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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 27: Andray Blatche #0 of the Brooklyn Nets waits to shoot a foul shot against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2013 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. 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 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blatche Scores 17, Nets Top Celtics 85-79

Andray Blatche scored 17 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 85-79 on Sunday night as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to their former home court for the first time since being traded last July.

01/27/2014

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Prokhorov Will Have To Settle For Global Games Title

In a season of unpredictable twists and turns, the Nets happen to be one of the hottest teams in the league right now after winning their sixth in seven games. But let’s be real — they’re not championship caliber.

01/17/2014

Paul Pierce of the Nets drives against Rashard Lewis of the Miami Heat during their game at the Barclays Center on Jan. 10, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nets’ Turnaround In Full Swing Following Double-OT Win Over Heat

Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

01/10/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams with head coach Jason Kidd (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Recent Winning Streak Not Tied To Kidd’s Wardrobe

I get this kind of logic from my kids all the time: A followed B, therefore B caused A. But I also know that, unless ties were preventing oxygen from flowing to his brain, there’s more to this streak than Kidd ditching his neckwear.

01/07/2014

Jason Kidd (right) and Deron Williams (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Hoping ‘Small Ball’ Will Cure Their Ailing Season

Whether it was a stroke of genius or dumb luck, Nets coach Jason Kidd concocted a new look for his team as it entered the New Year, pairing his two point guards.

01/05/2014

Los Angeles Clippers v Brooklyn Nets

Williams, Nets Top Cavs 89-82

Deron Williams scored 21 points, Paul Pierce added 17 while moving past Allen Iverson into 19th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-82 on Saturday night.

01/04/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Pierce, Williams, Nets, Fall To Pacers 105-91

Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

12/28/2013

Nets guard Shaun Livingston (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Livingston Steps Up Big As Nets Rebound From Christmas No-Show

Shaun Livingston scored 20 points, Mirza Teletovic came off the bench to add 19 and the Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak with a 104-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

12/27/2013

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets attempts a shot. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rock Bottom? Nets Lose By 17 To Bulls At Home, Drop Fourth Straight

Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15, and the Chicago Bulls routed the Brooklyn Nets, 95-78, on Wednesday.

12/25/2013

Paul Pierce (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets’ Paul Pierce Fined $15,000 For Flagrant Foul On George Hill

Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic ejection. The NBA said Tuesday that Pierce made “excessive and unnecessary contact.”

12/24/2013

Brook Lopez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

GM Billy King Says Nets Won’t Go Into ‘Panic Mode’ Following Lopez Injury

GM Billy King said that the Brooklyn Nets are disappointed by the latest injury to Brook Lopez, but are not in panic mode. Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.

12/22/2013

Brook Lopez (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Let’s Hold Off On Nets’ Obituary Following Lopez Injury

Brook Lopez’s broken foot might not be a death knell for the Brooklyn Nets.

12/21/2013

Deron Williams (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Anderson Solid, But Nets Beaten In Philadelphia On Shot At The Buzzer

Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

12/20/2013

Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards shoots against the Brooklyn Nets on December 18, 2013. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Loss Simple To Explain — Outworked By Hungrier Wizards

There are no excuses this time. Not injuries, coaching, the refs. This one was all about one team outworking the other. Washington was hungrier and ate the Nets for dinner.

12/19/2013

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center on December 12, 2013. The Nets defeat the Clippers 102-93.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Keep Paul Pierce Out Of Nets’ Starting Lineup

Much has been written about the precipitous decline in Kevin Garnett’s game, but the talk about Pierce has been in more hushed tones. His instincts can still be useful — as long as it’s in a reserve role.

12/13/2013

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