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We just can’t win at home December 30, 2008

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We can’t even stop this guy and another named Ben

I don’t even wanna talk about it…YET


Musings on SWAT and Krstic December 30, 2008

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This would be the last time we see these two guys wearing the same jersey

They finally did it, Sean Williams no longer has to sit on the bench to wait for playing time; and if Mile Ilic hadn’t contributed anything to the Nets, he’s about to.

Sean Williams can make an example of Ilic’s time with the Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Colorado 14ers and make good use of it, Ilic’s time with the 14ers was like a complete mess. It’s like an Estonian who just landed on Indonesia and had no idea what country he is in, Ilic showed flashes of talent but ultimately he was too slow, too stiff to ever be a factor for the Nets, or in the NBA.

We heard the entire team, coaching staff to veteran players like Carter raving about Williams’ training camp performance, but he did not prove himself sufficiently on the court this year, and he is rapidly being shadowed by Ryan Anderson, Brook Lopez and even Eduardo Najera, who has been injured for much of the season. His averages have all gone down this year, and yes playing without a true point guard like Jason Kidd definitely hurt his play the most. It is obvious that Sean’s offensive skill set is not that advance therefore playing with a player of Kidd’s pass first mentality provides more scoring opportunities for Sean, and when Devin Harris came around, it’s just a different type of playing style that he has to adapt to that doesn’t help his growth as a player at all.

Williams has the makings of a decent power forward ala Justin Williams, but if Sean does not perform in the D-League, he could be like Williams looking for a job in the Chinese CBA. However, can Sean actually get minutes immediately in Colorado? Can he come in and perform right away? A check on the 14ers website shows that they currently have 6 players including the likes of Josh Davis and James Mays, playing the same PF/C position as Sean, so can he actually get minutes? and the most important thing is that would he be able to keep up his level of play even though he IS definitely going to go through certain rough patches? This few questions in mind will let us see how we can evaluate Sean Williams in the near future and right now Sean Williams’ future is definitely in his own hands.

Nenad Krstic never quit got back on track after that devasting ACL injury back in late 06, showing more signs of frustration on court than laughs off court, the last straw was when he blamed the Nets medical staff for worsening his medical condition instead of helping and bolted off to Russia to cash in on a 12 million, 3 year deal with Triumph Moscow.

Now that the Europe adventure is not working that well, Triumph never even got the the ULEB Cup proper, instead struggling in the Euro Challenge which in comparison, would be something like playing in the NBDL, which isn’t bad unless you’re a player who thinks that he should belong in the NBA, and clearly Krstic thinks that way, and the Oklahoma City Thunder thinks that way too.

I would be joking and lying or whatever if I said Krstic’s time in the NBA is over, I mean clearly he still has the talent to make it in the big leagues, but again just like many other talented bigs out there, would it be enough to be just talented? In his last productive season with the Nets, he averaged 16.4 ppg and almost 7 rpg. If this scenario occurred last season, I am sure the team would too offer Krstic the same contract, but things have change, the Nets are longer as thin as wallpaper in the front court, but the change is a 90 degree turn that the fact that the team now has 6 bigs made it impossible salary and roster wise to keep Krstic without also surpassing the luxury tax threshold, therefore. Goodbye Nenad, Curley or whatever they used to call you, I hope you make it back to where you once where with the Thunder and yes, I hope you play badly only when you’re playing against the Nets.

New Jersey Nets Game 31: Chicago Bulls December 30, 2008

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gotta love the Bulls damnit

Yes people, we’re back at home again trying to WIN at home again after only doing it 5 times in 16 games, and after that crushing home loss against the Bobcats, I am seriously not expecting much from today’s game other than the team coming out strong and play hard.

I really can’t understand the problem of the Nets’ home struggles, I mean it’s easy to blame the fans for not showing up, but is that all to it? The Nets’ are shooting reasonably worse than what they do on the road and they score 7 points less in every home contest.

And with Luol Deng out for the Bulls, this could and would be a glorious chance for us to grab a big win here in the Izod, It would be brilliant to see Derrick Rose play against Devin Harris on both ends, but at the end of the day, it would be the story of which backcourt came out to play.

As far as my estimation goes, I think this game is again Yi’s “breaking out” game, I expect maybe a double double from him and hopefully a Nets win! GO NETS

New Jersey Nets Game 29 & 30: Double Review December 29, 2008

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If only the NBA allows team to play the entire season on the road, let’s say the Nets are like the Harlem Globetrotters, without any existing home court. I would dare say, with the Nets’ current road record of 10-4, we would be on pace to win at least 55 games. But at home, we’re a measly 5-11, with is again on pace to win lesser than 28 games. The team currently has the third best road record in the league, behind Orlando and Boston. So, go figure, What I have to say to this assessment is, I love road trips.

I can’t imagine losing two games in a row in the same fashion as we did on Friday, so being down by double digits in the second got me a little bit unnerved, but the Nets again like always, fought back and also once again led by Devin Harris, which can I seriously say; He is shit the fastest guard in the league hands down, other than the play where he got rejected by Gerald Wallace, Harris absolutely killed the Bobcats defense.

