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The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of playoff elimination if they happen to get defeated by the Brooklyn Nets tonight in the Staples Center.  It would also mark the first time since 2004 that LeBron James would miss the postseason.  The Lakers on currently on a four-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fifth straight loss, which would tie their longest losing streak on the season.

The Nets, however, are trying to stay alive in the playoff run as they are sitting at the seventh seed with a 37-36 record.  They are seeking their second straight victory as D’Angelo Russell hopes to beat his former team.  It’s been four straight years since the Brooklyn Nets failed to make the playoffs but their confidence is at an all-time high.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets have met up with each other a grand total of 92 times as the Lakers won 68 games, holding the New York team to just 24 victories.  This event tonight will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  December 18 was the last time they played each other as the Nets escaped with a 115-110 win.  During that game, D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 36 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Allen Crabbe (knee; 9.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 36.7 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 73.2 FT%)
-Shabazz Napier (illness; 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 38.9 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.9 FG%, 26.2 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.3 FG%, 19.1 3P%, 64.9 FT%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.9 FG%, 28.2 3P%, 86.4 FT%)
-Alan Williams (G-League; 3.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Lonzo Ball (ankle; 9.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 40.6 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 41.7 FT%)
-Josh Hart (knee; 7.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.7 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 68.8 FT%)
-Brandon Ingram (Deep Venous Thrombosis; 18.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49.7 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 67.5 FT%)
-Lance Stephenson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 43.5 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 67.7 FT%)
-Scott Machado (coach’s decision)
-Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 38.4 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 81.5 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Brooklyn Nets shot thirty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed thirty-two percent of their shots.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ shooting guard Joe Harris ended up scoring thirteen points while drilling three 3-pointers.  The other four points came from the charity stripe.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Jarrett Allen contributed with nine points and nine rebounds.

D’Angelo Russell would drop six points in the first half while finishing the game with 21 points against his former squad.  Rookie Rodions Kurucs was able to knock down a three-pointer early in the first quarter while DeMarre Carroll was held scoreless.  Spencer Dinwiddie played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, JaVale McGee got hot for fourteen points while shooting seventy-eight percent from the field.  He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while  Kyle Kuzma recorded eleven points while hitting two three-pointers.  LeBron James only had eight points in the first half but managed to get four rebounds and six assists.  Texas-native Alex Caruso played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Nets went into the locker room with a close 44-43 lead.

The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles would continue to battle it out as the Lakers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty-four percent.  Carroll would make up for his scoreless first half as he got hot for 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers in the process.  He also collected five rebounds while Russell also had 15 points.  The former Laker hit four shots from beyond the arc while dishing out eight assists and grabbing a defensive rebound.  Dinwiddie played the most minutes off the bench as he earned 14 points, hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

As for the California ball club, McGee continued to show out as he poured 19 more points on the Nets while shooting seventy-three percent from the field.  He was able to pull down 11 more rebounds while preventing three of the Nets shots to go in.  James warmed up with 17 points while recording eight more assists and five rebounds to go along with a steal and a block.  Caruso had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Brooklyn Nets crept away with a 111 to 106 win over the Lakers, officially eliminating them from the playoffs.  This would be the sixth straight year that the Lakers would miss the playoffs and the first time over a decade that LeBron James would miss the postseason.

Joe Harris finished the game with twenty-six points, three rebounds, and two assists while D’Angelo had 21 points against his former team, along with two rebounds, thirteen assists, and three steals.  JaVale McGee ended up with a career-high thirty-three points and a career-high twenty rebounds.  He also had one steal and six blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Oregon for their next stop to battle Damian Lillard (26.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (44-27) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 21 when the Trail Blazers handed the Nets a 113-99 loss.  Jusuf Nurkic finished the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks while Allen Crabbe settled for 17 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Buddy Hield (20.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (35-36) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 30 as the Lakers slid away with a 121-114 win.  During that game, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, gave out one assist and stole the ball twice while De’Aaron Fox recorded 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

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The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets would mark the first of four games that these teams would play against each other.  The Brooklyn Nets finished last season with a 20-62 record, placing them in the last place in the Eastern Conference while the Pacers finished with a 42-40 record.  The Pacers would end up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2017 Playoffs, 0-4.  The Pacers would look to succeed this season without their superstar, Paul George.

The Nets would shoot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as a team while the Pacers shot forty-four percent from the field.  Victor Oladipo would heat up for twelve points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Texas-native Myles Turner would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected three defensive rebounds while Darren Collison dropped six points and dished off three assists.

On the other end of the court, new-point guard D’Angelo Russell ended up scoring eight points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Trevor Booker would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting seven points.  Allen Crabbe would put up five points while pulling down four defensive rebounds as the Nets walked into the second quarter with a 30 to 29 lead.

During the second quarter, the Nets shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Indiana team would shoot forty-eight percent.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ power Thaddeus Young would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also gobbled up three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Maryland-native Victor Oladipo would shoot put up seven more points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to record six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.

As for the New York team, Russell would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up eight more points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Lin would put up seven points while drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Rondae-Hollis-Jefferson, Timofey Mozgov and Trevor Booker would each score four points but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 65 to 63 lead.

The Indiana Pacers would go on a 41 to 35 run in the third quarter, shooting sixty-eight percent from the field while limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-seven percent.  Collison would heat up for eleven points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would also collect two rebounds and five assists.  Bojan Bogdanovic would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Stephenson would come off of the bench to also put up seven points but he would only shoot forty-three percent from the field.

On the other end of the court, Lin would score seven points, earning them all from the free-throw line.  Quincy Acy would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while Ohio-native Caris LeVert would put up five points.  Russell would only be limited to four points, earning two of them from the charity stripe but it was the Pacers who would have a 106-98 lead at the end of the third.

The last quarter would be tight as the Nets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Pacers ended up shooting forty-six percent from the field.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ point D’Angelo Russell would heat up for ten points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker would each earn themselves five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Caroll would earn three of his points from behind the arc while collecting three rebounds.  Booker earned three of his points from the free-throw line while collecting four rebounds.

As for the Indiana team, Cory Joseph dropped seven points off of the bench while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Turner would collect six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also grab four rebounds while Young put up four points, earning two of them from the free-throw line.  He also pulled down five rebounds as the Indiana Pacers would pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets.  Victor Oladipo would finish the game with twenty-two points, five rebounds and four assists while D’Angelo Russell finished with thirty points, three rebounds and five assists.