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Both Kidd and Johnson were hit with technical fouls — Kidd for arguing an out of bounds call early in the second quarter, and Johnson for arguing about a foul call after the halftime buzzer sounded — to add insult to injury on a night the Nets were routed by their crosstown rivals, 110-81. “Frustration,” Kidd said in explaining his first technical foul as a coach, after initially joking it was an “accidental” technical. “I thought the ball went out [off J.R.] Smith. I was wrong. “I pressed it too much, and got [a technical]. No big thing.” New York Post

Johnson’s technical was equally surprising, as it came after the half had ended and he walked over to speak his mind about what he thought should have been a foul call late in the second quarter. “It was just about a call,” he said. “That was it.” Johnson added he got an apology from the referees because he made a mistake on the original call, but said, “It means nothing.” New York Post

April 2, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has approved Senate Bill 2108 which seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to American basketball player Andray Blatche on Tuesday, April 1, bringing the Smart Gilas team one step closer to obtaining the big man they need to compete on the world stage. Without any objections, the Senate version of Blatche's naturalization bill sponsored by Senator Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara has been approved while Committee Chairman Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel shall ask a sub-committee report on Blatche's desire to play for the country. Rappler

Both Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes and current naturalized big man Marcus Douthit believes it will be a doable task since both have talked to Blatche, who plays for the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets. "In our first conversation (with Blatche) I asked him if he really wants to do this," recalled Reyes. "He knows that he has to give up the (NBA) offseason and practice (for Gilas). My job is to give our team the best representation. We want to play the right way. I don't think there is another NBA player as willing as Blatche; I feel he'll boost our chances." Rappler

March 31, 2014 Updates

The T-Wolves are a high-scoring team, third in the NBA, with a league-best 11 games when they’ve outscored their opponents by at least 20 points. But a game after they went for 143 against the Lakers, Love didn’t score in the fourth quarter and finished with only 14 points — about half of his usual scoring output. “I might be getting sick or something,’’ he said after scoring all of two points in 16 minutes after halftime. “I just had zero energy in the second half. I had nothing.’’ Hearing what Love said, Paul Pierce, who guarded Minnesota’s power forward most of the game, had the diagnosis. “Pierce-itis,’’ he said, walking out of the locker room. “It’s getting around.’’ New York Daily News

The Brooklyn Nets say Kevin Garnett is hoping to return from a back injury next weekend or during their trip to Florida on April 8-9. Also, Andrei Kirilenko is progressing from his sprained left ankle and is hoping to return in the middle of next week, the Nets said before their game against Minnesota on Sunday. Garnett has missed 16 straight games with back spasms, last playing Feb. 27 in a victory at Denver. The Nets have games next Friday and Saturday nights, then visit Miami on April 8 and Orlando the following night. USA Today Sports

March 30, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets say Kevin Garnett is hoping to return from a back injury next weekend or during their trip to Florida on April 8-9. Also, Andrei Kirilenko is progressing from his sprained left ankle and is hoping to return in the middle of next week, the Nets said before their game against Minnesota on Sunday. USA Today Sports

Nets general manager Billy King insisted Kidd “didn’t waiver one bit in his confidence” when a different crisis came daily. It was new territory as Kidd felt his way. Now Kidd is “much more confident in understanding what he wants as a head coach,” King said. New York Post

Through it all, Kidd kept being himself. He worked with what he had. One reason for success is Kidd doing exactly what he did as a player — making others better. “What was so great about Jason as a player was he made the other players on his team better,” former Nets GM Ed Stefanski said. “That’s the best compliment you can get, and I love to see when the head coach gives that confidence to his players. He’s done a helluva job.” Kidd shrugs. And credits his players. “A lot of people question why I don’t call timeout. It’s my players. I’m confident in them. I trust that they’re going to execute,” Kidd said. New York Post

March 29, 2014 Updates

Kevin Garnett missed his 15th straight game because of back spasms, and Jason Kidd wouldn't provide a timeline for his return. In fact, Kidd said prior to the tipoff against the Cavs that Garnett doesn't have to play again in the regular season to start the playoffs in shape or in rhythm. Why? "He’s played this game. It doesn’t change. If he gets to play before the playoffs, that’ll be great. If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that’ll be great. And if he had no practice or no games, for him being on the floor (in the playoffs) would help us dramatically. So however you look at it, him playing with us will help us. And game shape? He plays at a high level so he’s going to get tired no matter what." New York Daily News

March 28, 2014 Updates
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