The highs and the lows have come quickly this season for Brooklyn, which beat the Heat on Friday and lost to the Magic on Sunday. "The win at home against Miami (on Friday) doesn't mean anything if we come in here and lay an egg and that's what we did," said Deron Williams. ... "[If] we want to be one of the best teams in this league, the best team in this league when it's all said and done, we've got to perform better in these situations." It had Kevin Garnett already questioning his role, considering the Nets are 1-2 and he has yet to crack double-digits scoring. "I've got to get better with what I'm doing, making my minutes more productive," Garnett said. "I'm just being a little more passive, trying to be the glue, if you will. I need to be a little more aggressive at times." (New York Daily News) Comment
It is through one of the more delicate stories to this point of the season that Miami finds itself in the spotlight. Jonathan Martin's representatives have notified the Dolphins about allegations of player misconduct within the locker room, spurring the team to ask the NFL to launch an independent inquiry late Sunday. ... The latest twist: Young Dolphins players are under pressure to dig deep into their pockets to pay for veterans' social outings, a phenomenon that has put strain on their finances and locker room chemistry, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. One young defensive player, whose privacy the Miami Herald is protecting, is on his way to going broke because he has been unable to say no to the older players, the source said. (The Miami Herald) Comment
What a difference a few years makes in Philly. Three years and one month ago, Carlos Ruiz carefully stepped over Brandon Phillips' bat and fired to first base. Then he sprinted to the mound and embraced Roy Halladay for the second historic battery hug between the pitcher and catcher in 2010. ... Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has expressed interest in bringing both Ruiz and Halladay back for the 2014 season. But a month has passed and the Phillies' exclusive negotiating period ends today. The Phils can increase their chances at retaining each player via a qualifying offer, although it's a very expensive risk to take. Per Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, teams can guarantee compensation for free agents by extending a qualifying offer. (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment
Bucs RB Mike James threw a jump-pass TD in a 27-24 OT loss to the 'Hawks. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo threw down a 360 dunk in his team's 107-86 blowout of the Nets.