Nets Close Out Philly: Nets 108, Sixers 102 (GAME GRADES)

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments


Jason Terry POINT GUARD

Go Seahawks?

Mason Plumlee CENTER

I have no idea how he made that isolation reverse layup and neither do you. He's going to foul out of his career if he keeps hitting guys at this rate.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Got to the line a lot -- ten times in the first half! -- and scored mostly going towards the rim. Jumper looks a little flat, though. He had a better game than you might think because of those free throws, none bigger than the two with 12.1 seconds left that put Brooklyn up 4.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Another excellent all-around game from Livingston -- ripped a career-high seven steals, none bigger than one with five seconds left to seal the game. Facilitated the offense in spurts next to Deron Williams, put down two memorable dunks, played solid defense on Michael Carter-Williams, and solidified his role in the starting lineup just a bit more. His final line: 13 points, 8 assists, 7 steals, 6 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett POWER FORWARD

Some solid rim protection and rebounding -- he waned in the second quarter but returned strong, defending everybody on switches. His role as the fulcrum in this team's new spread-the-floor, side-to-side offense remains crucial.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

Needs to hit shots again.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

It might've just been because they're playing the down-and-out 76ers, but he looked more like the Deron Williams the Nets need in the first quarter: breaking down defenders off the dribble, getting open shots, finding teammates. Took some needless off-balance shots, though, and

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

My elementary school didn't have a lot of money. We had a large field for recess, but the basketball court was empty; briefly, there was a stanchion with a backboard and no rim, but even that was taken down shortly.

So we compromised: we played an invented game on the soccer field. The two metal "goals" looked like giant staplers planted into the ground, and stood about eight feet tall. So we compromised: we played a bastardized version of basketball where one man protected the "goal," and we tried to throw a plush soccer ball into the middle, connecting goalpost. Not over, that was too easy, but right into the equivalent of an eight-foot-long rim. It was fun for the two years I played it, but ultimately ruined my ability to score when I played on a real court again.

If you don't get why this applies to Reggie Evans, you don't know Nets basketball.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Excellent offensive game tempered by a rough defensive performance. Got some decent looks throughout from deep and put them down, hitting at least five threes for the second time in his career, which makes it hard to give him less than a B+. He probably won't make the three-point contest because of a lack of volume, but he'd be fun to see in it, right?