Nets 94, Raptors 88: Nets Beat Pesky Referee Defense


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Another off night for the man who proclaimed that he hasn’t had a good game yet.


Made up for a rough first half with a scorching second. Like night and day. It’s amazing how much better of a shooter he is when he’s not pump-faking or waiting to see what the defense looks like. Joe’s 6’7″ and normally guarded by guys three inches his junior. If you have a sliver of space, rise and fire and don’t think a damn thing about it.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

You Got To Make Your Free Throws.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

WAS INVOLVED IN THE GREATEST GIF OF THE YEAR. Didn’t have another eight-minute night but still struggled to get in a rhythm. Got caught for a three-second call and lost some easy passes off his hands. The good: had some solid defensive moments cutting off lanes to the basket that Blatche didn’t (or couldn’t), and did draw an awful lot of fouls inside.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Struggled scoring early and had numerous issues defensing Valanciunas. Not a bonehead or bad night, just not as good as he’s bee. With one exception: THE FOURTH QUARTER REVERSE THROWDOWN. You can’t stop the Blatche. Especially if you’re a Toronto Raptor.


An oddly enigmatic game from Evans. Picked up boards and did a little scoring off dishes inside, but got torched defensively. He’s just not long enough to contend with youthful springs like Ed Davis or Jonas Valanciunas, and other than one possession when he picked Valanciunas’s pocket in the post, got taken to school by the youngsters.


Was the beneficiary of some wonderful ball movement and got some open threes. The difference from tonight is that he knocked them down. Wonderful to watch, in a way he hasn’t been since… well, since opening night against Toronto.