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Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets rejects a scoring play by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Send Message To Raptors — Don’t Mess With These ‘Dinosaurs’

It took me a few looks at the infamous Toronto Sun headline prior to Saturday’s Game 1. Raptors vs. Dinosaurs? Are they coming out with another sequel to Jurassic Park?

04/21/2014

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. (Credit CBS 2)

Eric Adams Sticks Up For Brooklyn After Raptors GM Drops F-Bomb

That’s the message Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is sending in response to the profanity that Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri heaved in the direction of New York City’s most populous bureau.

04/20/2014

Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Even With KG Back, Nets Need Blatche To Step Up In Playoffs

For now, Blatche is a really wild wild-card on the Nets. Many I know would prefer that coach Jason Kidd go with Mason Plumlee in relief. But I don’t agree.

04/07/2014

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd point guard Deron Williams look on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Kidd, Nets Blow Opportunity To Keep Pace In East

If Wednesday’s dreadful 110-81 drubbing at the hands of the rival Knicks at MSG showed us anything, it’s that Jason Kidd has much to learn no matter his record in any particular month.

04/03/2014

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce on March 23, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Small Nets Shock Mavericks With Big Comeback

That’s right. Jason Kidd, on his 41st birthday, outwitted the Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, a championship coach, with the game on the line.

03/24/2014

Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Johnson, Nets Edge Mavericks 107-104 In OT

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup in regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 107-104 Sunday night in Jason Kidd’s return to Dallas as a coach.

03/23/2014

Deron Williams dunks over Ish Smith of the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Lucky? Psshh! Red-Hot Nets Are Straight-Up Good

During an NBA season, I get that teams need luck by the barrel to compete on a nightly basis. However, I submit to you that this Nets run has gone well beyond cosmic fortune.

03/18/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: I Apologize To Jason Kidd — As Should A Lot Of Other People

Like so many, I implored the Nets to jettison their fledgling coach after they plunged to a 10-21 record to start the season. Then the Nets went 23-9 in 2014 before their loss to the Wizards last week.

03/17/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 and Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets talk to head coach Jason Kidd. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Looking To Prove They Can Hang With Big Boys In East

The “process,” as coach Jason Kidd likes to call it, has brought the Nets to this crucial juncture. A strong performance this week would send a message that Brooklyn belongs with more elite company.

03/10/2014

Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center on March 5, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Good Riddance To Nets’ 3rd-Quarter Curse

No matter how well the Nets played in the first half, we crossed our fingers and bit our nails to the bone for the next 12 minutes. Not any more. Unless I just jinxed it.

03/06/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: How Sweet It Is — Nets Finally Find Way To Beat Bulls

OK, so it wasn’t their Mount Everest — that would equate to the NBA title this nearly $200 million roster was expected to compete for before a 10-21 start put a damper on things — but I’ll take baby steps.

03/04/2014

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets stands on the court before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 26, 2014. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Makes Home Debut At Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

With the crowd chanting his name, Collins finally entered the game in the waning moments. He played just three minutes, had no points, one rebound and one steal.

03/03/2014

Paul Pierce drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pierce Scores 18, Nets Rebound In Rout Of Nuggets

The Nets didn’t take long to put their worst loss in more than 10 years behind them. “We looked fresh after the back-to-back,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.

02/28/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Don’t Believe In Kidd’s System, Or At Least They Play Like They Don’t

All NBA teams have off nights, but few are as feckless as the Nets were Wednesday night in Portland during their 120-84 shellacking.

02/27/2014

Jason Collins (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Finds A Welcoming Home In Nets’ Locker Room

Old teammate Jason Kidd coaches the team. Collins played with Joe Johnson in Atlanta and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston, and they are now the respected veterans in Brooklyn.

02/24/2014

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