Johnson and Andray Blatche are the only two Nets to have played in every game this season.
The Nets added that backup shooting guard and inventor of palindromes Jerry Stackhouse will sit tonight with a sore hamstring.
If Stackhouse and Johnson are both out, the Nets are limited to Keith Bogans and MarShon Brooks at the shooting guard spot, plus potential spot minutes from Deron Williams playing off the ball.
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Asked if he has to revaluate who he hangs out with, Blatche said “No. Like I said, no. I’m telling you, y’all will hear the truth sooner or later. It’s just…a situation somebody would say. But trust me, no. when the time comes and I can talk about it, then everybody will realize that it’s not what you think.’’
Got a thought-provoking note from a friend who is a brilliant attorney and passionate Nets fan, though he is not a criminal defense lawyer. About the Andray Blatche situation he wrote:
We obviously don't know nearly enough to render ethical or legal judgment -- what was his relationship to the other guys? what did he know about what they were up to and whether in fact the victim was drugged? (assuming she was a victim, which I am inclined to ).
But we (and they) don't know nearly enough to absolve him either. Under anything but the best case scenario, what he did was ethically repugnant, and he could well be in legal jeopardy too, whether or not he was one of the assailants.
There's no legal duty to prevent (or report) crime, and it's not against the law to have a crime committed in one's hotel room, but people who knowingly provide the means for crimes to be committed (drugs, hotel rooms, cameras) can surely be prosecuted as accessories -- or at least threatened with prosecution and made to testify against the (even more) bad guys.
It doesn't surprise me that they didn't arrest him on the spot -- they knew for sure he wasn't the assailant and they know where to find him if they need him; but I think the case (and the fall-out from incident) are far from over.
It's all very sad.
In other words, just because Blatche was absolved of the crime of rape, it doesn't mean he's out of the woods ethically or even legally. As a legal matter, he's innocent until proven guilty, of course, but we dont have enough information yet to know whether he did something wrong.
Philadelphia Police will no longer release public details regarding an alleged rape that occurred in Andray Blatche's Four Seasons Hotel suite at 4 A.M. Monday night before the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the department told the New York Daily News in an e-mail.
From the Daily News:
"The Philadelphia Police Department will not release any detailed information regarding the investigation, nor will we release names of any person or person(s) potentially involved (victims, suspects, witness, etc). The information given yesterday was very preliminary and early in this investigation," the email said.
Ramsey had told the New York Times that Blatche had been present in the hotel suite when the alleged rape occurred, but that he did not commit the assault. Ramsey also questioned the credibility of the alleged victim, saying she was "so drunk...she is not going to be a good witness."
Lt. John Stanford, a Philadelphia police spokesman, said the department was not backtracking from Ramsey's comments.
"Commissioner Ramsey said it is in the beginning stages of the investigation," Stanford said. "Some people may have possibly misinterpreted his words."
Philadelphia's ABC affiliate also reported that samples of a date-rape drug were found in the hotel suite rented by Blatche, and that police found compromising photos of the alleged victim in Blatche's cell phone.
Ramsey, however, seemed to absolve Blatche of any wrongdoing. "From all accounts, (Blatche) was not personally in any kind of assault or anything like that," Ramsey told the Times. "He was there but not involved."
According to reports from ABC and CBS Philadelphia, date rape drugs were found in Blatche's suite, as well as compromising pictures of the alleged victim on Blatche's cell phone.
Tornike Shengelia only gets garbage-time minutes on this talent-laden Brooklyn Nets roster, but has a lot of fun when he does, including this athletic offensive rebound and touch-pass to Andray Blatche for a dunk. Watch:
Pretty sure Andray Blatche should've called bank on this one, but I'm glad he didn't. Watch:
Andray Blatche was questioned by Philadelphia police regarding an alleged sexual assault that happened in a hotel suite he was in around 4 A.M. this morning, and was released and will not be charged, according to Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsay.
Reports surfaced this morning that an unnamed Brooklyn Nets player was being questioned by Philadelphia's Special Victims Unit in connection with a 21-year-old woman who had come forward with allegations of sexual assault at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. It was later reported that the player was in the suite at the time of the alleged assault but was not directly connected to the incident.
Blatche tweeted earlier today "Im ok and I didn't do anything jus was n the area when it happened." The tweet has since been deleted.
The 17-15 Brooklyn Nets travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the 4-26 Washington Wizards at 7:00 P.M. EST tonight. As you might be able to tell from their record, the Wizards might be their biggest mess ever, and they haven't won more than 26 games in five years. The Wizards started the season 0-12, have been without John Wall all season (and Nene for most of it), and rank dead last in the NBA offensively.
So no, they're not very good, and if we've learned anything this season, it's that the Nets can usually somehow slog their way to victory against bad teams.
Joining us at The Brooklyn Game to talk about tonight's matchup is Wizards expert and founder/showrunner at Truth About It, ESPN TrueHoop Washington Wizards affiliate and one of the most comprehensive team websites there is.
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The Brooklyn Nets travel to Washington to play the 4-26 Washington Wizards tonight, a game that holds a unique meaning to one Nets player: backup center Andray Blatche.
As well-documented by this here blogger who, uh, was not particularly happy with the signing at the time, Blatche left the Wizards in disgrace, getting the amnesty axe this summer after a series of on- and off-court mishaps and miscommunications. The Wizards say Blatche was a headcase, Blatche says the Wizards never gave him the support he needed.
None of that matters now, as Blatche has turned around his career in Brooklyn; he's more than doubled his PER over last season, averaging 19.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes and shooting a career-high 48.6% from the floor.
It's not fool's gold, either: he's also hitting career highs in effective field goal percentage (which accounts for the value of three-pointers), true shooting percentage (which accounts for free throws), total rebounding rate, and steal percentage. Blatche simply looks like a different player in Brooklyn; though he's still prone to many of the same mistakes, his overall impact is night and day from his tenure in Washington.
Blatche's turnaround caught the eye of Grantland's Zach Lowe, who gave Blatche his "Not-Quite-Midseason-Award" vote for Most Improved Player:
Blatche probably isn’t going to win this award, and it feels icky to give it to a guy thriving primarily because he’s finally trying hard and keeping his nose clean off the court. But anytime someone goes from nearly falling out of the league to bordering the top 10 in PER, he deserves some temporary recognition.
The Nets are overextending Blatche by running the offense through him in the post at times within bench units; his shooting percentage is already starting to fall as some of those face-up mid-rangers clank, and the Nets have been a two-way disaster anytime Blatche is on the floor without Reggie Evans next to him, per NBA.com’s stats database. He’s still a subpar defender, prone to confusion, botched rotations, and faulty mechanics. He gets out of control under the rim and along the baseline when he tries to do too much with the ball, and more of those possessions are going to result in turnovers as defenses recalibrate.
But he’s killing it on the offensive glass, passing well, racking up steals, and soaking up possessions.