Nets 103, Cavaliers 100: Nets Survive Close One

Posted on: December 29th, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Not superstar production, but a solid effort. Some really beautiful quick passes, both in the half-court and on the fast break. Hit jumpers again, which is an anomaly. Had a ridiculous scoop-shot-layup-thing in the third quarter that I'm still struggling to explain, so that was kind of cool.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Hit his jumpers and had some good moments in the post. Hit 2 free Didn't attack the lane whatsoever, which has been a trend all year. Had a few iso-Joe moments, but they worked, so: wheeeeeeeeeee!

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Without even discussing his impact defensively -- he's such a smart rotator, certainly the best and most versatile of the starters -- Wallace is a key part to the Nets screen/flex offense, because unlike anyone else on the floor, he's strong enough to set hard screens on anyone but still talented enough that opposing defenses have to respect both his perimeter, interior, and dribble-drive game. Once he sets a screen on a pick-and-roll, the Nets have a wealth of options, and they don't even need him scoring to reap the benefits -- they'd just reap them a lot more if he was...

Brook Lopez CENTER

Detonated all over Tyler "I Am A Bad Defender" Zeller in the first 24 minutes to the tune of 21 points an six rebounds on 9-10 shooting in the half. Really impressive passing the ball for the second straight game, even if the assist totals again don't show it. Curiously enough, the team didn't go to him much in the second half, only really utilizing him in the fourth quarter, when he drew enough fouls to keep the lead apart. Unstoppable offense, another double-digit rebounding game... Sure, it's against the Varejao-less Cavs, but seems like he's at full strength, no?

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Andray Blatche played point center, worked a two-man game with Reggie Evans, and it worked Andray Blatche botched a spin move off the dribble and the ball somehow ended up in Gerald Wallace's hands for an uncontested layup. Andray Blatche hit a corner 3 for no reason. Andray Blatche stood and stared as Cavaliers drove to the rim with reckless abandon. Andray Blatche went up for a jumper, decided to pass out of the jumper at the peak, had no one to pass to, dropped the ball next to him, and NO ONE -- on either team -- picked it up for five seconds until he did for the gimme travel call. The Andray Blatche Experience is incredibly fun to watch for every reason it's hair-raisingly terrifying. I hope he never ages.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

I said it after last night's game and I'll say it again: the starting lineup just seems to flow better when he's in the game. It helps that he's hitting his threes nowadays.

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

Got some free minutes in the second quarter, and while he's still having trouble knocking down that floater, did hit one open jumper after creating a possession with a sneaky hustle steal.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Nets went to a traditional lineup with Evans at the 4 and Lopez at the 5 and it paid off handsomely; Evans put in a putback at the rim, defended the pick-and-roll well, pushed opposing players when refs weren't looking (I probably shouldn't be okay with that), hit free throws, and snared a couple of steals, including one that he took downcourt in transition all by himself and drew a blocking foul on.

Jerry Stackhouse SHOOTING GUARD

JERRY STACKHOUSE HITS TURNAROUND SPIN JUMPERS IN HIS SLEEP SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO. JERRY STACKHOUSE OWNS A RECORD STORE CALLED "JERRY'S STEAKHOUSE" THAT HOUSES EVERY MEMPHIS BLEEK ALBUM EVER RECORDED SO NO ONE EVER HAS TO HEAR THEM AGAIN. JERRY STACKHOUSE EATS OPEN THREES FOR BREAKFAST AND BURPS FEAR. JERRY STACKHOUSE LOOKS LIKE A SKELETON WHICH ONLY HELPS HIM GET LADIES WHEN HE'S HANGING OUT WITH POPEYE JONES. JERRY STACKHOUSE INVENTED THE GANGNAM STYLE DANCE, THE BACKBOARD, AND THE FACE MASK TRISTAN THOMPSON WORE THAT MADE HIM LOOK LIKE A CONFUSED BANK ROBBER. KEEP ON, JERRY STACKHOUSE. KEEP ON.


Comments

  1. avatar WynnDuffy says:

    First half offense was great.

    First half defense, not so much.

    Second half offense looked like the same old same old.

    Second half defense was better, especially in a few crunch situations, but Thompson was much too effective against us.