Scotto: Nets Navigating Fast Lane on Way to Playoffs

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By the end of 2013, the Brooklyn Nets looked like a team needing as much construction as the Gowanus Expressway.

Since the start of 2014, Brooklyn has cruised up the Eastern Conference standings like a driver in the HOV lane.

Scotto: Rivers Reunion Becomes a Turning Point for Garnett and Pierce

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IMG_3801Kevin Garnett accurately described what everyone thought after he and Paul Pierce battled his former coach, Doc Rivers.

“It was a bit weird,” said Garnett.

You know what’s even more weird?

Watching Pierce come off the bench in back-to-back games for the first time in his career and Garnett on a minutes restriction comparable to a role player.

Scotto: Brooklyn’s Nightmare Has Become a Reality

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ProkhorovBROOKLYN – Mikhail Prokhorov once vowed to take over New York as owner of the Brooklyn Nets and turn Knicks fans into Nets fans. But on Thursday night in front of a national TV audience, it was the Knicks who took over Brooklyn and Barclays Center.

It was so bad, Brooklyn’s introductory video malfunctioned before loud boos for Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd filled the arena during the starting lineup introductions.

Chants of “Let’s go Knicks” began as New York pulled away from Brooklyn en route to a 113-83 win.

By this point, James Dolan’s grin probably spanned the entire Brooklyn Bridge.

During quarter intermissions, Ally Love – Barclays Center’s arena host – routinely encouraged Nets fans to get loud by saying, “Where’s Brooklyn?”

Sadly, Nets fans have asked themselves the same question about Brooklyn’s roster all season long.

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Sprung: Pacers Strive on Strong Defense and Intensity – UPDATE

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David WestThe first thing you notice watching the undefeated Indiana Pacers is their intensity.

More than the other seven teams this writer has seen in person this season, Indiana plays hard and aggressive basketball for 48 minutes. Indiana remained unbeaten at 8-0 after Monday’s 95-79 home win over Memphis.

“We are just trying to play our style of basketball,” Pacers forward David West said after Indiana’s hard-fought 96-91 win over the Nets on Saturday in Brooklyn.

That tough, tenacious style includes going hard on every possession and playing the league’s best defense. Indiana has allowed just 84.5 points per game this season, the best mark in the NBA by 6.5 points.

The following chart shows the many ways that the Pacers have the NBA’s best defense:

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Sprung: Pacers strive on strong defense and intensity

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David WestThe first thing you notice watching the undefeated Indiana Pacers is their intensity.

More than the other seven teams this writer has seen in person this season, Indiana plays hard and aggressive basketball for 48 minutes. The Pacers did that again Saturday night – its fourth game in five nights- and came away with a hard-fought 96-91 win over the Nets at Barclays Center to go to 7-0 on the season.

“We are just trying to play our style of basketball,” Pacers forward David West said.

That style includes going hard on every possession and playing the league’s best defense. Indiana has allowed just 85.3 points per game this season, the best mark in the NBA by more than seven points.

The following chart shows the many ways that the Pacers have the NBA’s best defense:

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