Nets 89, Cavaliers 82: An impressive win that shouldn’t have needed to be inpressive (GAME GRADES)

Jason Terry


He only played one minute, but he hit a three. Jason Terry scored 108 points per 36 minutes in this game.


With health, more playing time, and perhaps more favorable matchups playing power forward, Pierce is getting back to where the Nets need him to be. Let’s see if he can string together some more solid games.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Livingston was a dunking machine and otherwise facilitated the offense in his own way. Didn’t eviscerate his knee.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

His bursts of effort in the first and third quarters are a thing of beauty, as he cuts off ball with every opportunity, fights for rebounds, and is his normal lanky, disruptive self on defense. Really, he’s the anti-Net, which makes him such a good member of this team.


He continues to struggle shooting the ball (1-of-6, 1-of-3 from three), which makes him a player you can question having in the rotation.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Williams has his shooting stroke back, and playing off the ball next to Livingston has allowed him to have the impact on the team’s offense that he needs to with his abilities. He also sealed the game late with a big jumper and a number of free throws.


Johnson somehow had the team’s best plus-minus (+12) on the Nets despite a miserable shooting performance (1-of-7 from the field, 0-of-5 from three). He’s in a bad slump, his game winner notwithstanding, and he’ll need to get in a rhythm for the Nets to win some more as the schedule toughens.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Classic Blatche. An adventure at times, a pleasure at others. On rare occasions, both at the same time. He played some solid defense in the fourth quarter both on and off the ball.


After setting the NBA career scoring record in the first quarter alone with 8 points, Evans drained the offense in the third quarter and got a lot of rebounds. A quintessential Reggie Evans evening.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Boy, was I wrong about this guy. He can shoot the lights out when he is dialed in. He was 3-of-6 in 11 minutes in this particular contest. He did, however, have some questionable defensive moments when assigned to Tristan Thompson.