012

Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Andray Blatche #0 of the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Andray Blatche Was M.I.A. In L.A.

Forget the 24-hour rule — I want to file a missing person report. It seems that Nets backup center Andray Blatche inexplicably disappeared sometime early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 95-90 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

11/21/2012

Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Reggie Evans #30 of the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Hang Tough With Lakers, But Ultimately Fall Short In D’Antoni’s Debut

Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in Mike D’Antoni’s sideline debut.

11/21/2012

Avery Johnson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Silverman: The Nets’ Victory Over The Celtics Was Nice, But It Proved Nothing

While a win over the Celtics in mid-November is nice, it’s not the same thing as beating that team in green in April. Thursday night’s game was a good win for the Nets, and it should fuel their confidence and desire. However, it proved nothing.

11/16/2012

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Lichtenstein: Who Cares Whether Nets’ Win Over Rondo-Less Celtics Was A Statement?

As “statement games” go, the Nets’ 102-97 victory over Boston last night should probably be declared in a whisper.

11/16/2012

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Lichtenstein: Talent, Not Arena, Giving Nets Boost At Home

Forget the glitz. I wanted to know, was this going to be a building that rocked for a team it truly loved, like in Boston? In the fourth quarter, could the crowd boost their team through adversity, like in Manhattan?

11/14/2012

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Lichtenstein: This Weekend A Good Test To See What The Nets Have Learned

This is as good a weekend as any to see if the Nets learned anything from their initial missteps. I want to see the Nets step on the Magic’s throat and not let go until the game is safely out of reach. Study the Heat film for tips.

11/08/2012

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Lichtenstein: Johnson Asleep At Wheel As Nets Blow Lead

Let’s be honest — the days of acceptable losses ended when the team ditched N.J.

11/06/2012

Brook Lopez and Deron Williams. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Nets Open Barclays In Style, Defeat Raptors In Home Debut

The Nets opened the Barclays Center in winning fashion as they defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100.

11/03/2012

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