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Brook Lopez becomes first player in NBA this season to be named Player of the Week in consecutive weeks


The Nets are currently in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, and while nothing is yet guaranteed, they seem primed to make the playoffs.

It wasn’t at all like this for the majority of the season, and the recent play of Brook Lopez is a huge reason the Nets have been so formidable as of late, going 11-3 over their last 14 games.

Lopez has been posting 30-point games on a regular basis; per Nets PR, he’s had six of them since March 1, which trails only Russell Westbrook (10) and James Harden (9) during that span.

He’s been recognized for his efforts by being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for his second straight week — something no other player has been able to accomplish this season.

From the official release:

Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week behind team-leading averages of 20.8 points (sixth in the conference), 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and 2.0 blocks (tied-fifth in the conference).  Lopez shot better than 50 percent in all four contests, and ranked seventh in the East for the week with a field goal percentage of 59.4. He recorded two point-rebound double-doubles, including a 30-point, 17-rebound outing during a 114-109 win over the Toronto Raptors on April 3.

Lopez’s late-season surge is good news/bad news for the Nets.

In the short term, they may make the playoffs, which is always the goal in Brooklyn — they don’t own the rights to any draft picks in the near future, so tanking doesn’t help, and continuing to be a playoff team will help build a strong fan base that hasn’t yet materialized.

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In the future, however, it may mean that Lopez becomes too expensive to retain in free agency. He has a player option for $16.7 million for next season, and though that may seem like a lot, he can opt out of it to secure more guaranteed dollars on a long-term deal.

If that’s the route he chooses, it would likely mean he ends up playing somewhere else.

Damian Lillard awarded three for top of key jumper (VIDEO)

Brooklyn Nets V Portland Trail Blazers

Brooklyn beat Portland 106-96 in the lone NBA game Monday night, and it shouldn’t have been that close.

I mean literally. It should not have been that close.

Above you see a shot Damian Lillard took officially with 8:41 left in the third quarter, for which he was awarded three points — the referee raises his hands and awards it. This wouldn’t have even been a three for Duke or Wisconsin Monday night, it was about 18 feet. Lillard was behind the arc for the top of the key, not the three-point line, but the official apparently got confused. Then this was not reviewed at the next stoppage in play, so it stood.

Lillard finished with 36 (not 35) but it didn’t matter because Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez dropped 32 on his brother Robin and the Nets got a win that seriously boosts their chance of getting into the playoffs.


Nets’ Thaddeus Young throws it down over Blazers’ Meyers Leonard (VIDEO)

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The Nets’ win over the Blazers was the NBA’s only contest on this night, and this was perhaps its best highlight.

Thaddeus Young cleared enough space to go up and over Meyers Leonard for a powerful slam, one which put his team up by 13 points with three minutes to play.

Brooklyn won 106-96, to remain in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

[via The Brooklyn Game]