Brooklyn Closes It Out, Somehow: Nets 97, Bucks 94 (Game Grades)


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Like yesterday, it seemed like there was nothing Williams could do to stop Jennings — Jennings just absolutely destroys the Nets, for whatever reason — and when considering his performance in a vacuum, I thought he played quite well. Took smart shots and hit them, had some really pretty dishes, and hit what would have been a daggerous three-pointer with 1:50 left to give him 20 points and put the Nets up 11 if the Nets were anything close to competent at the end of games.

A couple of shoddy late-game plays — a turnover, a horribly short free throw — bump him down a notch, but from start to finish, hard not to argue with this Deron Williams.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Hit his first two shots and celebrated with a quiet remainder of the evening. Thought he was fine, other than his shooting, but that’s a big problem.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Game-clinching rebound and the game’s best highlight dunk. I’ll take it.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Two stints: one completely uneventful one in the first quarter that ended with more fouls than minutes, and a far more eventful one in the fourth that included some key rebounds and an and-one fadeaway off-balance jumper.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Awful start, maddening throughout, sat the fourth quarter and entirely justifiable.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

I think I figured it out: Blatche makes 25% looks 40% of the time and 70% looks 55% of the time. Did a great job attacking the glass.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

Open threes, great defense, undeserved technicals. ROLE STAR HIP HOP.

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

Played an excellent third-to-fourth quarter stretch: in attack mode without forcing, hit an open three, and keyed an 11-0 run that gave the Nets a lead for the first time since the game’s opening possessions.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

I’m not going to fault him for taking advantage of having an offense run through him for possessions at a time. If the Nets want to give him shots, that’s a strategical decision. But: what the hell?

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Got some early minutes thanks to Kris Humphries foul trouble and delivered: didn’t hit any shots in the first quarter but looked comfortable in the offense and took good shots. Now if only he’d, well, make one.

C.J. Watson POINT GUARD

Big game for Watson; solid role star impression in the first half, netting three open left corner threes by sneaking away from an unprepared/unsuspecting defense. Hit a huge layup when everyone would expect Joe Johnson to shoot to put the Nets up 4.


Comments

  1. I give PJC a B+ today. He finally benched Reggie Evans early in the 3rd with the team down 10 and didn’t look back.