If you’re reading this, you probably made it through the entirety of that game, in which case, I’m not going to ask you to relive it. Instead, here’s a video of meerkats playing. Enjoy that. You’ll feel better.
Now that you’ve spent 137 seconds on cute animals:
Putting aside the competitive bar, it’s just a relief that this team has a floor somewhere, sneaking a victory away from one of the league’s worst — if not most energized — teams in the league.
That said, this was hardly a pretty affair. Loose balls bounce off hands and harmlessly out of bounds. Poor shot selection was the norm. The 76ers committed silly fouls early and often. Both teams struggled to make the few open three-pointers they got, the Nets in particular.
The Nets got a few key shots to fall down the stretch, particularly from Thaddeus Young and Deron Williams. This one was a bit too close for comfort, but with the Nets’ playoff chances on life support, these are the games they absolutely cannot lose. To their credit, they didn’t.
The stats: 10 PTS, 2-7 FG, 6-8 FT, 7 REB, 1 BLK, 4 TOV
Some sloppiness and poor shooting against a lanky Philadelphia defense, most notably just falling over a 76ers defender for an easy offensive foul early in the third quarter. One too many moving screens, too.
But you’ll also notice his increased aggressiveness hasn’t gone away. He’s even rolling to the basket on screens instead of the pick-and-stick! (This is what it’s been reduced to.)