As Royce Young of Daily Thunder says...
Is Brook Lopez the best (healthy) offensive center in basketball right now? I think he is.
— Royce Young (@dailythunder) January 3, 2013
Deron Williams hasn't taken much time off since joining the Brooklyn Nets in February 2011. During last year's NBA lockout, Williams was the highest-profile player to make the leap overseas, joining Turkish basketball club Besiktas in Istanbul for fifteen games. He's had wrist surgery, and various ailments have kept him out of 12 games over the past two seasons.
Williams has dealt with various physical, emotional, and mental struggles since joining Brooklyn, and according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Williams believes that his lack of resting time has contributed to his struggles:
GM Billy King said on the radio Sunday that Williams might be burnt out from playing consecutive summers overseas (in the Turkish league and Olympics). Williams, who has been dealing with nagging injuries – including a bum ankle and wrist — essentially agreed.
“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning,” Williams said. “I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general.
“I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.”
Check out the results from your grades of the Brooklyn Nets' 104-73 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, where Deron Williams gets his worst marks yet.
Shout out to everyone that graded Gerald Wallace as the team's MVP, despite (nay, because of) the fact that he sat out with a bruised right knee.
Check out the box score from last night's debacle here.
Some quick reactions:
After opening the game with an encouraging three-pointer off a nice pick/handoff play with Brook Lopez, Williams didn't score again in the half as Tony Parker tore him and his backups limb from scoring-point-guard limb. Scored both of the team's two field goals in the third quarter, but good heavens did he look awful versus Parker. -35 does it justice.
Looked like he was getting into a rhythm in the second quarter. Didn't score in the second half.
Played his first minutes since December 19th and had some good moments; hit a nice hook shot out of a spin move in the post and drew a foul on a dunk attempt. Not the reason the Nets got blown out, but wasn't exactly a catalyst for good.
I spent all morning praising your defense and this is how you repay me!? Scored well enough to buoy his numbers, but what terrible execution defending screens and the pick-and-roll. Actually played isolation & post-ups decently, but got shredded whenever two guys moved in different directions.
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Had his best game and did most of his damage in garbage time.
WHY IN THE WORLD IS REGGIE EVANS SHOOTING MIDRANGE JUMPERS WHEN THE NETS ARE GETTING BLOWN OUT I JUST DON'T GET IT HAPPY NEW YEAR I GUESS
Happy New Year! Grade the Game at any time!
Tonight: The 16-14 Brooklyn Nets take on the 24-8 San Antonio Spurs at 7 P.M. EST, at AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Nets have won two straight against the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers at home, while the Spurs are on a five-game winning streak with an average margin of victory of 18.8 points per game.
Broadcast: The game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle & Mike Fratello are on the call. The game will be radio broadcast on WFAN 660 AM, with Chris Carrino & Tim Capstraw, and in Spanish on WADO.
Injury report: Starting forward Gerald Wallace is out with a bruised right knee. Kris Humphries is active, but will come off the bench if at all -- he has yet to practice since incurring a mild abdominal strain last week.
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Keith Bogans, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez
San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter
Brooklyn Nets: 103.3 offensive rating (10th), 103.7 defensive rating (21st), 90.37 possessions per game (29th)
San Antonio Spurs: 107.2 offensive rating (5th), 98.8 defensive rating (5th), 97.16 possessions per game (2nd)