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The Nets had lost seven straight games to the Knicks at the Barclays Center going into Friday night but it was clear that new head coach Lionel Hollins had his guys prepared for battle. Joe Johnson, always the Nets’ best shooter, was not only draining three-point shots but was more than holding his own defending Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony who had an off-night. Point guard Deron Williams and center/forward Brook Lopez also played like the All-Stars that they once were.

If the triumvirate of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez can stay healthy the entire season, and that’s a very big “if,” the Nets are capable of beating nearly any team on a given night.

The Knicks should play a lot better once point guard Jose Calderon comes off the injured list. Calderon is not only a skilled playmaker but a guy who can reliably knock down outside jumpers. Calderon’s understudy, Shane Larkin, who came to the Knicks in an off-season trade with the Dallas Mavericks, has been doing a respectable job.

Shane is the son of Cincinnati Red Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. Shane confirmed to me that his dad was willing to come to the Mets in 2000 but refused a trade to them when our Flushing heroes would not offer him a three-year contract. Having even a past-his-prime Barry Larkin at shortstop would have been preferable to Mike Bordick or even Rey Ordonez. Same old Mets, even back then.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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