BROOKLYN BEATS MANHATTAN: Nets 96, Knicks 89


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Passing masterpiece. Exploited his own mismatches and others. Found everyone with everything: no-looks, one-hand bounce passes in the lane, and just smart looks. Got electric M-V-P chants near the end. Looked like a superstar point guard, with one exception: he’s still having trouble with his outside shot.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Would’ve been great to see him. (Did have one great feed to Lopez late in regulation for a layup, which salvages him slightly).

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Hit his season high for points… in the first half. Knocked down threes. Deron Williams found him for one really nice dunk as he cut through the open lane. Played solid defense on ‘Melo, particularly in the first quarter. Can’t ever fault the energy and attacked the rim with purpose, particularly on that great fake-and-layup with 2:20 left in overtime to put the Nets up six.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Quiet first half, but wasn’t ineffective: got his rebounds and played okay defense, even when defending often out of position. Got his first bucket on a feed-and-dunk from Deron Williams in the third, but continues a stretch of playing almost zero crunch time minutes — and they didn’t miss him.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Solid. Not his best defensive night, which is saying something. Got abused on the Knicks triple-screen plays late. But hit his shots, picked up a double-double and actually outrebounded Tyson Chandler, though he should have his rebounds revoked when he turns it over in the backcourt — which seems to happen once per game.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

Didn’t shoot well. Did an admirable job guarding Melo on the perimeter, but once Melo went inside on him and starting banging in the post it was clear he was outmatched.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Quintessential.

Jerry Stackhouse SHOOTING GUARD

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Comments

  1. Your grades are kind of on the high side. If this is an A for Lopez and A+ for Williams, what kind of grades are they going to get when they play great all around games?

    Chandler shot 12 for 13 for 28 points for crying out loud! His TS% was approximately eleventy million %. Lopez’s whole contribution is on offense, so if he gets outplayed this severely on the offensive end, how does that rate a garde of an A?

    Williams had a very strong game, but shot 6-17 (1-6 from 3) with 16 points, and had 4 turnovers. If that merits an A+, what happens when he shoots 11-15, and 3-3 from 3, with 2 to’s? Does he get an A++?

    I want this site to do well, but to be taken seriously we all have to be more objective and realistic about the players, and not be a fan boy site.