Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
All NBA teams have off nights, but few are as feckless as the Nets were Wednesday night in Portland during their 120-84 shellacking.
For all the dollars Mikhail Prokhorov tossed at a roster full of stars, it was one of the last he spent, on a league-minimum contract no less, that has given Brooklyn a chance at salvaging the season.
Deron Williams returned to the Brooklyn Nets in a reserve role and Pablo Prigioni started for the Knicks as both New York teams got point guards back Monday.
The Nets have been hit by major injuries throughout the season. Head coach Jason Kidd has noticed guard Joe Johnson stepping up his game.
At six-foot seven and with a lengthy wingspan, Livingston’s size wrecked havoc on Miami on both ends. Livingston played 51 of the 58 minutes and filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 3 blocked shots.
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.
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.
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.
All that was missing was the heroic cry, “Here I come to save the day!” Deron Williams was his old high-stepping self Tuesday in leading the Nets to a 104-96 victory over Boston.
Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd seems to be out of answers after going with the end of his bench for much of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s loss.
Jason Kidd has options. Now is the time to start using them instead of doing nothing and allowing this early derailment to cause a full-blown train wreck.
This year’s Nets team has the potential to be off the charts, with far superior depth to support a starting five that has accumulated 35 All Star appearances
I’m begging the Nets to make sure this issue is fixed this time before putting Williams out on the floor. And a little honesty wouldn’t hurt, either.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says “this is the window” for his retooled team to push for a championship.