And to think: for $1.9 billion, all this can be yours!
Even when they trailed, this was one of the more entertaining Nets games of the season: athletic plays by both teams, tough shots falling from Nets starters and backups alike, and the Nets kept it close enough to make it interesting down to the final few seconds.
The Nets cooked early, taking an eight-point lead after one quarter on the strength of Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack, before losing it with a failed small lineup that featured Joe Johnson at power forward and Andrea Bargnani at center.
Things went back-and-forth until the Heat took control in the fourth quarter, holding the lead with some fancy Dwyane Wade dribbles and Hassan Whiteside finishes, and Wade eventually put the dagger in with a tough floater on the left side with under a minute left.
This was a much stronger effort from Brooklyn than Monday night, but at the end of it, they’re still 7-18.
25 PTS, 12-16 FG, 6 REB, 0 TOV, 4 PF
That’s one way to bounce back from two Jar Jar Binks-esque performances. (That’s a bad Star Wars thing, right? I’m not a Star Wars fan. Don’t tell Brook.)
Whiteside jumps out of the gym looking for blocked shots, which Lopez can use to his advantage: when Whiteside’s exuberance take him out of position, Lopez takes advantage with his size and skills to create looks or find offensive rebounds.
That’s part of why Lopez generally plays better against long, lithe centers like Whiteside instead of burly power guys like the Nikolas (Pekovic, Vucevic).
8 PTS, 4-13 FG, 7 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK
Thaddeus Young has done something extraordinarily well thus far this season: he has hit 3-to-10-foot floaters at an absurdly high rate, and is taking them at a higher rate than at any point in his career.
No, honestly. Heading into Wednesday night, Young had hit over 60 percent of his shots from 3 to 10 feet, per Basketball-Reference; heading into the season, he’d shot 42 percent on those shots. He’s also taking more shots from that area than ever before.
That’s good and bad! Young’s in a position to succeed on those shots, and takes advantage. But the way he’s shooting is frankly unsustainable. When those shots stop falling — like they did tonight — he has to find other ways to contribute: defending off the ball, working as a playmaker in the offense, and rebounding.
22 PTS, 7-13 FG, 10 AST, 2 STL
He finished with enough assists to make this game effective, and mad some good, strange plays late — notably drawing a foul from Goran Dragic on a three-pointer and nailing all three free throws to cut the lead to one possession.
A bit surprising they ran that last play for Jack to get a corner three, sine it’s not his bread-and-butter, so hard to fault him for missing that tough shot.
Throughout, it was one of those games where all the wrong processes turn into all the right results. You know, a Jarrett Jack game.
10 PTS, 5-11 FG, 5 REB
It’s magical. The court shrinks when Bargnani catches the ball, wrapping into a wormhole that consists of only Andrea Bargnani, the ball, and the rim. Time stops and Bargnani begins.
I have never seen a backup look more for his own shot than Andrea Bargnani, and I covered Andray Blatche for two years. Speaking of Blatche, tell me this doesn’t look familiar:
One more thought: given that Brook Lopez’s greatest NBA skill is scoring, and Bargnani’s greatest NBA skill is shooting, it’s a bit strange to watch the dynamic when they play together.
12 PTS, 6-13 FG, 0-4 3PT, 3 STL
Ellignton has a maddening tendency to find himself open behind the three-point line, step inside the arc by one length, and take a long two-pointer instead.
*Checks shooting percentages*
Ellington has a brilliant tendency to…