In one brief stretch in the fourth quarter, C.J. Watson through a bananas behind-the-back pass to Gerald Wallace for a fast-break layup, and on the next possession, Jared Sullinger nearly took Wallace to the floor on another layup attempt. Watch:
The last time the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics played, Rajon Rondo pushed Kris Humphries into the stands, leading to a miniature brawl in which Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett both incurred fines for their roles.
Well, now they're back at it. Wallace grabbed onto Garnett's shorts to keep balance and didn't let go in a socially acceptable timeframe, and Garnett took umbrage. Each player was hit with a technical. Watch below:
Nice to think that even with Wallace losing athleticism, he's still got a lot of athleticism.
The final shot
Gerald Wallace: We forced a turnover, it's just the shot didn't fall. I had a good look.
Joe Johnson: I saw we had the ball, and when Deron kicked it to me up the sideline, I didn't want to take a 3 so I just tried to get in the lane and make a play. I saw C.J. open and he saw Gerald. It's a shot that we'll take, just didn't make it this time.
Deron Williams: He had a good look. We fought our way back.
Losing: the lead and the game
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Unfortunate that it came in a loss like this, but still: Gerald Wallace is awesomely irreplaceable.
Check out the box score from last night's victory here.
Some immediate takeaways:
Will feed the trolls a bit here. In a vacuum, 17 points and 6 assists sound nice but it was accompanied by 7-17 shooting and 5 turnovers, including some key misses in the extra session and an awful turnover in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter on a show-offy crossover. Not the performance you want to see from your de facto leader.
Hit probably his two biggest shots in a Nets uniform: a six-foot floater to put the Nets up 104-103 in OT and of course the game winning two. Meanwhile, led all scorers with 28 points. But only three free throws (including a crucial miss that allowed Detroit to tie it)? Still, have to love back-to-back great games from JJ.
Didn't hit the game winner, but his tip-in in the fourth quarter forced OT and his omnipresent hustle went into an even higher gear. With the Pistons up 100-98 in the closing seconds of Overtime, Wallace's offensive rebound while falling to the ground (and having the wherewithal to pass the ball to a teammate and not travel) was a sight to behold.
I'm at a loss to find the positives here. OK, an offensive rebound. No field goals, a -16 +/- and a tipped rebound to Kyle Singler that gave the Pistons the lead late in 2OT. If it wasn't for frontcourt foul trouble and Brook Lopez's gradual re-introduction to live basketball, I imagine Hump wouldn't have seen the floor much in the second half. And I have to wonder if he's playing himself out of the rotation if Avery Johnson goes with Crash as a small "four."
Was rusty and only played 24 minutes. Still he showed some vintage Lopez offensive moves and had a monster block of Greg Monroe in the third quarter.
This is what drives you crazy about Blatche. 16 points on 7-12 shooting, but a stupid loose ball foul in the fourth quarter gives him an early exit on a night where he needed to stay on the floor to preserve Lopez.
Fans keep clamoring for MarShon and with Jerry Stackhouse hurt, Avery obliged. But is 1-5 shooting and a -14 really want you want to see from your sixth man? He did get a nice block, which I guess means he has some defensive instincts.
He's the team's best option at PF right now, but with every game he starts, he's getting exposed more and more as the one-dimensional player everybody knew he was before the season started.
It looked like DWill hurt himself early and Watson stepped in and actually got the offense humming in the second quarter before everything ground to a halt in the third. Two threes and 4 assists is good enough for me.
Not quite on par with Jason Kidd dishing to Lucious Harris bowling ball style, CJ Watson still with an impressive trick in the first half, intercepting an errant Detroit pass and blindly throwing the ball over-his-head from behind half-court for a Gerald Wallace slam (here's the play in real time). Have to think this will be a top 10 play by year's end.
Grade the players at any time!
Game Info: The New York Knicks (15-5) take on the Brooklyn Nets (11-8) tonight at 7:00 P.M. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game will be televised on YES Network and nationally on ESPN. Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the call on YES. WFAN has the radio call, WADO has the Spanish radio call.
OUT: Brook Lopez for the Nets. Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Marcus Camby for the Knicks.
Last time: The Nets beat the Knicks 96-89 in overtime at Barclays Center on November 26th. The Knicks were without Jason Kidd, the Nets were with Brook Lopez, who led the Nets with 22 points in their last meeting.
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The Brooklyn Nets: First in Flop.
Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping policy for the second time. Wallace, who is incurring his second flopping violation, was fined for an excessive flail-back flop on LeBron James near the end of the third quarter of Saturday night's 102-89 loss to the Miami Heat.
You can see video of the flop here.
Wallace is the second NBA player to get hit with a fine for flopping -- the first his teammate, Reginald "Reggie" "Flail Boy Magic Mr. Floptastic" Evans.
On last night's 117-111 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder:
Avery Johson: I challenged our team at half-time. I didn’t like our performance in the first half. We didn’t play like the Brooklyn Nets. We should win games when we score 111 points. Give our guys credit, they came out with more energy and focus and battled on the defensive end.
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OK, so two of the most important Brooklyn Nets players -- Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez -- are out tonight with the flu and the foot, respectively. The team's playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 14-4 and the reigning Western Conference Champions.
So that's probably a bad sign. But it's not the be-all-end-all. Here's four reasons why you should watch tonight's game... MORE →