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April 26, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson said Sunday that point guard Deron Williams is suffering from a severe case of tendinitis. "At different times in the season we all have knickknack or injuries. I know tendinitis has pretty much been my kryptonite, and I know he has a severe case of that," Johnson said. "It's tough, man. It's tough. But we all have his back, and whatever we have to do, we have to do it." ESPN.com

Now, Lopez has played his best basketball since becoming an All-Star in 2013, which presents him with a difficult looming decision whether to opt in or out of his $16.7 million player option this summer. “He’s too much of an injury risk to opt in,” one general manager told SheridanHoops. “His value is close to the $16 million range now.” One NBA scout offered a different view on the situation. “Never walk away from $15 million,” the scout told SheridanHoops. “Plus, the cap jumps a year from now, so he would get more by waiting if he doesn’t get hurt.” SheridanHoops

If he opts out this summer, Lopez will join a loaded crop of definite unrestricted free agent centers including: Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, Omer Asik, Robin Lopez and Brandan Wright. If Lopez waits until 2016, he’ll join a smaller list of definite unrestricted free agent centers including Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside. According to league sources, Lopez is not leaning one way or the other and his agent will wait until after the season to make an informed decision. SheridanHoops

On Saturday, Bogdanovic shot 7-of-13, scored 19 points — the most by a rookie in the playoffs to that point this postseason — and the Nets came out of the game having closed the gap to 2-1 in the series. Again, Bogdanovic was not the sole reason the Nets won, 91-83, in Game 3 at Barclays Center. But he was a big reason. “He was huge. Bogey is a great catch-and-shoot guy. If he gets his feet set, probably nine times out of 10, it’s going in,” Joe Johnson said. “Especially in the first quarter, he got it going.” New York Post

April 25, 2015 Updates

Tim Bontemps: Mikhail Prokhorov is in attendance for today's game, I'm told, as he said he would be when he was here a few weeks ago. Twitter @TimBontemps

The Nets forward, bottled up by the Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night, was frustrated that he couldn't get things going. His jumper was ineffective. So was his play inside, as he had his shots blocked or left them short. So he called himself out. "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." Newsday

Can the home court advantage help? “Definitely," Young said. “Me being in the playoffs several times, it definitely helps. You have the hometown crowd on your side and you’re with your teammates. And just the energy and the atmosphere is flowing your way when you’re in your home building. You want that on your side. You want that energy. And you want that excitement." NBA.com

April 24, 2015 Updates

This may already his eighth season in the league, but he is still quite young, having turned 26 last summer. It's not that farfetched to believe Young's best days as a player are ahead of him and Nets fans should hope that those days come in Brooklyn. "I haven’t really even just thought about it," said Young, who can opt out of next season, the final one of his contract, and become an unrestricted free agent if he so chooses. "I’m just trying to play basketball and worry about it in the summer when it comes up." NetsDaily

April 23, 2015 Updates

Williams stepped in after a rapidly closing Kent Bazemore flew past him, fired off a clean 16-foot pull-up jumper. It couldn’t have been written any better: this was Williams’s open shot at redemption after a rough shooting night, a well-created look Williams has hit thousands of times before. “We wanted to get him off the three-point line, and he had a good look, a good open look,” Hawks coach and NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer said at the podium. “I’m obviously hoping it doesn’t go in.” “It felt really good,” Williams sighed. “I thought it was in when I let it go.” The Brooklyn Game

April 22, 2015 Updates
April 21, 2015 Updates

Tim Bontemps: Lionel Hollins made sure to say Mirza is only probable to dress tomorrow, but if he does will be stunned if he doesn't get Earl Clark's mins. Same reason why it seems likely Alan Anderson will start for Markel Brown. Can defend Korver, Hawks will have to respect his 3-pt shooting. Twitter @TimBontemps

Mirza Teletovic, who missed three months after blood clots were discovered in his lungs in February, went through his third straight practice. Teletovic said he felt he could contribute but wasn’t sure at what level. NBA.com


Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.


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