Mike Mazzeo

Mirza (16 points) missed a heat check, but he's carrying the #Nets in the third. At least they're still in it.

Devin Kharpertian

Mirza Teletovic with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 0 hair strands out of place.

Tim Bontemps

Meanwhile, the Nets have closed to within eight thanks to six straight points from Mirza, who has a game-high 16.

Rod Boone

#Nets trainer Tim Walsh gives Lionel Hollins the green light to re-insert Deron, tells him, "He's ready." #Nets trail 54-46.

Tim Bontemps

Williams has gotten the all-clear from Tim Walsh to return to the game. Just a matter of when Hollins calls his number again.

Tim Bontemps

Deron is talking to trainer Tim Walsh and walking back and forth along the bench. Now takes a seat at the end of it, talks to Walsh again.

Rod Boone

Deron is up trying to walk it off.

Tim Bontemps

Tony Parker and Deron Williams banged knees, both wound up on the floor. Parker stays in to shoot free throws, while Williams goes to bench.

Rod Boone

Deron comes up gimpy after banging his right knee, has to check out with 10:25 left in 3rd Q.

Mike Mazzeo

Knee-on-knee with Parker

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams just went down and grabbed his knee. Got up and is limping. Looks like knee-to-knee contact.

Rod Boone

Well, at least it's not New Year's Eve this time around. Then again, anyone watching this baby could use a stiff drink.

Tim Bontemps

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon discussing some things with Tony Parker ahead of start of second half instagram.com/p/vudERHM_0l/

Devin Kharpertian

Does anyone think the Nets are coming back?

Devin Kharpertian

Spurs hit more shots in the first half within 5 feet of the basket (16) than the Nets hit all half (15).

Devin Kharpertian

YouTube is dangerously devoid of Jim Spanarkel NBA player highlights.

Tim Bontemps

Deron Williams has 12 points, three assists, & has easily been Brooklyn's best player. He, Teletovic, Lopez & Jack have 32 of Brooklyn's 36.

Mike Mazzeo

I know it's plus-minus but when you see Brook Lopez is minus-16 and Bojan Bogdanovic is minus-18, it all makes sense.

Devin Kharpertian

There are fireworks going off outside my apartment in Brooklyn. I am guessing they are not watching this game.

Tim Bontemps

51-36 Spurs at halftime. Spurs shooting 51 percent, Nets shooting 34 percent. Those two stats pretty much sum everything up.

Devin Kharpertian

The Nets are down 17 at the half and the first commercial that follows features Pitbull. Haven’t we suffered enough?

Tim Bontemps

As Lou Williams goes off for Toronto tonight, still can't quite understand why Atlanta gave up him & Bebe this summer for Salmons' expiring

Stefan Bondy

Joe is playing like he has checked out.

Rod Boone

Deron, Mirza and Jarrett have combined for all but 6 of #Nets 32 points. They trail by 13 with 2:45 remaining in the half.

Devin Kharpertian

Brook Lopez just fumbled the ball, took a fadeaway with a hand in his face, and shot it off the top of the backboard.

Stefan Bondy

Aaaaand Lionel Hollins takes a seat. ....Nets trail, 45-27.

Tim Bontemps

Cory Jefferson got about two minutes and then gets pulled for Mirza Teletovic.

Mike Mazzeo

Joe Johnson has taken two shots tonight. Five last night. Hmm...

Devin Kharpertian

Tim Duncan has 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. We’re 18 minutes in.

Rod Boone

Looks like Cory Jefferson will be checking in for Mason after this timeout.

Rod Boone

Jefferson, who played at Baylor, has family and friends at tonight's game. #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

*starts writing recap*

Mike Mazzeo

A #Nets field goal in the second quarter! By Deron, no surprise.

Stefan Bondy

The Nets have been sooooooo bad rebounding the ball. I mean, sooooo bad.

Rod Boone

Wow. We are about to get a Cory Jefferson sighting.

Tim Bontemps

Cory Jefferson is about to check into the game for the Nets.

Rod Boone

Think that about covers it. #Nets down 36-20 in a place they haven't won at since 2002. Prospects don't look good. #duh

Devin Kharpertian

Tim Duncan has four assists already. No one on the Nets has more than three.

Tim Bontemps

Jarrett Jack hits a pair of free throws to snap an 11-0 Spurs run, but it's now 36-20. Nets are now 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) from the floor.

Rod Boone

#Nets problems? Let's see: Brook is hot and cold, Bojan is struggling, Joe isn't shooting, Mason isn't finishing, Alan Anderson can't score.

Rod Boone

Jarrett Jack was called for a tech.

Devin Kharpertian

The Nets are down 15 in San Antonio in the first half, which is basically a win.

Mike Mazzeo

At least the #Nets beat the Durant/Westbrook-less Thunder by two thanks to an open miss from 3 by Jackson last night.

Rod Boone

#Spurs start second quarter with an 8-0 run, Lionel Hollins is not pleased and motions for a timeout.

Tim Bontemps

Spurs have opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run, and now lead 33-18. Duncan dominating inside.

Tim Bontemps

Tim Duncan is still a terrific defensive player. Just stoned Mason Plumlee at the rim twice.

Rod Boone

Mason just can't finish this year. He's had two shots blocked at the rim in less than a minute. #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

Jerome Jordan has leapfrogged Mason Plumlee as Nets backup center and given how they’ve started the year it hasn’t been much of a fight.

Tim Bontemps

Nets start the second quarter with Jarrett Jack, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alan Anderson, Mason Plumlee and Brook Lopez.

Rod Boone

Mason checking in with Brook to start the second quarter. #Nets

Stefan Bondy

Why is the Spurs mascot a kangaroo?

