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Teague down on Thibs’ system

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Marquis Teague was forced to sit on the bench with the Bulls one game just so they’d have enough healthy bodies to dress, even though he knew he’d been already traded to the Nets.

Talk about awkward.

Then, the snowstorm that battered the East Coast on Tuesday caused his flight to get canceled three times.

No wonder Teague, who was traded for Tornike Shengelia, was happy to be out...

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'Dray day

Andray Blatche puts up a shot during a

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Andray Blatche is sure softening the blow of losing Brook Lopez for the season.

In the eight games since returning from a four-game absence for personal reasons, Blatche is averaging 12.9 points and  4.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. He’s as self-assured as ever, and it’s written all over his face as he motors downcourt with both arms spread back following a made bucket.

That monstrous,...

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Reunion arena for Kidd, Carlisle

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Jason Kidd jotted down notes in a pad when he played in Dallas under Rick Carlisle for four seasons, winning a NBA title with him in 2011.

So the Nets coach learned a few things from Carlisle and he’ll get the chance Friday night to show how much the pupil has picked up from the teacher.

“Carlisle is one of the best in the league,” Kidd said. “He’s been doing it for a long time. He has...

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Video: Nets' Jason Kidd and Jason Terry talk London hoops

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd during a

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The Brooklyn Nets are in London to play the Atlanta Hawks and help extend the NBA's global reach.

Nets coach Jason Kidd and reserve guard Jason Terry spoke to the people holding cameras, voice recorders and notepads on Wednesday in England.

Embedded below are highlights of what they said.

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Notes from London: Deron, Kirilenko and NBA in Europe

Andrei Kirilenko shoots a free throw against the

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LONDON -- Some news notes and quotes from Nets practice at Imperial College on Tuesday:

-- Jason Kidd said Deron Williams, who didn’t make the trip, is “going through his rehab and we’ll see where he’s at when he gets back.” Kidd wouldn’t commit to Williams playing against the Knicks on Monday, saying he’ll take it “day-by-day.” Asked if Williams is frustrated, Kidd said: “He wants to be with...

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No Deron Williams in London for Nets

Nets guard Deron Williams controls the ball against

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No need for Deron Williams to dust off his passport.

The Nets announced Sunday that Williams didn’t travel with the team overseas for its matchup with the Hawks at the O2 Arena Thursday, meaning he’ll miss his fifth straight game.

Williams had platelet-rich plasma therapy on both ankles and also received cortisone shots in each ankle last week, all with hopes of getting them healthy...

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More ankle injections, PRP treatment for Deron Williams

Deron Williams looks on before a game against

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Looks like the Nets won't have Deron Williams available for at least a few days.

The team on Tuesday announced that Williams received cortisone injections and had platelet-rich plasma treatment on both of his troublesome ankles, ruling him out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors. Williams, who was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle following Monday's MRI, is in a walking boot and is...

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Brook Lopez breaks foot, likely done for season

Brook Lopez reacts to a call in the

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As if the Nets weren't struggling enough, they're really in for a tall task now that they'll likely have to play without Brook Lopez for the rest of the season.

In a devastating turn of events, Lopez broke the fifth metatarsal in right foot in the Nets' overtime loss to the 76ers at the Wachovia Center Friday night. Although the Nets say they will issue further updates next week after consulting...

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Hopeful Kirilenko plans on returning next week

The Nets' Andrei Kirilenko (47) looks to pass

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The Nets may get a welcomed gift when Christmas rolls around next week.

Andrei Kirilenko said before Monday’s game against the 76ers that he’s hopeful he’ll return to action prior to the Nets' six-day road trip that will take them from Indiana to San Antonio to Oklahoma City. Kirilenko has missed the Nets’ last 19 games, shelved by back spasms since their Nov. 8 matchup versus the Wizards...

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Paul Pierce could return vs. Celtics, has no problem coming off bench eventually if need be

Paul Pierce looks on during a game against

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J, -- There was a surprise participant on the PNY Center court Monday as the Nets prepared for Tuesday's game versus the Celtics.

That would be Paul Pierce.

Pierce practiced for the first time since fracturing his right hand 10 days ago in the first half of the Nets' 114-95 loss to the Rockets in Houston on Nov. 29. The team's original timetable had him out anywhere...

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