Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.
Reports of a calf injury that will keep Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich out of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Brooklyn on Monday night at Barclays Center fall in the “Be careful what you wish for” category for the Nets.
Less Hinrich likely means more Nate Robinson, and the Nets got their fill of him in their demoralizing triple-overtime Game 4 loss Saturday in Chicago.
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As the Nets look forward to Monday's Game 5 against the Bulls at the Barclays Center, the scenario is perfectly clear.
"You win or you go home," interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said Sunday afternoon on a conference call, a day after the Nets' numbing 142-134 triple overtime loss to the Bulls at the United Center. "It's as simple as that ... and I think we’ll respond to that, and...Read more »
CHICAGO -- Gerald Wallace remains confused.
Exactly a week after the Nets veteran swingman told Newsday that this season has easily been the worst since he first picked up a basketball and he's confused with his role, he reiterated that again Friday. Three games into their postseason, and after sitting on the bench for the entire fourth quarter Thursday night, Wallace is befuddled. Still.
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CHICAGO -- Wearing an all-gray sweatsuit while the rest of his teammates were sporting shorts and jerseys, Joe Johnson sat on the scorer’s table inside a quiet United Center fielding queries about his foot.
Although he said the plantar fasciitis that he’s developed in his right foot feels better, Johnson was non-committal regarding his status for Game 3 against the Bulls on Thursday night....Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Looks like the Bulls won’t be the only team in this series who have a star player dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Joe Johnson has apparently developed the same thing in his left foot that’s hobbled Joakim Noah in the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, and the Nets are listing their starting shooting guard as a game-time decision for Thursday’s...Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- P.J. Carlesimo knows the Nets rode an emotional wave in Saturday's series opener, something that can't easily expect to rely on again come Monday.
The Bulls are probably going to come out with a renewed sense of purpose and the Nets interim coach understands that it's imperative for his team to match Chicago's intensity, when the two square off at the Barclays Center...Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They delivered the first blow Friday night, pounding the Bulls in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, but the Nets weren't about to pat themselves on the back Sunday.
In their minds, not only did they simply do what they were supposed to do, given they have homecourt advantage. But they're awaiting Chicago's expected bounce back in Monday's Game...Read more »
Joakim Noah is hurting and there’s a possibility the Bulls may be without their starting center for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Nets.
Noah is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, raising concern about his availability for the opener. He said there’s a tear in his foot, meaning he might be limited or could be forced to sit out the series altogether.
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Three things to like about this team heading into their playoff series with the Bulls: 1. Deron Williams’ play: Few have been hotter than Williams since the All-Star break. He’s rejuvenated after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy, getting cortisone injections in both ankles to calm the inflammation and participating in a juice cleanse program that’s helped him shed 20 pounds.
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Brook Lopez vs. Joakim Noah: The Nets’ All-Star center has trouble with physical, long defenders and Noah is like a pesky gnat at a picnic. Offensively, Lopez gets the nod here, but he’s going to have to keep Noah off the glass on both ends of the floor. Reggie Evans vs. Carlos Boozer: Boozer gave the Nets fits in the three regular season matchups he played in against them, combining for 62 points...Read more »