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Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets attempts to drive against the Atlanta Hawks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Disrespected Nets Could Save NBA From 1st-Round Doldrums

Considering the number of lopsided series in the first round, Monday’s Game 4 between the Nets and Hawks is a must-see event for all NBA fans.

19 hours ago

Deron Williams reacts after missing a basket in the final seconds of the Brooklyn Nets' 96-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Once Again, Nets’ D-Will Comes Up Small In Huge Moment

A Little League coaching colleague of mine has this saying: “You can’t hide in baseball.” It turns out that it’s also true in basketball.

04/23/2015

Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Will Regret Not Capitalizing On Hawks’ Subpar Performance

This was the game the Nets were praying for — and yet they still fell short. Don’t count on it occurring again in Game 2.

04/20/2015

The Brooklyn Nets during a game against the Orlando Magic on April 15, 2015 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Made The Playoffs! Now, Can They Win A Game?

For whatever cosmic reasons, the Nets will be competing in games with even more meaning. I was wrong about whether they would get there. That won’t stop me from putting on my soothsayer hat again.

04/16/2015

Deron Williams against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 12, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Count ‘Em Out — Nets Done After Brick-Fest In Milwaukee

The only thing consistent about this team has been their inconsistency. Here’s one thing you can count on, though: On Wednesday, the Nets will be counted out.

04/13/2015

Jarrett Jack (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Playoff Hopes On Brink Of Being Hi-Jacked

Unfortunately, these are your 2014-15 Nets, folks. And if there’s one player who embodies the Brooklyn fans’ frustrations, it’s Jarrett Jack.

04/09/2015

Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to a call by the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Hollins Needs To Find A Way To Get Better Bench Production

The Nets have come back from the abyss to now own their postseason destiny. They have three home games this week, two of which are winnable.

04/06/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets battles for position against the Indiana Pacers on March 31, 2015 at Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Brook Lopez’s Reinvention Spurs Nets’ Rise Up Standings

Now it’s not what will the Nets do if he decides to stay and keeps the team in luxury tax hell for another year, but how in the world can the Nets allow Lopez to leave if he opts out?

04/01/2015

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee fights for a rebound with Boston's Kelly Olynyk on March 23, 2015 at Barclay Center. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are Down — But In The East, They’re Far From Out

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. This is the regret not of a mobster, but of a Brooklyn Nets fan.

03/24/2015

NCAA logo (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Everyone Out Of The Pool! We’re Enabling NCAA’s Shady System

After 30-plus years, I have decided to buck tradition. I no longer need to beware the Ides of March, for this year I will not be joining an NCAA Tournament pool.

03/18/2015

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets’ Maccagnan Can Make Believer Out Of Me In Draft

This is where “Magic Mike” can earn his way into Jets lore. If he succeeds, and in a few years the Jets take off for lands not seen in many decades, then I’ll believe anything is possible.

03/16/2015

Darrelle Revis (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Reality Check On Revis — You Rebuild Around QB, Not CB

The real bottom line is this: Even with Darrelle Revis, how much better do you think the Jets got this offseason?

03/11/2015

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

Lichtenstein: I’m Begging You — Stop Pairing D-Will And Jack In Crunch Time

The Nets were only trailing Utah, 78-75, with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center Sunday night, but the ensuing substitution horn might as well have been a death knell.

03/09/2015

Deron Williams brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets on March 4, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Excuse For Nets’ Brutal Performance Against Hornets

NBA teams are prone to stinkers. They could occur at the tail end of a dense schedule. They could be a side effect of an injury bug. Or maybe one team is vastly superior to the other. In Wednesday’s case, it was none of the above.

03/05/2015

Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after hitting the game-winning shot against the Golden State Warriors on March 2, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With A Dose Of Athleticism, Nets Have Become More Interesting

No way Brooklyn wins Monday night’s game had it been played two weeks ago. Those Nets were a dying patient—old, slow and primed for burial even amongst the dreck that is the East.

03/03/2015

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