Paul Pierce

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

The Nets' Shaun Livingston, right, drives against Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics during a game at the Barclays Center on March 21, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Trounce Celtics, Run Home Winning Streak To 11

Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won their 11th straight at home, beating the Boston Celtics 114-98 Friday night.

03/21/2014

Joe Johnson is introduced before the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Barclays Center on March 19, 2014. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Finally Enjoying Privileges Of Home Cooking

NBA teams are supposed to thrive at home, with the added boost from fans and friendly whistles from referees. Yet Brooklyn might as well have been deemed a neutral site last year.

03/20/2014

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

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots over Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Embracing Scoring Diversity In Turnaround

The Nets have had 10 different players this season score over 20 points in a game, tied for the second-most in the league. 11 different Nets have earned game-high scoring honors.

03/13/2014

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat shoots as times expires in the 3rd quarter during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on March 12 2014. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Get Heat Again, Win 96-95

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95 on Wednesday night.

03/13/2014

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets gets the crowd pumped up against the Toronto Raptors on March 10, 2014 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Here’s The Truth — Few Can Match Toughness Of Paul Pierce

Pierce, wearing protective tape on his shoulder, gutted through 30 minutes on Monday night and, when the game was on the line, he delivered the key stroke.

03/11/2014

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

INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 1: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 1, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul Pierce Leaves Game Against Sacramento With Sore Right Shoulder

Paul Pierce left the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night after suffering a sore right shoulder in the opening minutes and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

03/09/2014

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

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

D.J. Augustin of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass while guarded by Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets on February 13, 2014. (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 3 Conundrums Nets Need To Solve In Season’s 2nd Half

One night’s hero is often a non-factor the next game, which has some praising the Nets for their remarkable depth. Others prefer to blast them for their inconsistency.

02/17/2014

Ramon Sessions #7 of the Charlotte Bobcats shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during a game at the Barclays Center on February 12, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul Pierce Scores 25, Nets Beat Bobcats 105-89

Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets over the Charlotte Bobcats 105-89 on Wednesday night.

02/13/2014

Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers in a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets during a game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Hold Off 76ers 108-102; End 3-Game Skid

Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Deron Williams added 21 and the Brooklyn Nets stopped a three-game losing streak by holding on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-102 on Monday night.

02/04/2014

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