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Good God JT going against the grain. Nasty.
You know it's a playoff game when Shannon Briggs is being hyped as a celebrity in the crowd.
Isaiah Swann shot 19-for-31 from distance against Israel's top three seeds. 61%, not too shabby.
Nets lead 31-16 after one. Nets shooting threes, moving the ball, getting everyone involved ... did they pull a Freaky Friday with Atlanta?
Hawks turn the ball over 5 times, go 6-21 from field, get to the line for only 4 FTA, overhelp on D. Other than that, fine. BKN 31, ATL 16
Nets up 31-16 after 1. Legitimately good quarter by them. Getting better looks than Atlanta.
Happiness is this seat empty. http://t.co/tCIivGgbAx
Atlanta has missed more layups in the first quarter than a No. 1 seed should miss in a series.
Nets just had some of the best ball movement they've shown all season. Finish quarter with a 9-0 burst, lead Hawks 31-16.
I guess the Hawks had a team vote and decided they would be satisfied with a split in Brooklyn?
Nets up 31-16 after a pretty dominant first quarter.
That was a beautiful sequence by the Nets... Man, haven't said that in a while.
Where has this version of the Nets been?
That might’ve been the best 10 seconds of Nets basketball this year.
That's my takeaway from the Bruce Jenner interview.
Hawks are not currently interested in scoring or defense - otherwise solid so far.
Boost of energy was short lived.
No matter your beliefs, it's sad to think how many people, for whatever reason, feel like they can't truly be themselves.
Islanders, 1-0, at 6:57. Tavares came in from the right side, swooped in front of Carlson at the right circle and had Nelson screening.
You never saw the Hawks get caught with overlapping cuts killing their spacing in the regular season
My whole game story will be phonetic transcriptions of the various indescribable noises Brook Lopez makes when jostling in the paint
Dennis, for the future you can shoot the layup rather than dish to Bazemore for a drive. I don’t care if your eyes are closed, either.
Bazemore has been fouled about six times, no call. Break wind within five feet of Lopez and its free throws.
Everyone is talking about how important 2015 playoff success could be to Aldridge and Gasol in free agency. Why not Millsap, too?
Bogdanovic’s home-road shooting splits this season: http://t.co/GRx6GLA5zU
Dennis Schroeder is all of 21 years old. Hawks got a good one there in the 2013 draft
Why did Hollins take out Bogdanovic to play the Jack/Deron backcourt?
Yes Lionel thank you for pulling Bogdo
Bojan is feeling it. Has 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting, is 3 of 4 from downtown.
Bojan Bogdanovic is on fire. Now has 11 points on 4-5 shooting – including 3-4 from 3-point range.
Bogdanovic hitting shots early - 4-of-5, 11 points - he has to hit a lot of them to make up for how many Hawks he leaves open.
Korver returns earlier than normal. Hawks didn't find him for a single attempt during his first stint.
Joe Johnson is the first Nets player to the bench. Bogdanovic hits another 3. Nets up 22-14.
Somebody pays Michael Bourn TWELVE million dollars a year to play a sport. What a country.
Maccabi - lost tonight 89:72 - on a five game losing streak. Worst in franchise history.
"There's no place like home" - Bojan Bogdanovic
Dave Franco is here with Alison Brie. Franco got on the jumbotron. Brie didn't. I'm not calling the shots here, but... I dunno.
The Nets, like many clubs, utilize three separate dance squads: kids, young women and old people.
Dave Franco, the fourth Baldwin brother, is at Nets-Hawks.
Two on one, Backstrom and Ward on new defenseman Mayfield, and Halak casts aside Ward's opportunity.
That pass from Jeff tho http://t.co/WLo17cacDv
Latta "chatting" with Martin all the way back to their benches.
Bogdanovic lost his man on a backdoor but made up for it by hitting a 3. Shoots way better at home.
Bench unit has brought some previously non-existent energy.
Bojan Bogdanovic off to a terrific start for the Nets.
Why is Kent Bazemore trying to take someone off the dribble?
Amazing how 1 vs. 8 matchup in both conferences are mirroring each other. Looks like the Hawks will have to walk through fire to win G3
PERO PUMP POWER
Brook gets lost trying to handle Pero Antic on the perimeter.
Nets intensity has been good early, certainly better than Games 1 and 2.
Doc said he expected a long series and one team had to be down 2-1 after three games. "It's now our turn to respond," he said.
That possession, by contrast, was good Nets defense.
Good two-man stuff from Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. 14-3 Nets.
Doc said the series "is tied 2-1. We're down because we lost a home game."
When he’s absent while in the game, the team is nowhere.
No practice for the Clippers today. They gathered together for film and meetings at the team hotel.
I love fans that boo loudly intentional walks to Miggy. 1st base is open cuz the new "Go-Go" Tigers like to steal bags. Doesn't always work.
Ooh, Joey Crawford is the lead official at Barclays today. That could prove lots of fun under the right circumstances.
Teague is laying an egg on both ends so far.
A possession like that is not good defense. It’s just weirdly shaky execution, particularly from Teague.
