4-Point Play: Nets at Hawks

January, 28, 2015
Jan 28

Alex Goodlett/Getty ImagesBrook Lopez and the Nets take on Kyle Korver and the Hawks tonight (8 ET, ESPN).

The 4-Point Play looks at the four analytics-based storylines that will make you smarter when watching Wednesday’s game between the Brooklyn Nets (22nd in BPI) and the Atlanta Hawks (10th in BPI). Our BPI gives the Hawks a 70 percent chance of winning:

1. The Hawks rely on Kyle Korver to be historically good. Only seven players in NBA history have taken more than 250 3-point shots and had a True Shooting % greater than 65 percent, and Korver leads them all with a TS% of 74 percent. When Korver has a TS% of at least 65 percent, the Hawks win 83 percent of their games. When he is below 65 percent TS%, they win only 71 percent of their games.

2. Defensively, the Hawks are at their best when forcing opponents into mid-range shots. When opponents are scoring 16 percent or more of their points off of mid-range shots, the Hawks give up only 97 points per 100 possessions. When opponents are at 16 percent or less, the Hawks give up an average of 102 points per 100 possessions.

3. The Nets rely on the offensive glass. When they are getting 23 percent or more of the available offensive boards, then they score 102 points per 100 possessions. When they are below 23 percent, they score only 97 points per 100 possessions.

4. The Nets are at their most efficient when Joe Johnson is launching threes. When Johnson is taking more than six 3-point shots per 36 minutes, the Nets score 102 points per 100 possessions. When he is taking fewer than that, they score only 98 points per 100 possessions.

Bucks to lock in Kenyon Martin

January, 27, 2015
Jan 27

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign former All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin to a rest-of-the-season contract this week, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Martin, who completes his second 10-day deal with the Bucks on Wednesday, has lent a welcome veteran touch to a young locker room since reuniting with first-year Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd, with whom he played in New Jersey.

The Bucks, sources say, are also planning to call up point guard Jorge Gutierrez -- another Kidd favorite -- on a 10-day deal out of the NBA D-League to bolster the backcourt depth in the wake of Kendall Marshall's recent season-ending knee injury.

Gutierrez, currently playing for the D-League's Canton Charge, made his NBA debut last season in Brooklyn when Kidd was coaching the Nets and is a fellow Cal product like his coach.

Martin, 37, has played sparingly in eight games since joining the Bucks, but adds a voice of experience as well as frontcourt know-how to Milwaukee's young roster. The Bucks' frontcourt rotation has been weakened by the season-ending knee injury suffered by prized rookie Jabari Parker and Larry Sanders' recent suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

Martin and Kidd played together on the New Jersey teams that made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 and also spent a season together with the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

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NBA reveals dunk contest lineup

January, 27, 2015
Jan 27

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota's Zach LaVine, Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee will be the contestants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the NBA announced Tuesday night.

Plumlee tweeted he was "thrilled" to be taking part in the contest:

LaVine also relayed a message via Twitter:

The dunk contest will be Feb. 14 at Barclays Center, part of NBA All-Star Weekend in New York. The All-Star Game will be Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

This year's dunk contest will feature two rounds and no time limits. Each player will get two dunks in the first round, with the two players with the highest combined scores advancing to the final round. The two finalists also will get two dunks apiece in the head-to-head round.

There is a three-attempt maximum for each dunk. The event will feature five judges, who will score each dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, for a low score of 30 and a high score of 50.

The 2014 dunk contest champion was the Washington Wizards' John Wall.

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Deron Williams out for Hawks game on Wed.

January, 27, 2015
Jan 27
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams did some non-contact drills in practice Tuesday, but will not play Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced.

Williams (rib fracture) has missed the past nine games for the Nets, who are 14-18 with him in the lineup this season and 4-8 without him. He is shooting a career-low 39.6 percent from the field while averaging 13.9 points per game.

The Nets practiced in Philadelphia after traveling there Monday because of the blizzard that threatened the New York area. Their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center was cancelled, though the snowfall was not nearly as bad as expected. The team will fly to Atlanta from Philadelphia.

The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about a recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources.

The Nets lost consecutive road games last week to the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz by 39 and 35 points, respectively, sparking concern within the organization about whether Hollins' message is getting through. It's just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has lost back-to-back games by 35 points or more.

Nets ownership, sources said, is monitoring the situation closely, with Brooklyn having just fallen out of the East's top eight after a 2-10 slide that coincides with the franchise being up for sale.

Hollins is insulated by the fact that he is in the first year of a four-year contract believed to be worth in excess of $20 million when including incentives, with the Nets holding a team option on the fourth season.

Sources said Monday that the Nets, in hopes of sparking a change to their fortunes, will continue to pursue a shake-up trade or two before the Feb. 19 deadline. ESPN.com first reported in December that the Nets were actively shopping former franchise cornerstones Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson in an attempt to aggressively launch a rebuild.

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Knicks, Nets postpone games

January, 26, 2015
Jan 26
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NOAA/Getty ImagesForecasts project 20 to 30 inches of snow to fall in New York City and surrounding areas over the next two days.

With one of the largest snowstorms in recent history bearing down on the New York City area, the NBA has postponed the New York Knicks' and Brooklyn Nets' home games scheduled for Monday night.

With the National Weather Service describing this storm as a "crippling and potentially historic" blizzard, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday. Forecast projections for New York City and areas surrounding it predict that up to 20 to 30 inches of snow could hit the area over the next two days.

