The Brookie Monster, D-Will Dominate Dallas: Nets 113, Mavericks 96 (Game Grades)


Deron Williams POINT GUARD

He is a superstar and it is not surprising to see him play like a superstar and I’m still processing this even after a month of watching reality manifest like this. Watching him hit jumper after jumper at the beginning of the fourth quarter was about as happy as I’ve been as a fan this season. Three-pointers, attacks, assists, an enormous second-half performance… He had it all, again.


Hit a target-practice three to put the team up 10 with three minutes left, but it seems like he has these kind of quiet games a little too often.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Wallace made a contested layup and the foul. Somewhere deep in a forest, a disgruntled lumberjack raised an axe towards a majestic tree as the forest’s fauna froze in fear. Wallace missed the free throw. The lumberjack hesitated, put his axe away, and all was calm again.

(Great defensive effort.)

Brook Lopez CENTER

NOT ENOUGH PLUSES. Can he play Dallas all the time? He has an incredible ability to exploit every defender’s weaknesses — Chris Kaman is somehow slower than he is, Brandan Wright is too eager both in single coverage and doubling, and Dirk can’t meet Lopez at his highest point. Even had a double-digit rebounding night, including a phenomenal offensive rebound in traffic and putback SLAM. Incredible offensive game, both going to the rim and hitting jumpers, and while he didn’t have his best game defensively (though he did rack up two nice blocks in the fourth quarter), his offensive explosion was too big to ignore.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Andray “Illogical Fire” Blatche.


Rebounding machine, but man he can’t do anything else.