was the best part of pregame PJ saying players know nothing, or Spanarkel hitting the shot then saying it's for the win? #Nets
— Brooklyn's Beat (@brooklynsbeat) March 11, 2013
A lot of #Nets fans in Philly tonight lol
— Aaron Colon (@aaronisNYC) March 11, 2013
— Envy Me (@VickNastyyy) March 11, 2013
The sports tour of America continues! Philly vs. Brooklyn... Go Nets! @ Wells Fargo Center instagr.am/p/WvBPv6oJ3A/
— Amanda Kosack (@AmandaLyn_521) March 11, 2013
— Michael O'Mara (@formanstwin) March 11, 2013
Can't pin this loss on Williams -- he was as bad defensively as everyone else, but a sublime offensive performance that saw Williams attacking the rim even more, hitting threes, finding teammates for open shots (particularly in the first quarter)... He can't do it alone, but for a moment, he gave it a shot.
Hit two threes in the first quarter but was mostly quiet until the fourth (outside of one ridiculous post-up fadeaway in the third quarter), when he took over for a brief stretch of possessions to help keep the game close. Hit a big 3 late, but followed it up with two misses, including a 28-foot ill-advised brick. Incredibly efficient offensive game, but his impact only went so far.
I've criticized Wallace's inability to score before, and tonight was no exception, but sat the whole fourth quarter while the Sixers rained baskets and I'm not sure why.
Hit jumpers early, including two nutso fadeaways, but had trouble keeping up with Spencer Hawes -- Spencer Hawes! -- running the floor and the pick-and-roll. Defensive abhorrence aside, after a 7-9 first quarter, Lopez got just four more field goal attempts. It's a problem.
Yeah, not his best night.
On back-to-back plays, Reggie Evans scored with his left hand off a spin move and hit a sixteen-foot jumper. That should give you an idea of how relatively absurd tonight's Reggie Evans show was. And it wasn't all good; Evans's night was marred by careless turnovers, poor shot selection (which is most shots for Evans), and a terrible play near the end of the game where he goaltended a Spencer Hawes shot after freezing at the top of the key that Hawes was fouled on, leading to a pointless and-one. It may be time for the "glue Kris Humphries to the bench" experiment to end.
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Tonight: After beating two bad teams (Charlotte, Washington) and one good team (Atlanta), the 37-26 Brooklyn Nets are in Philadelphia tonight to take on another bad team, the 23-39 Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers, who have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12, weren't supposed to be bottoming out in the Eastern Conference, but a continuous series of mishaps surrounding their alleged franchise center Andrew Bynum have kept him off the floor all season and Philadelphia scrambling to score, defend, and win.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian "The Birdman" Eagle and Jim "Jimmy Sparkles" Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →
However, Carlesimo stressed that tonight would probably look different for Brooks:
"It was matchups," Carlesimo said of sitting Brooks. "It's just a question of what the matchups are like. I think tonight will be different. It'll depend on who they start, too, but tonight it'll probably be different."
"I'd still like MarShon to get some playing time, in a perfect world. It's really more still looking at individuals and figuring out who's going to be in the rotation and who's going to be out."
Brooks has averaged just 7.5 minutes per game in five March games, after averaging 11.6 minutes per game in his 50 previous games.
Two teams racing in opposite directions clash tonight in Philadelphia, as the 37-26 Brooklyn Nets (who have won three straight) take on the 23-38 Philadelphia 76ers (who have lost 11 of their last 12). The Sixers have been in complete freefall for some time now, hitting rock bottom on February 26th with a 98-84 loss to the Orlando Magic that culminated in a reckless and feckless press conference from Sixers coach Doug Collins. Add in that it doesn't appear that Andrew Bynum will play for the Sixers at all this season, and suffice it to say that the year hasn't gone as planned for the Sixers.
Joining me to talk about Sixers basketball is the talented and affable Tom Sunnengren, of ESPN's TrueHoop 76ers Affiliate blog Hoop76. To give you an idea of how the Sixers season has gone so far, read the tone of Tom's answers, then consider that Tom never met a smile or happy thought he didn't like.
And, as always: The BK Game Streak is up. Get to playin'.
Devin: The Nets won the first two matchups between these two teams and the Sixers are in complete freefall, losing 11 of their last 12 games. What would have to go right for Philly to sneak their first win over Brooklyn this year?
Tonight at 6:00 P.M., former Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson is speaking at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of discussion? "The Business of Basketball."
The Nets, ironically enough, are in Philadelphia tonight taking on the 76ers.
Do you live near there? Do you not have tickets to the Nets game? Bored and want to see what Avery Johnson has to say? Let us know.
But Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans joined a much weirder, statistically odd group of players that night.... MORE →