The Hawks have thrown an oddly high number of bounce passes just out of bounds to no one in this series.
Hawks incredibly sloppy right now, three straight turnovers. Nets jump to an 11-2 lead.
Time to sit Teague
Lazy reach defense from Teague bails out a stalled possession
If I tried that LeBron James shot, I'd tear my rotator cuff, labrum and need Tommy John surgery. Probably have ligament damage in wrist, too
If I still get tripped out over the transformation of Brooklyn around Barclays area, I know Brooklyn native Marv Albert must be going nuts!
Pretty sure it’s the transition defense that forced that timeout, but that ugly offense deserves a glance, too.
Unlike Games 1 & 2, Nets jump on the Hawks 10-2 to start. All in the starting lineup besides Lopez with a FG here.
Hawks are playing with no sense of urgency, and they should be. Wizards are about to sweep the Raptors.
It's 10-2 Nets here in Brooklyn - which is also the count of fans in the stands, 10 Nets fans, 2 Hawks fans
Shorter beard Deron WIlliams buries his first 3-point attempt. Already has two boards and two assists.
Deron Williams shot 37% from three during the regular season. Kinda shouldn't give him 12 feet of space.
This start... 🙈
Nets up 10-2. Lots of easy looks. Team shoots way better at home, particularly Bogdanovic.
Atlanta’s offense should not be struggling this much.
Nets off to a 10-2 lead. Already have six rebounds. Couldn't have asked for a better start.
Have to write 2 stories for tomorrow yet can't stop watching LeBron's shot at TD Garden this morning
2nd weggie of this series.
Nets running some Pistol action early, gets Joe Johnson an open 17-footer. Up 7-2.
A day at the ballpark....Nothing beats it. http://t.co/uBr3WQ6WXE
They are either pumping noise into Barclays or Mr. Whammy is really loud today - because it sounds like 20,000, but...
Previous time Rockets had three wins in a playoff series lost to Trevor Ariza and the Lakers in 2009. Lakers had some other guys, too.
Al gets us started.
Nets drew up first play of the game for Deron Williams and he missed a reverse lay-up, fell to the ground.
Lots of empty seats at Barclays to start the game.
Beer and bacon classic has a larger attendance (hopefully late arriving crowd) http://t.co/e53cD48B2L
Deron Williams makes a nice move on opening possession, gets to the rim and slips and falls while missing an open layup.
See, now I want the Nets to win both of these home games, at least.
About 1/3 of the lower bowl is empty. One entire section has no fans.
Nets in the road black uniforms. Hawks in the red. It's like a checker board out there.
Opening tip - this is playoffs http://t.co/Ok03D5RVCA
Fan up, Brooklyn. http://t.co/alDKKreCmn
The best part about in-arena fireworks is the haze that fills the arena for the first 10 minutes of the game.
David Alan Grier did the pregame intros. Now, it's game time
Deron Williams got a few boos during the starting lineup.
David Alan Grier read the Nets starting lineup. http://t.co/U4xcWoTWbP
Deron Williams introduced to a mixture of cheers and boos. More cheers than boos.
David Allen Grier doing the intros of the Nets at Barclays - not the same as when we had Omar coming out whistling last year.
As we are about to tip-off here in Brooklyn, Barclays is approximately 40-50 percent full.
The shirts on the seats are really accentuating the emptiness of Barclays Center.
David Alan Grier is reading the starting lineups off an index card. What is going on?
Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard felt good this morning and told him to have a light day. Just shoot free throws.
Garbage time of Friday's Clips-Spurs was the first time this playoffs I just skimmed on thru. Felt dirty. Let's not let that happen again.
No changes on our end. http://t.co/FNbMBKGksn
For old time's sake, let's go Islanders...
Teams would be so much better served to hand out t-shirts that look like fans. http://t.co/sS57LMvY9S
At least 5 parties besides mine with Pelicans gear on at Dat Dog.
The Spurs are an early 6-point favorite for Game 4 Sunday. They were a 5-point favorite for Game 3 and led by 37 at one time.
Joe is doing the national anthem. THAT Joe. (Not Johnson.)
Saturday spring afternoon in NY is not a great time for a game. Nets should've lied and said the arena wasn't available today.
Nets and Hawks tip off in a few minutes. Looking at the crowd, not sure how many fans are aware of that.
Nation shocked that arena not known for sellout crowds has underwhelming turnout before the game starts.
Oh boy, Joey Crawford is part of the referee crew. Guaranteed to be entertaining.
3:00 start: http://t.co/0iVvpXLnTf
Casey on Otto Porter: "He's really improved. From when he played at the beginning of the year to now, he's a different person"
Not trying to pile on or anything, but we're 11 minutes from tip and Barclays Center is dead. You'd think we were T-minus 45 minutes.
Tyson Chandler on Mavs' 0-3 hole: “History is always made to be broken. That’s the way I look at it. But you can’t win 4 games in 1 night."
My best guess for Game 4 starters: Turner, Bradley, Crowder, Jerebko, Zeller. Over 15 minutes in Game 3, outscored Cavs 37-27. Started 3rd.
