Bounceback Victory: Nets 108, Hornets 98 (Game Grades)


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Goddamn he looks good again. Clowning ballhandling moves, keeping Brian Roberts on a string, scoring through contact… I want platelet-rich plasma on every part of my body. Now let’s get a dunk, yes?

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Had two nice dunks (one an and-one on Anthony Davis, the other off a gorgeous Andray Blatche feed) and some good defensive possessions on Eric Gordon but also continued his maddening layup slump.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Brook Lopez did a lot of good things tonight to end with an efficient 26 points, but holy crap did he posterize his twin brother and at this point that’s all you really need to know.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Andray Blatche is the dumbest genius on the planet. He’s the moron of Mensa, awarded the MacAndray Genius Grant for basketball absurdism. The things he does offensively often make no logical sense, and yet they work. He makes terrible decisions, pigeonholes himself as the offense, gets tunnel vision like a horse with blinders, shoots off-balance fadeaways over seven-footers, and makes them. He has no lift and blocks shots. I don’t get Andray Blatche, and I don’t think I ever will. But when it works — like in the second quarter, when he ate midrange jumpers like candy and sliced inside for a nice dunk around Anthony Davis, or in the fourth quarter when he found Gerald Wallace with a picture-perfect big man feed. I don’t pretend to understand how what he does works, but when it does, I’m just glad it does.


Had some really nice moments in both halves en route to a highly efficient scoring night. One of his better offensive games this season.


Good night of Reggie, though it’s maddening to see him on the floor when he clearly has isues guarding long 4’s like Anthony Davis. Blatche & Lopez didn’t share the floor until the fourth quarter when there was a perfect time for it in the second.


Quiet game from Quiet Storm, even in a starting role, but outside of a bad travel call I don’t think he did much to hurt the team on either side of the floor, and neutral beats bad.