Throughout this trying season, the Brooklyn Nets have shown time and again a willingness to compete with any opponent. While there is a sizable gap in talent, the Nets make for it with grit, #BrooklynGrit. As the season winds down to a close, spoiler alert: The Brooklyn Nets are here to fight.
Lopez Comes Through Again
Star center Brook Lopez continues to lead this team offensively. On Tuesday night Lopez had himself a game against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons came into the Barclays Center fighting for a spot in the playoffs. They were motivated and shot out to a 31-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. But a game consists of four such quarters and Lopez proved to be a menace inside and out throughout the game. Then with score tied and the game in balance, with 2.4 seconds left, Lopez performed magically.
Brook Lopez drains the game-winner at the buzzer!??? pic.twitter.com/WCpROXRnGd
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 22, 2017
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 22, 2017
The Knicks Felt the Fire Earlier As Well
The “Super Team” across the bridge, the New York Knicks also fell under the sword of the resurgent Nets. In a one week span, the Knicks lost both home and away to the Nets, effectively ending their playoff ambitions. The greatest part of the second victory versus the Knicks were the players reactions. Foward, Kyle O’Quinn was especially talkative after that game.
Kyle O'Quinn after losing to Nets: "A team like that, you look at the roster, they shouldn't be in the gym with us."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 17, 2017
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) March 17, 2017
Those losses against the Nets sent the Knicks to visibly and unequivocally enter the Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz sweepstakes.
Marks Continue to Work Diligently
GM Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson kept working diligently through trying times. The results have not shown but the team has shown progress throughout the season. The development of Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Sean Kilpatrick continue to show. At a recent town-hall event held by radio station WFAN in Brooklyn, Atkinson and Marks spoke of the season thus far. They outlined plans for the future as well.
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) March 17, 2017
The plan is in motion. All parties are fully motivated. No team will enter Barclays Center expecting a win. As this season comes to a close, the Nets are continuing to develop the players on the roster as well as look for overlooked gems.
TRANSACTION: The Brooklyn #Nets have signed Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 15, 2017