Dave D’Alessandro on the Nets win last night: The more pertinent development was that the Nets showed more resolve in the last five minutes than they had shown in the last five months, outscoring Tim Duncan’s team 18-7 down the stretch to post a stunning 90-84 triumph before 13,053 grateful witnesses at Izod Center.
Devin Harris shows some restraint in Al Iannazzone’s report: “We’re not going to jump through the roof because we won 10 games,” said Devin Harris, who played a terrific floor game with 17 points, nine assists and zero turnovers. “We don’t want to be a part of the worst team in history. It’s exciting to get 10 wins. Then again it is 10 wins.”
Julian Garcia gives the team credit for hanging in: More perspective: The Spurs (44-29) have been without star point guard Tony Parker (broken hand), and they were also missing Manu Ginobili (back spasms) last night. But they did have Tim Duncan (13 points, 12 rebounds) and former Net Richard Jefferson (16 points), the kind of firepower the Nets would most likely have wilted against not long ago. But aside from a brief stretch during which San Antonio took an 11-point lead in the second quarter, the Nets hung tough throughout until finally breaking through in the fourth quarter.
Adrian Wojnarowski sees the light at the end of the tunnel now that the Nets have 10: The nickel-and-diming will be done, and Prokhorov’s mantra will hit the Nets like a tsunami: For every idea they’ll have here – every coach they want to hire, free agent they want to lure, organizational staff with which they want to invest – the mantra from Prokhorov is this: What will it take to get it done?
Greg Popovich continues the trend of head coaches who are disgusted by their team’s loss to the Nets in the NY Times report.
Dave D. talks with various Nets regarding their reactions to Mikhail Prokhorov’s 60 Minutes interview.