JOE JOHNSON DOES IT AGAIN! Nets 100, Suns 98 (OT) (GAME GRADES)


Jason Terry POINT GUARD

He’s shooting a ton of clankers.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Some high-energy minutes, as he is wont to do, capped off by a nice dunk to close the third quarter:

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

The only Nets player scoring worth a damn in the first half, didn’t slow that down in the second. Over the course of this team’s first seven games and struggles, he has quietly been the team’s offensive rock.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Incredible display with playing time. Played brilliantly in the absence of Deron Williams, keying the team’s explosive 20-0 run stretching between the second and third quarters with defensive stops and offensive wizardry. Livingston got in the lane with ease and spread the ball around. Brook Lopez once said that Livingston goes out of his way in practice to find out where players like to catch the ball in a position to shoot, and that high-level intelligence was on display tonight.

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

Hit a 20-foot jumper and got another shot inside off a Shaun Livingston feed, which was nice, but couldn’t hit anything else. Looked a little more spry defensively, and had one nice hustle play late in the fourth quarter, though the Suns — and any team with a power forward that can shoot threes — has the potential to expose him.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

At some point, SportVU has to make publicly available player shooting percentages on open shots vs. contested shots, and if you don’t get why that applies to Alan Anderson, I don’t know what to tell you.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Hope he’s okay and for now I’ll leave it at that.

(We don’t have an incomplete option for grades as of now. That’s what this C means.)

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

GAME TYING SHOT IN REGULATION GAME WINNER AT THE BUZZER IN OVERTIME FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Had a rough first half and made up for it with an absolutely dominant second-half performance. Sometimes it helps to be large and long and have arguably the softest touch from within nine feet in the league. Scored easily over Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee in the post and got open near the basket for easy assisted dunks and layups.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

On his first possession of the game, ran away from his defensive assignment like he was allergic to the basketball, but hit a jumper, so, cool?

Seriously, it’s so frustrating to see Blatche just good enough at dribbling for a seven-footer that it completely takes away from the basket on many possessions, when he’s so much stronger when he stays inside.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Hey, he played!