Started slow but began hitting shots and finding teammates in the third quarter, taking over as the Nets turned a ten-point halftime deficit into a commanding lead.
Johnson & Williams looked like Brooklyn’s backcourt, particularly in the second half — Johnson got open in the right spaces and hit his shots. Amazing what playing the Bobcats can do for you.
If the object of basketball was anything but to score, Gerald Wallace would be this team’s best player. It’s impossible to question his effort or desire. But the constant stream of missed jumpers and layups is eternally frustrating. He did end the game with the highlight of the right, though, dunking on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Offensive struggles aside, it’s hard to discount his great job defensively tonight, most notably swatting away layups with emphasis at the rim.
Invisible in the first half, possibly by design — he barely touched the ball when he was on the floor — but got many more touches in the third and fourth quarter, and the lead bounced in favor of Brooklyn accordingly. Got the easy ones (open dunks created by Deron Williams) and the hard ones (a 22-footer, a fadeaway jumper that hit the front of the rim and bounced in).
Couple of fancy moves. More enjoyable than not.
When no one else was scoring in the first quarter, Bogans hit two threes. #RoleStarHipHop.
Under serious flak for his poor performance since the All-Star break, Evans put up a classic “Good Reggie” game — a few field goals, 16 rebounds, some floor-crashing and possession-busting, and one instance where he saved Ben Gordon’s life by directing Gerald Wallace away from him after Wallace felt he was intentionally fouled.
Got significant minutes now that Humphries is out of the rotation, and outside of an early three and some fancy passing, didn’t do much with them.