Mojo chicken bowl at Barclays is off the chain.
There is no one here 10 min, before a virtual must-win playoff game, which is standard operating procedure. That always blows my mind.
Anders Lee, sixth among rookies with 41 points, second on the Islanders with 25 goals in regular season, looks to be a scratch.
Carlisle on $25,000 fine: "I accept the fine. I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team and I am going to fight for my team."
HEY YOU GUYS! It's... http://t.co/DtVWOjnKVo
Same Capitals lineups: Ovechkin/Backstrom/Ward, Johansson/Kuznetsov/Chimera, Burakovsky/Beagle/Brouwer; Laich/Latta/Wilson. No Glencross.
Seriously. There's no one here. http://t.co/fWn4niiFka
In-arena emcee begging the 20 or so fans that are actually here at Barclays to put on their playoff t-shirts.
Gooden theorized Porter has improved because Pierce didn’t practice much at end of season so Porter had to guard Gooden at the 3.
Please wish my main man @34Billy42 a Happy Birthday. A great broadcaster ....a better person. Go Bulls! http://t.co/OrqIl7NIJA
Everyone on the ice for warm-ups. Glencross skating, as is the usual even in the playoffs for scratches.
Gooden said he played SF in practices late in season when Pierce rested. "That's probably why Otto got better. He had to guard me."
Mavs PG Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4. Status of SF Richard Jefferson (calf) is iffy.
Mikhail Prokhorov is at the arena. Near the media dining area, a band warms up. There will also be men on stilts.
Pucks being flung onto ice. Warm-ups are nigh.
Amir on no pressure now: "We've got nothing else to lose … We have to get it by any means, or else it's curtains."
Unlikely Raptors destination in the short-term http://t.co/LO0FRdUZzP
Rick Carlisle joked about losing $25K, figuring that's about what I get paid for each of my "decently written, marginally accurate stories."
Asked DeRozan if he could go back would he have not responded 2 Pierce: "Nah Nah. It’s part of the game Why not? Nothing would have changed”
DeRozan said he got 2 hours of sleep last night. Amir said he had some chicken wings, milk & cookies, which put him "right out" (actually)
That is a totally sane response, by the way.
DeRozan has no regrets of responding to Pierce: "Nah. It’s part of the game. Why not? Nothing would have changed.”
The saddest band I have ever heard is practicing inside Barclays right now. Really setting the mood for today's game.
Rick Carlisle on $25K fine:"I’m going to fight for my team. That’s just the way it’s going to be. I’m a lot like my owner."
Regardless of today's outcome I am totally impressed with the upside of the Bucks. Good young core with a solid head coach.
Brad Stevens, from a treadmill overlooking court, offered this regarding starters: "In all sincerity, I have an idea, but I'm not 100%."
James Michael McAdoo assigned to Santa Cruz.
Carlisle: "I'm going to fight for my team & that's just the way it's going to be. I'm a lot like my owner. I'm going to fight for my guys."
Raptors scrap shootaround for Game 4.
Now with the 3-0 guys http://t.co/xh6eMD9X6b
Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced today by Rod Thorn.
Rick Carlisle in his $25K fine: "I'm sure they'll put the money to good use. I'm very confident of that."
Stevens re: starting lineup changes. "In all sincerity I have an idea, but it's not 100 percent."
For those asking about Niko Mirotic's availability for game 4---no word yet from the Bulls.
Guess here: Crowder’s in, but Sully’s health might play role in other starter. Jerebko was in starter green at end of practice.
Brad Stevens, from his post-practice treadmill runs, says he’s not certain on Gm4 starting lineup.
People wonder why most young people are bored by MLB? Chad Fairchild is Exhibit A. What's a ball? What's a strike? Joke
Who is that sitting with Teague? Looks familiar. http://t.co/IqR7isoWT1
And, the last six games between the teams here have gone to overtime, but we'll just never speak of that again.
Can Pero sustain the 38% he's shot from 3 since March 16? Shooting 40% in playoffs. http://t.co/YjF0CwzwE7
From Oct. 8, 1997 through March 6, 2001, the Capitals won every game they played at Nassau Coliseum. That was a nine-game winning streak.
The Capitals were winless in their first 19 games in the building, from Jan. 2, 1975 through Dec. 23, 1982. Seventeen defeats, two ties.
Gimmie da rock. http://t.co/USfwF0GN99
Just think of the amazing feats the hoops world never saw before the Internet. Oh what I'd give to see those non-game moments from MJ et al
Casey: "For us, it’s do or die.... And die doesn’t mean we’re going to die, die means the series is over"
Teague warming up. http://t.co/z7A9FvYsXM
All right. Now Dirk's working on one-legged, wrong-footed 3s. How you get to seventh in career scoring? Work.
A little number-crunching: Entering today, the Capitals and Islanders have played 116 total games at Nassau Coliseum. Washington is 53-61-2.
Earl Clark is active today, as is Mirza Teletovic. Cory Jefferson and Sergey Karasev are inactive.
Jar Crowder will start tomorrow, likely in place of Brandon Bass. Lots of starting lineup changes in today's practice.