Nets Fall Apart: Bulls 92 , Nets 76 (GAME GRADES)


The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

The Nets got dragged down to Chicago’s level in this game, and it wasn’t pretty: both teams were mired in foul trouble, and ultimately Chicago slugged harder in the loss. The Nets were abysmal in crunch time, running isolations as the Bulls got open shots off screens and misdirections. It was a matter of one team outplaying and out-executing another, and the Nets were on the wrong side of it.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

I do not know if he’s healthy, but he sure isn’t playing like it.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Opened the game by abusing Mike Dunleavy with and-one layups on back-to-back possessions, but got himself into quick foul trouble and wasn’t much of a factor afterwards.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Iso-Joe had a little fun to end the first half and used an Iso-Finger to annoy Jimmy Butler in the third quarter, but other than that looked listless. Way too many isolations in crunch time.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

As an undersized power forward, Pierce struggled to defend and rebound against Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, without the ability to take them off the dribble like he did against the Bobcats defense. Led the team in scoring, but the team could’ve found him for more.

Kevin Garnett CENTER

Pretty move on Taj Gibson in the second quarter and played impassioned defense on Gibson and Carlos Boozer. Can’t put the loss on him.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

He was the only Nets player that could score in the first quarter once Shaun Livingston left the game, but the team’s defense notably nosedives when he enters. Part of that is that he’s replacing Kevin Garnett, who’s one of the greatest defenders in NBA history, but part of that is due to his own indifference on that end. Kidd entered Blatche in crunch time for Garnett and he promptly gave up open shots.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

Started to involve himself in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer (no, really) and
some smart defensive switching on the weak side in a quiet first half. He’s really playing his way into starter’s minutes.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

His shot is way prettier than it is effective these days. Every time he shoots, it looks like it’s going down, but his shot’s been inconsistent all year.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Upon entering the game, Taj Gibson promptly hit the exact same shot in his face twice in a row, a turnaround jumper towards the baseline on the left block. Did not play in the second half.

Jason Terry POINT GUARD

Brutal.