“Winning Brings Smiles”: Nets 109, Sixers 89 (Game Grades)

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

It is so strange, after two-plus years of waiting, to see Williams bury jumper after jumper like he'd never left Utah, and yet here we are. Williams hit mid-range shots. He hit three-pointers. He attacked the lane and set up teammates. He struggled to defend Jrue Holiday and didn't get into the paint at all, but he was the primary facilitator in this blowout.


Liked when he went in the post on Nick Young and then assisted in the third-quarter barrage. Didn't like some of his shot selection, but didn't mind when they went in.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Slow start buoyed by a do-it-all Crashy third.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Quiet game for Lopez, but hard to blame him -- the team barely looked for him to score. I don't recall one possession where the Nets went to Lopez in the post in the first half. Once the Nets really looked for him, they were two steps from garbage time anyway.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

I will say this: I am glad he did well and it was incredibly weird to root for him. Other than his first shot - an 18-foot clanker from the high left elbow -- and another bad jumper, Blatche played exceedingly well -- driving to the lane, hitting floaters and up-and-under moves, rebounding and defending well enough, even hitting a ridiculous reverse layup seemingly be accident, and playing like the best backup center in the league. It's just hard to watch him right now, given the circumstances.



(Context: Reggie finished the game with 23 rebounds... and didn't play in the fourth quarter. When he left the game he had more rebounds than the entire 76ers team, 23-20.)

Tornike Shengelia SMALL FORWARD

Toko pulled an offensive rebound out of nowhere and touch-passed it to Andray Blatche for an open slam. #FreeToko

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Fearza: Revisited.


  1. avatar Max Weisberg says:

    Nets starting 5 was a +20 or more in (+/-).

    Whole Nets bench was negative in (+/-), with the worst being Humphries at -8.

    Alas, my point is don’t play Humphries. Carry on.

  2. avatar DanRodriguez804 says:

    Good game. Let’s keep it going. Some winnable games coming up.

    On a side note, Greg Anthony made a semi-interesting comment on NBA TV, coyly saying Phil Jackson will return to coaching, despite his recent comments to the contrary, and he has his sources. Waiting for an offer he can’t refuse.

    Now, I don’t know what Mickey P tells people – LeBron was supposedly impressed, and Dwight was begging to come here – but such an offer may be forthcoming.