Net Worth: Wizards 108, Nots 89

Washington Wizards 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 New Jersey Nets
Gerald Wallace, SF 37 MIN | 5-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -20

He attacked the rim hard in the first half but was not able to get the foul calls he coveted. He also missed some point blank finishes inside. His energy and hustle is still impactful though.

Kris Humphries, PF 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 16 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +4

A very steady, Humphries like game. He was able to get his offense from transition opportunities and from cleaning others misses. His 16 rebounds was big, but the Wizards interior outplayed the Nets tonight and some blame needs to fall on Humphries.

Shelden Williams, PF 33 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -8

He rebounded the ball well tonight, but like Humphries, blame shifts to the frontline when Nene and Kevin Seraphin are laying a tandem butt-kicking on us.

Deron Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -18

Led the team in scoring despite watching the fourth quarter from the locker room. He was having a good game, but clearly the losing is getting to him because he has been surly with the referees lately, bubbling over tonight with back-to-back technicals in the third quarter.

MarShon Brooks, G 23 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -13

He was benched for most of the first quarter and almost the entire second quarter. He got some time again in the fourth and managed a few plays, but his shot selection is still not where it should be.

Sundiata Gaines, G 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +6

His second quarter energy was a major reason the Nets got back into the game. He was causing deflections and pressuring Shelvin Mack. Once Deron got ejected, the role of playmaker was left to Gaines and he did his best to do just that.

Four Things We Saw

  1. As I stated before, the losing is obviously getting to most of the team and that extends to the coaches as well. Deron Williams ejection in the third quarter has been a long time coming and Avery was quick to follow his point guard out the door tonight. I will say the referees were awful, but, the frustration of night after night losing seems to finally be taking a toll.
  2. MarShon Brooks’ extended benching was somewhat surprising, but when you consider the Nets have been significantly upgraded on the wing with the addition of Gerald Wallace and the emergence of Gerald Green, seeing Brooks’ minutes go down starts to make more sense. Hope the rookie gets his swag back.
  3. Nene made his debut tonight with the Wizards and his presence was felt. The Brazilian had 22 points and 11 rebounds and more or less did so in an easy fashion. John Wall is going to enjoy playing with him.
  4. Amazing to think that just a week ago at the trade deadline Billy King was considering this team to be in the playoff race. But, since the deadline the Nets are now 0-4, including 0-3 with Wallace in the lineup. We’ve also lost 6 of our 7 in total. The playoffs seem to be a far cry.