Net Worth: Deron Williams 104, Bobcats 101

New Jersey Nets 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Charlotte Bobcats

Game Grades

DeShawn Stevenson, SG 29 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +12

My favorite stat line: 0-3 from the stripe. #StartGeraldGreen

Kris Humphries, PF 40 MIN | 3-7 FG | 5-8 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +6

Played like he just re-watched the season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York — all over the court, aggressive, and with an above average amount of two handed Hump dunks. Dominant, double-double performance, unlike his curly haired counterpart.

Brook Lopez, C 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -11

Infuriatingly lazy tonight. There is no reason a 7’0″ center doesn’t grab more rebounds, other than the fact that he doesn’t want to. Tonight, Brook looked like he wasn’t in the mood to go up for a rebound. Slow, soft and ineffective in the paint. Not a strong effort. These notes, of course, were written before the rolled ankle, so there’s that.

Deron Williams, PG 38 MIN | 16-29 FG | 21-21 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 57 PTS | +11

I will let Celine begin this one. This was about as much of a one-man show as it gets. Deron dominated every aspect of the Nets offense, and giving how the rest of the team was playing, I am going to say seven assists were too much. What can you really say? 57 points, a perfect 21-21 from the line, he took over the game from about midway through the second to the final buzzer. Just a ridiculous performance, and third quarter Deron is about as good as it gets. The Nets didn’t need anyone else. He took a couple of bad shots (unnecessary threes, for example), which is probably normal for a 50+ point performance. What a game for him, and thank goodness the Nets won, or this probably would have happened.

MarShon Brooks, G 28 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS | 0

Took bad shots and slow in transition. Couldn’t defend anyone. Three points in 28 minutes for a shooting guard is useless. Bad, bad, bad.

Shelden Williams, PF 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Did a fine job filling in after Brook went down. He and Hump make a deadly duo of gross and sloppy, yet aggressive and strangely effective presences in the paint. I’ll take it.

Anthony Morrow, SG 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Two early fouls limited his minutes early on. An underwhelming 24 minutes, but with the way Deron was playing, there wasn’t enough shots to go around.

Gerald Green, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -15

Lob Suburbs in full force… for one play. Still, anything is better than DeShawn Stevenson. #StartGeraldGreen

Johan Petro, C 17 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +13

Don’t remember anything about his performance except for a no-look pass to Shelden Williams in the second. And I liked that pass.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Let’s just talk about Deron Williams for a second. It was a one-man show in Charlotte tonight. 57 points is 57 points, and Deron completely dominated the Bobcats by himself. He stopped passing the ball about midway through the second because every member of his supporting cast was useless. He didn’t need any help, and the fact that the Nets only won by three showcases how bad (minus Hump) the rest of the Nets played. The bottom line: Deron scored 57. The rest of the team scored 47.
  2. I enjoy the #StartGeraldGreen hashtag. The case against Green was in display tonight: he had two points off of one lob, plus a missed lob and jumpers. He’s an athletic freak and can help out, but tonight was not that night. On the flip side, the case against DeShawn Stevenson is much worse.
  3. Looks like Brook Lopez rolled his ankle, and according to Avery, it is “really bad.” There is nothing about this in any regard — meaning Brook’s season, career and trade value — that is good news.
  4. The Nets’ notoriously bad perimeter defense only gave up 14.3% from behind the arc. For an all-around terrible defensive performance from New Jersey tonight, this is the lone bright spot
  5. It’s hard to be negative on a night like this, especially with Deron’s second half and 57 point performance. But, if D-Will only scored 53, the Nets would have lost. The guy needs a supporting cast desperately.