Tim Bontemps

The Nets have been far more interested in going for 2-for-1s this season than in the last two – something that needed to change.

Rod Boone

End of 1st Q: #Spurs 25, #Nets 18: San Antonio shot 52.2 percent while #Nets made only 8 of 23 shots. They're lucky it's this close.

Mike Mazzeo

#Nets getting killed on the boards (15-8) and shooting 34.8 percent. Down 25-18. Feels worse. Deron at least playing both ends of the floor.

Stefan Bondy

This game is sometimes being played against the backdrop of 70s highlight reel music.

Rod Boone

Bojan is still struggling mightily and is 0 for 3. If he can't get going offensively, it's a problem. Jarrett Jack checks in for him.

Devin Kharpertian

Nets on pace to be the Nets

Mike Mazzeo

#Nets 1 for their last 10. Point Duncan hits Diaw for a banker. Spurs by 10.

Tim Bontemps

Jerome Jordan in the game as first big off the bench, ahead of Mason Plumlee.

Rod Boone

Jerome Jordan is in ahead of Mason again. Looks like he's definitely jumped over Mase in rotation. #Nets

Rod Boone

Looking forward to seeing a healthy Deron vs. Tony Parker.

Mike Mazzeo

#Nets with three turnovers on their first four possessions -- two by Brook (13 in his last three games)

Devin Kharpertian

Did Brook Lopez’s hands shrink in the last ten months? He’s having trouble just catching and holding onto the ball.

Rod Boone

Not sure why MIrza opens up guarding Tim Duncan. It will be a LONG night if that's the plan.

Stefan Bondy

Kawhi Leonard's hands are indeed huge, as first reported by @Scott Cacciola

Rod Boone

Just spotted the rarest of sights: Kevin Garnett is on the bench for once.

Tim Bontemps

Rare sight: Kevin Garnett on the bench in a suit. Usually when he doesn't play, we never see him at all at the arena.

Tim Bontemps

It says a lot about the Spurs that during starting lineup intros Tim Duncan is announced first and Boris Diaw is announced last night.

Rod Boone

Lots of respect between these two men: instagram.com/p/vuVr3GoWYM/

Tim Bontemps

Just saw @Mike Fratello checking to make sure his telestrator was working so we must be close to tip.

Fred Kerber

As wretched as the #Sixers are, #Knicks only up six at 1:40 of 2d Q

Rod Boone

#Spurs are going with a 70s theme tonight.

Tim Bontemps

Best part about these West Coast trips? Most of the media seating is far, far better than in the East.… instagram.com/p/vuVLP_s__H/

Mike Mazzeo

Last time the #Nets were in San Antonio, Stan Van Gundy called them a bush-league organization. They were 10-21. Then they turned it around.

Devin Kharpertian

No Splitter for Spurs. Lopez played well in the 4th quarter after going back-and-forth with Hollins. Has a chance to keep moving forward.

Mike Mazzeo

When will #Nets (0-5) break through against an above .500 team? Chances against San Antonio, Chicago and San Antonio coming up.

Devin Kharpertian

Williams very clearly fourth on that list when comparing. Still good company.

Devin Kharpertian

Players averaging 18 points & 6 assists/game with at least .580 true shooting%: Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Deron Williams.

Fred Kerber

NBA demands competitive balance. So in 2d half, #Knicks must play with shoelaces tied together with catcher's mitts on both hands v #Sixers

Fred Kerber

And to think, I'm missing network reruns for #Knicks v #Sixers

Devin Kharpertian

Mirza Teletovic starting in place of Garnett (rest). Lineup Nets are starting with a +10 in 30 minutes this year.

Fred Kerber

#Knicks coach Derek Fisher might be ticked after first quarter v #Sixers. His message? "How the hell are we only leading by 12?"

Fred Kerber

For those of you enjoying #Knicks wipeout of #Sixers, fans are going to roll a drunk at halftime

Fred Kerber

I must emphasize: covered #Nets for 17 years -- Izod & Prudential Center Nets, OK? So I know bad when I see it. This #Sixers team? Bad.

Tom Lorenzo

Game Thread: Brooklyn #Nets at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 PM sbnation.com/e/7031962

Fred Kerber

Looking at positives of #Knicks v #Sixers: got a feeling we're not gonna see a lot of timeouts in the last minute or so

Fred Kerber

#Sixers are so bad, Bargnani swears he's healthy and wants to play for #Knicks. Hell, Clyde Frazier wants to play

Fred Kerber

#Sixers take 2-0 lead on #Knicks at 10:56 of first. Have they led this late in a game before?

Stefan Bondy

Tonight is battle of the comic book nerds: Duncan (The Punisher) vs Lopez (Batman). ....

Rod Boone

Their last non-regular season win in San Antonio was back in Game 2 of the 2003 Finals.

Rod Boone

#Nets haven't won here in San Antone since a 92-86 victory on Jan. 22, 2002. That've had 11 straight defeats deep in Texas.

Tim Bontemps

Kevin Garnett may not be playing tonight but Tim Duncan is. instagram.com/p/vuMSq9s_1K/

Rod Boone

Lionel Hollins said Mirza gets the start at power forward tonight with Kevin Garnett resting. #Nets

Stefan Bondy

Mirza Teletovic is starting

Rod Boone

Gregg Popovich on Kevin Garnett: "He's one of the all-time greats. Simple as that." #Nets

Stefan Bondy

Gregg Popovich: "Kawhi is a baaad man."

Tim Bontemps

Pop: "Kawhi is a bad man. Kawhi is a bad man. There's nothing on the court he can't do."