Nets Zap Magic In Brooklyn: Nets 97, Magic 77 (Game Grades)


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Excellent game from Williams — distributed well enough and scored in all sorts of ways, getting free off screens both going towards and curling away from the basket to get open looks, both with and without the ball in his hands. This was “effective weapon” Williams.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Had some really good possessions as the distributor in the first half, finding Brook Lopez open at the basket on consecutive dunks.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Hit all three of his shots and was the recipient of the best hug of the night.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Continues to get points in bunches just by being large, long, and near the basket at the right time. That’s not a backhanded compliment — lots of guys are the first two things and have no concept of the third, nor the soft touch to put it down.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

In the span of about one minute, Andray Blatche dribbled between his legs about 15 times, made Kyle O’Quinn look foolish with a stepback jumper, and got nailed in the face with a basketball. This has been Andray Blatche’s career in a nutshell.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

Role star. 3’s and defense. Nothing else. But 3’s and defense. Role star.

(This has been my Keith Bogans poem.)

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

Played some of his most encouraging minutes of the season — ran the floor, hit a circus shot or two, even played some encouraging transition defense! Some rough possessions in the final minutes bring his grade down a tick, but hard to complain.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

It is astounding just how much the crowd rose and fell with Teletovic’s makes and misses.