Net Worth: Nets 110, Tanks 98

Washington Wizards 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 New Jersey Nets
Gerald Wallace, SF 35 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +19

After a not so great performance vs. Portland, Crash bounced back in this game. He did all of the things he does well. He drove to the rim hard, slashed hard and even mixed in a deep jumper or two. On defense, he was disruptive, altering shots at the rim and he rebounded well.

Deron Williams, PG 33 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 19 PTS | +19

Punished the Wizard guards every chance he could get. He was able to set his feet on his three point attempts but also blew by when the time called. He also corralled John Wall on defense, which is easier said than done. It’s saying something when his 19 and 13 is becoming routine, hardly registering a blip on my “good DWill” game radar.

MarShon Brooks, G 36 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | +2

MarShon Brooks created shots for himself as well as others tonight, but it was his hustle and activity defense that I liked most. Twice Brooks’ hustled back on what could have been easy Wizards points and twice Brooks managed to disrupt the play. He also had a cameo running the point in the fourth quarter. You could tell he was not totally comfortable in this role, but his instincts and general “feel” for the game leads you to believe he could do it for stretches.

Anthony Morrow, SG 20 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +15

The basket grows bigger and bigger with each Morrow make and tonight he made early and often. Came off screens for jumpers, the Nets used him as a post up option and he also mixed in some baskets off the dribble. His scoring off the bench a big reason the Nets maintained their leads.

Jordan Williams, F 24 MIN | 7-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +19

Three plays to highlight all in the first half: His pick and roll with Deron Williams where on the roll he caught a pass, stopped on a dime, spun and banked a shot in. Shortly after, he caught about 10 feet out and hit a feathery soft jumper. Shortly after he caught along the baseline and made a double-clutch reverse lay-up. Each play showcased his unique skill set. Excited to see where his game goes.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Brook Lopez is done for the season as announced by Nets G.M. Billy King. No surprises here as it made no sense for Lopez to come back and play again this season, especially with the Nets (seemingly) out of the playoffs. A disappointing season for Lopez who only played five games and his name was involved heavily in trade talks all season.
  2. I would have loved to have seen this particular nine-man rotation (Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Shelden Williams, Anthony Morrow, Gerald Green, Jordan Williams and Jordan Farmar) given the full run of a season with extended health. Would certainly be good enough to compete for the playoffs in the East.
  3. Out of the draft it was said that Jordan Williams could have been a first round pick with another year of seasoning and it looks like that may be true. Not sure if 30 teams would pass on JWill again if you did the draft tomorrow. Add in Bojan Bogdanovic and the Nets potentially could have drafted two first round talents in the second round. It’s decisions like those that the Nets can build on.
  4. MarShon Brooks had a cameo running the point in the fourth quarter and although he didn’t seem totally comfortable doing it quite, his overall “feel” for the game leads you to believe it could be something he could do at times, especially in spot duty. Sort of like Vince Carter.
  5. Two in a row at home. Who said Prudential was a hockey arena?