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Steve Lichtenstein

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.


Marcus Thornton (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Trade For Thornton Fails To Address Main Concerns

Thornton, a relatively low-percentage gunner on bad teams who wore out his welcome in Sacramento, isn’t the solution to the Nets’ weaknesses that could ultimately steer them adrift towards a doomed outcome.


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.


GM Billy King of the Nets (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Despite Need Up Front, Nets’ King Should Stand Pat At Deadline

Tempting as it might be for Nets general manager Billy King to go for broke, his best play is to let it be.


A view inside the Bolshoy Ice Dome where the hockey will take place in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Olympic Work Stoppage Is A Good Thing For NHL Fans

I have no problem with the NHL shutting its doors every four years. No, I’m not talking about another labor dispute. It’s time for the Olympics!


Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets greet each other. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jason Kidd Shows Growth With His DNPs

Kidd had to play the best guys to get the job done, regardless of emotional ties. Nets fans should be happy to see that he did just that.


Shaun Livingston drives the ball past the 76ers' Tony Wroten on February 3, 2014. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Where Would Nets Be Without Shaun Livingston?

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.


Reggie Evans #30 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 1, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Have To Find Way To Rebound From Latest Injury Spell

Unfortunately, if the Nets don’t find a way to secure their backboard, they’ll be saving Garnett for games that will never be played. Unlike “Airplane!” their season will have crashed and burned.