Grizzlies 76, Nets 72: Nets Lose a Heartwrencher (Game Grades)

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Started off red-hot and continued hitting through most of the game, from inside and out, kept the Nets entirely in this game… and then threw away a boneheaded pass behind Mirza Teletovic and right into Tayshaun Prince’s outstretched hand. He was cruising for an A until that moment. Heartwrenching final possessions.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

He can’t shoot. It’s a problem.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Game so quiet from the Brookie Monster that his benching in the fourth quarter went almost unnoticed.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

More good Blatche than bad Blatche tonight — didn’t do too many crazy isolations, had one sick defense-splitting crossover that led to a one-handed dunk, and mostly stayed around the rim. on both ends. Of course, he did try a fallaway three in the waning seconds, which was blocked by Marc Gasol, and thus ended the game. But you can’t blame him for forcing a shot when a shot needed forcing.

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

Some solid minutes tonight chasing down loose balls and hitting shots in the lane. Didn’t connect enough from outside, though.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

Energy? Check. Rebounding? Check. But wow, is he nonexistent otherwise, and it becomes more and more glaring each game. His struggles defending talented & long post players were on full display, and he airballed a three-pointer. Yes, Reggie Evans. Airballed. A. Three. Pointer.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Forget scoring for a second — Teletovic came up with key plays all over the floor, including: breaking down a defender off the dribble and finding Andray Blatche for a dunk, picking up a key steal and setting a solid screen that led to an open Deron Williams 3, and moving quickly in and out of offensive space to keep the floor balanced. Then when you add in his late-shot heroics — a three and a two back-to-back to put the Nets up 5? Really enjoyed his contributions tonight.

C.J. Watson POINT GUARD

Coninued his red-hot shooting with Joe Johnson sidelined.

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