Christmas Nightmare On Flatbush: Nets Destroyed by Bulls, 95-78


Jason Terry POINT GUARD

So desperately want to give him an A+ for the high candy cane socks, but he was complicit in the team’s demoralizing defensive third quarter effort, so no fun for you.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Took some terrible shots and looked oddly lifeless on the offensive end.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

I barely remember him playing and it just happened.

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

Played good defense and hit two mid-range jumpers, but what I said after the last game holds true: even though he gives 100%, his body only allows him to give 100% for a few minutes at a time these days.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Quiet, but his presence as a fifth option is only felt strongly when the other guys are succeeding — it opens the floor for opportunities for him. Still: quiet.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

As tempting as it is to blame the entire team, starting with its floor general, Williams was one of the few bright spots on offense for this team. Hit shots inside and out and had surprisingly little trouble getting into the lane on a few possessions. The team only really struggled once he went down in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. They were only down 57-52 at that point. When he returned, the Nets were down 82-61 in the middle of the fourth quarter. They didn’t stand a chance without him.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Sometimes I wonder if he has a chemical dependency on isolations. Johnson actually looked fine in the first half, getting loose on the weak side and running a decent isolation that ended with an open layup, but then he just fell back on it.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

No moments of brilliance tonight — just frustrating, inconsistent, ridiculous plays on both ends of the floor.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Got surprise playing time in the first quarter, brought energy when everyone else looked listless, but didn’t have the length or defensive acumen to hold back Taj Gibson or Joakim Noah.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Caught fire for a brief point in the third quarter, hitting a three-pointer, a floater in the lane, and a sweet spin move around Mike Dunleavy. Struggled with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson on the other side, including one wild putback dunk near the end of the game that was a particularly loud exclamation point on this garbage dump of a game.


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