The Knicks' game against the Sacramento Kings has been rescheduled for March 3. The Nets' game against the Portland Trail Blazers has been rescheduled for April 6.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency for New Jersey. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference Monday afternoon that all non-emergency vehicles are ordered off the streets of New York at 11 p.m. and that city schools are closed for Tuesday.

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Joe Johnson battling tendinitis

January, 25, 2015
Jan 25
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Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Nets' Joe Johnson says he's been playing through tendinitis in his right knee and left ankle.

Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson revealed he has recently been playing through tendinitis.

"I've just got tendinitis real bad in my right knee and in my left ankle," Johnson told Newsday following his team's blowout loss Saturday night in Utah. "I've been playing with both of them and been pretty banged up for probably about the past month and a half or so. We don't have time to have guys sit and rest, like some other teams do. We just don't have the roster for that, so I just have to play through it."

In 13 games during January, Johnson, 33, is shooting just 36.2 percent from the field and averaging 13.1 points in 36.7 minutes.

The Nets are currently without point guard Deron Williams, who has missed nine straight games due to a rib cartilage fracture. It is unknown when he will return. Reserve Mirza Teletovic was also lost for the season Friday due to blood clots in his lungs.

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Hayward has 24 as Jazz roll over reeling Nets 108-73

January, 24, 2015
Jan 24

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Trey Burke had 19 as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points and Dante Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke, who came off the bench.

Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.

One game after Brooklyn's worst defeat of the season -- 123-84 to the Clippers -- the Nets were again listless.

They are 3-10 in January and a half-game back of Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Nets' Mirza Teletovic out for season

January, 23, 2015
Jan 23
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Cem Ozdel/Getty ImagesMirza Teletovic is sidelined for the rest of the season because of blood clots in his lungs.

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with multiple blood clots in his lungs, the team announced Friday.

Teletovic left Thursday night's 123-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center after experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital.

"Our first thoughts are with Mirza and his family," Nets GM Billy King said Friday in a statement. "We are very fortunate that our medical staff, along with the ER staff at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles, were able to diagnose the problem. I have visited with Mirza this morning, and he is in good spirits as he begins his treatment and recovery."

A battery of tests -- including a CT scan -- revealed the seriousness of his condition. Teletovic will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further testing and begin receiving blood thinners, the team said. He will return to the New York area upon being cleared. The official medical term for what Teletovic has is bilateral pulmonary embolus.

Teletovic had tweeted after the game that he was OK:

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LOS ANGELES -- Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to a local hospital during Thursday night's 123-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after experiencing shortness of breath.

He later tweeted that he was OK:

"He just told me he wasn't feeling well," Nets coach Lionel Hollins told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne immediately after the game. "I asked if he had the flu, and he said, 'No. I don't know what it is. I just don't feel right.' Hopefully he'll text me soon after he gets looked at."

Teletovic had gone to the locker room accompanied by trainer Tim Walsh late in the second quarter after logging eight minutes.

Since missing three games with a hip injury in mid-December, Teletovic is averaging 6.4 points on 32.2 percent shooting -- including 30.4 percent from 3-point range (21 games).

The Nets already are without point guard Deron Williams, who has missed the past eight games due to a rib cartilage fracture. Kevin Garnett (rest) also did not play Thursday.

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul tossed up an alley-oop pass to center DeAndre Jordan, who finished with a monster slam on Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.

Clippers 123, Nets 84: Total domination

January, 22, 2015
Jan 22
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have had a hard time this season maintaining leads at home. They will go up by double-digits early but squander the lead and be forced to hold on late in games that should have been over by the third quarter.

That wasn't the case Thursday as their lead grew to 13 in the first quarter, 35 in the second quarter and 46 by the time the fourth quarter rolled around as the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-84 to win their third game in a row before embarking on a stretch that will see them play the next 10 games in 10 different cities. The Clippers are now tied for the fifth seed in the West and just 1 1/2 games out of the second-best record in the West.

Surprise of the night: Sure, the Clippers were favored to win the game but no one saw them going up by 46 points in the fourth quarter and 35 points before the half. It was a blowout from beginning to end and probably the Clippers' most dominating win of the season against a current playoff team.

Celebrities of the night: Hollywood descended on Lob City for Thursday's game as Jay-Z and Beyonce sat courtside along with Floyd Mayweather, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Dez Bryant. Jay-Z and Beyonce, who chatted with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer at the half, stayed until the bitter end of the blowout, and Clippers fans started to chant "We want Pacquiao!" at a smiling Mayweather late in the game.

Stat of the night: The Clippers shot 59 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. The Nets shot 37.5 percent from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc. That's not going to happen often but when it does, the Clippers are always going to win handily.

Players of the night: Blake Griffin had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul had 6 points, 17 assists and 5 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick had 17 points apiece.

LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, when the Clippers led by 33 points, and Los Angeles went on to its largest victory ever over the Brooklyn Nets, 123-84 Thursday night.

J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford added 17 points each, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul had a season-high 17 assists for the Clippers, who have won nine of their last 12 and three in a row.

With Kevin Garnett resting, the Nets were led by Mason Plumlee with 16 points. Darius Morris and Jerome Jordan had 11 points each, and Jordan had 11 rebounds. They have lost nine of 11.

The Clippers put the game away in the first half, when they shot 66 percent and Jordan had already secured his double-double.

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Joe Johnson
15.5 3.7 0.9 35.5
ReboundsK. Garnett 7.1
AssistsD. Williams 6.3
StealsJ. Jack 1.2
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6