Brooklyn Nets Notebook: Insights ahead of game vs. Chicago Bulls

Nets get a much-needed boost with the return of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert

BROOKLYN -- Here’s what we learned from the Nets practice and shootaround over the weekend.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert Return

For the first time since Jan. 26, the Nets will have two of their top defenders back in action as Hollis-Jefferson and LeVert are available to play against the Bulls.

The Nets are 1-15 without Hollis-Jefferson and 0-5 without LeVert. Both players are excited to be back in the fold and they hope to help the Nets snap the team’s eight-game losing streak.  

“Feels like a while,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Watching everything that we’ve been going through, it’s been tough. Now that it’s here [his return to action], it feels good. It feels like the wait and everything that I’ve done, it’s all worth it.”

LeVert hopes that the combination of an almost healthy crowd and being back in Barclays Center will give Brooklyn a spark.

“It feels good to get back out there, especially at home in front of this good crowd,” LeVert said.

Can Nets Get Back on Track?

Brooklyn is winless in February and since the turn of the New Year, the team has won six of its last 24 games. With the Nets having a relatively young team, culture building is paramount for the locker room. Kenny Atkinson wants to make sure that his side is making progress this season and building positive momentum for the 2018-19 campaign.

“We’re in a downward trend right now and I think it’s so important that we get it back going this way,” Atkinson said on Friday pointing upwards. “I felt like it was trending that way most of the year, we’ve had a lot of good stretches, but we’ve hit this skid…We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to finish this season going up.”

Aside from injuries, which have obviously played a factor, the Nets haven’t been helped by the schedule lately. Since Jan. 1, the Nets have only played two teams that are currently out of playoff position in the Hawks and the Hornets. Going up against a struggling Chicago side (20-39) on Monday, Brooklyn has an opportunity to finally end its recent woes.

“Definitely a key game for us. They are an up and coming team, just like we are. They’ve had some tough losses, just like we have,” DeMarre Carroll explained on Friday. “They are coming into our home court so hopefully we can come out and compete at a high level. Get this win.”

Carroll added, “I know they are going to come in hungry. We got to treat them like we’re playing the Cavs or Toronto or any of those other teams. So we’ve got to come in with our hard hats and be ready to work. “

Will Brooklyn’s New Lineup Build on Promising Signs?

Against the Hornets, Atkinson unveiled a new starting five for Brooklyn, having Spencer Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Carroll and Jarrett Allen open the game.

The group opened up strong in Charlotte, only trailing by two heading into halftime. Then the second half came and the Nets were unable to keep up with the home side, losing 111-96. With the same lineup expected to take the court against the Bulls, Brooklyn hopes to see improvement from the group.

Despite the result, Carroll believes there were a lot of positives from the new lineup.

“I think we came out with firepower, we didn’t get down 20 like we normally do. It was good.” Carroll said. “Of course with anything new, it’s going to take time. We can take a lot of positives from it. Having Spence and DLo, two ball handlers in there, it’s going to open up a lot of things for us.”

Brooklyn Nets Stat Leaders

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2018-19 Season

Summer League

  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 06 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 80-86

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dawson
    19PTS
    Shawn Dawson
    S. Christon
    4ASTS
    Semaj Christon
    J. Webb III
    8RBS
    James Webb III
    NBA TV
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    SaturdaySat Jul 07 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 76-90

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Pinson
    16PTS
    Theo Pinson
    J. McLaughlin
    6ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    7RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    NBA TV
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    MondayMon Jul 09 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 69-78

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    Y. Watanabe
    14PTS
    Yuta Watanabe
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPNU
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    WednesdayWed Jul 11 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 102-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    M. Doyle
    21PTS
    Milton Doyle
    M. Doyle
    6ASTS
    Milton Doyle
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPN 2
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    FridayFri Jul 13 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 79-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Davis
    19PTS
    Tyler Davis
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    9RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    ESPNU

Regular Season

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    7:00pmET
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    7:30pmET
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    SaturdaySat Oct 20 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
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    WednesdayWed Oct 24 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
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    SundaySun Oct 28 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    MondayMon Oct 29 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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    WednesdayWed Oct 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    FridayFri Nov 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Nov 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Nov 16 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
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    SaturdaySat Nov 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    TuesdayTue Nov 20 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
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    WednesdayWed Nov 21 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    8:30pmET
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    FridayFri Nov 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    12:00pmET
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    SundaySun Nov 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    WednesdayWed Nov 28 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 01 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Dec 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 07 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 08 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 12 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 16 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:00pmET
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Dec 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    NBA TV
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 19 United Center, Chicago, IL
    8:00pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 28 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
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    SaturdaySat Dec 29 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
    5:00pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    FridayFri Jan 04 FedExForum, Memphis, TN
    8:00pmET
  • away game
    SundaySun Jan 06 United Center, Chicago, IL
    3:30pmET
  • away game
    MondayMon Jan 07 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 09 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 11 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Jan 16 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    8:00pmET
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 18 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:30pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Jan 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    MondayMon Jan 28 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Jan 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Jan 31 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    8:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 02 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    NBA TV
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Feb 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    MondayMon Feb 11 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
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    WednesdayWed Feb 13 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
    7:00pmET
    ESPN
  • home game
    ThursdayThu Feb 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 23 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 27 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    FridayFri Mar 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 02 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Mar 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    NBA TV
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Mar 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 09 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Mar 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Mar 13 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
    8:00pmET
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    SaturdaySat Mar 16 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
    9:00pmET
  • away game
    SundaySun Mar 17 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    9:00pmET
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    TuesdayTue Mar 19 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
    10:00pmET
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    FridayFri Mar 22 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    10:30pmET
  • away game
    MondayMon Mar 25 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    10:00pmET
    NBA TV
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Mar 28 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Mar 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
  • home game
    MondayMon Apr 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Apr 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Apr 06 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
    5:00pmET
    NBA TV
  • away game
    SundaySun Apr 07 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    5:00pmET
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Apr 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    8:00pmET

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