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Mirza Teletovic (lungs) went through practice on Monday.

He is still very unlikely to play on Wednesday, but this is fantastic news. Teletovic has been practicing since Friday and he's cleared to play in games. If he does play, he'll likely take some minutes away from Mason Plumlee or maybe Markel Brown with the Nets tweaking their rotation.
Apr 20 - 2:36 PM

Markel Brown could be headed to the bench for Game 2 vs. the Hawks.

Brown, who started Sunday's game, was benched to begin the second half for Bojan Bogdanovic. Lionel Hollins, your thoughts? "Bogey is really the starter," Hollins said. "And Markel, I play him to get some experience and some minutes. And usually, if he's playing better, he gets to play in the second half. If he's not, then I stick with the guy who's the starter. It's not rocket science" With Alan Anderson (ankle) now back, Brown could very well wind up as a DNP-CD.
Source: Newsday
Apr 20 - 11:01 AM

Markel Brown started Sunday's game but he was benched in the second half and finished with only four points and one rebound in six minutes.

Bojan Bogdanovic usurped his starting job and Brown didn't even leave the bench in the third and fourth quarters. Given tonight's disappearing act, it's impossible to rely on him when the Nets try to even the series on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 8:29 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic started ahead of Markel Brown in the second half of Sunday's loss in Atlanta, but he shot 2-of-8 to finish with five points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

Bogdanovic was averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 triples on 52.6 percent shooting in April, but he struggled tonight due to a combination of poor shot selection and the Hawks' tight defense. Atlanta ranked seventh in the NBA in 3-point defense this season, holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting beyond the arc, so Bogdanovic and the Nets have their work cut out for them.
Apr 19 - 8:29 PM

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 36 minutes on Sunday, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

BroLo averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds after the All-Star break and he'll need to have a huge series for Brooklyn to hang with the top-seeded Hawks. His offense was even more critical tonight with backup center Mason Plumlee going scoreless without any field goal attempts in 12 minutes.
Apr 19 - 8:28 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle) returned from a seven-game absence to open the playoffs with five points in 16 minutes of action off the Nets' bench.

He shot 2-of-3 from the field with one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and one steal, and his perimeter shooting is a welcome addition for the Nets -- not counting Anderson, they were a combined 4-of-19 from downtown tonight. Anderson doesn't have a playing-time restriction but he's unlikely to average more than 20 minutes vs. the Hawks.
Apr 19 - 8:27 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson scored 17 points on 6-of-17 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs during a loss to his former team in Atlanta on Sunday, adding six rebounds, six assists and two steals without any turnovers.

The home crowd booed Johnson every time he touched the ball, and the 14-year veteran shot poorly while missing all six of his 3-point attempts. He took over primary ball-handling duties on many possessions down the stretch and will continue to be leaned on heavily -- he's averaging 34.6 minutes per game over the past month, the highest total of any player more than 30 years old.
Apr 19 - 8:23 PM

Deron Williams scored 13 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in a losing effort vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

The Nets committed 17 turnovers vs. 18 assists and their offense struggled when it wasn't flowing through Brook Lopez, who only attempted seven field goals. Backup PG Jarrett Jack chipped in 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench, but he had only two assists with five turnovers. They'll look to regroup in a must-win road game on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 8:23 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle) will not have a minutes restriction for Sunday's Game 1 against the Hawks.

Head coach Lionel Hollins said that Anderson "looked fine" during Sunday's shootaround, so he should slot into his usual role getting around 20 minutes off the bench. Anderson's return to the rotation will likely hurt the value of Bojan Bogdanovic.
Apr 19 - 4:12 PM

Darius Morris (illness) returned to practice on Saturday.

It looks like he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, but he won't see more than a few minutes as long as Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams are healthy. We should have another update after shootaround.
Apr 18 - 12:41 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle) said he'll be good to go for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

All signs are pointing towards Anderson being available, which dampens the value of Bajon Bogdanovic. He should see his minutes in the mid-20s if is indeed able to play on Sunday.
Apr 17 - 2:17 PM

Darius Morris (flu) did not practice on Friday.

We're going to be considering Morris questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, but he's a negligible part of the Nets' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications if he's unavailable.
Apr 17 - 1:16 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

Anderson didn't play in the Nets' final seven games of the season, but it sounds like there's a chance he's ready to go for Game 1 when the Nets open up their first round series against the Hawks on Sunday. His return to action would likely take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic.
Apr 17 - 1:12 PM

Mirza Teletovic (lungs) has been cleared for basketball activities, but he will remain sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

Teletovic was a full participant during Friday's practice, and while he will for sure spend the first two games of the Nets playoff series against the Hawks on the sidelines, there's a chance he enters the rotation after that. He's been out since January 22, so even if he is able to return, it'll likely be in a very limited capacity. He could potentially take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic when he is able to return to the rotation.
Apr 17 - 12:54 PM

Deron Williams said he wasn't "bothered at all" by Paul Pierce's recent comments that the pressure from the New York media "really affected" Williams' game.

"Being here, I got pretty thick skin," Williams said. "He has his opinions, and that's fine. It's what it is. I can't change his opinions. So just leave it at that." Williams’ numbers are down significantly from his days in Utah when people would debate who was better, Williams or Chris Paul, but that could also be attributed to the fact that Williams has dealt with some pretty serious ankle issues over the years. Until Williams can carry his team on a deep playoff run, criticism will continue to find the point guard and his massive contract.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 9:30 AM


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