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Steve Lichtenstein

Mason Plumlee #1 of the Brooklyn Nets blocks LeBron James #6 against the Miami Heat on April 8, 2014 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Plumlee, Nets Defy King James To Gain Regular-Season Sweep

NBA refs couldn’t have allowed Nets center Mason Plumlee — a rookie, no less — to get away with a block of the King just two ticks from the final buzzer, could they?


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.


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.


Marcus Thornton (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Power Of 3 — Nets Continue Hot Shooting From Deep

In this recent stretch, during which the Nets have won 13 of their last 17 games, it’s the three-point field-goal attempts that stand out the most.


NCAA logo (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: The NFL? No, I’m Rooting For The NCAA’s Implosion

It might take some time — hopefully not the 10 years that Cuban predicted for the NFL — but enough people in the right places have come to realize what’s under the NCAA’s hood: a bunch of greedy elitists who never learned how to share.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Jason Collins (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Collins’ Signing Masks King’s Failures As Nets’ General Manager

It is clearly a terrific day for NBA fans who cheer the league for being progressive when it comes to tolerance. However, as a Nets fan, I find it to be another disappointment in a seemingly endless line since their move to Brooklyn.