In the home loss, we showed absolutely less energy than the other team and today again it’s the same issue, but the thing about today was that they woke up earlier than expected and because of the early come back, the Nets were able to take the lead in the fourth and eventually come up with the win.

I have to say that the team’s decision to bring in Keyon Dooling and Jarvis Hayes, none of them my favorite players, especially Jarvis Hayes, due to my constant support for the Washington Wizards pre-Arenas’ injury; proved to be an accurate and brilliant decision, because the moment that duo, together with the bench players most notably Josh Boonecame into the game in overtime; It was where they won the game for us, a give and go with Boone and draining a three, Boone with a dunk which I haven’t seen him do in like quite awhile, Jarvis Hayes with a big three, It’s not only Carter and Harris doing their jobs, it’s the bench contributing again in this road win.

But the starting five’s lack of production is really worrying, Brook Lopez did his thing with the rebounding, and it’s nice to see him doing well defensively against Okafor on several possessions but he has to be able to finish better around the rim instead of throwing some shots at weird angles, but Bobby Simmons and Yi, damn it, Simmons never had a good offensive game from the start of the season till no, and he is a better offensive player than he is showing right now, I know he is going to come around with his performances because he is showing them in streaks, but the thing is he has to start turning the corner before it’s too late, and Yi? Yi’s an enigma.

Game 29

Game 30

Merry Christmas folks!

New Jersey Nets Game 30: Boris Diaw turnover party December 28, 2008

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Can someone just step up to play early? I mean we would be way better than 14-15 if anyone would provide at least 1% better than the energy we started against the Cats yesterday, can we start the game by getting the ball inside to Brook Lopez? We know no matter what, Carter and Harris is going to bring it, so it’s up to the other guys to provide the team with support.

I don’t understand the genius in starting Trenton Hassell but if Frank is going to continue with that, he has to make sure he puts Hassell on a short leash, and Chris Douglas-Roberts needs to get minutes!

This game is again I must say crucial, we can ill afford to go 14-16, let alone 15-15. We need a win, GO NETS!

Er, Yeah.

Depressing is not even the word. December 27, 2008

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I just can’t imagine 5-11!! and to think that we were that close from a come back win. Ugh!

This should have happened like more than twice in the game.

EDIT: I don’t think I would do a review of the game tonight, but instead a double review after the home-home series is over, damn it we need a win, we beat the Hawks at home twice didn’t we?

New Jersey Nets Game 29: Bobcats, Blog Resurgance! December 27, 2008

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First pre-game preview in a year? almost a year? who the hell cares? We’re back that’s it.


Thats a Nets fan right there.

In the quarterly review we totally noted that the Nets need to start winning at home if we are to prove ourselves as a playoff team, I mean come on, 5-10? 5-10? I just don’t know how bad can we get, that’s why this game against the Cats is crucial. I don’t want to sound so desperate but this game is almost a must win for us, Charlotte obviously isn’t one of the best teams in the conference, but they are playing decent as of late, and the Nets haven’t 3 losses in the last 5 in various fashion, whether it’s a blow out, a meltdown, or a lapse of defense, we had them all in the three losses.

Oh? Did I mention that this is a home and home series against Charlotte? crap, this could easily get us to 7-10 or 5-12, I’d pee in my pants thinking of having a 5-12 record at home. Given Charlotte’s defensive capabilities, I mean they don’t score much but they sure as hell don’t allow opponents to score that much either. Their glut of good defensive guards is going to present our backcourt with kinds of troubles which I would love to see how they can adapt to it on court.

What we need from the Nets from this game is the intensity to start the game, forget about the crappy crowd, if they aren’t there, they won’t be there, We just have to focus on our game and execute whether if it’s on defense or on offense, bear in mind that we are facing a team that plays the slowest pace of basketball that you can find anywhere in the NBA together with the lowest output of 91 ppg, therefore it’s easy to assume that the Cats aren’t going to score big on us, but this team’s defense is still a work in progress so that kinda balance out the books.

It would be interesting to see which Yi shows up tonight because I kinda think that this is a game that Yi could take advantage of being guarded most probably by Diaw or Sean May, Yi’s face up game could be the key in deciding whether the team wins or not. Brook Lopez going against Okafor would be another matchup I am interested in, seeing Lopez play against an elite defensive player, yeah.

DAMN IT VOTE FOR YI!!! December 27, 2008

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No wait, DAMN IT VOTE FOR YI!!! In fact vote for Devin, and vote for Vince, get all you three Net All-Star hopefuls into the All-Star Game,

I’m not saying that Yi deserves a slot on the All-Star team, but damn it, as a biased Net fan, I say he should and I’m going to vote everyday until he beats Kevin Garnett off from that second spot.

Devin Harris is going to be an All-Star this season and that’s a given, so does Vince if he can continue on his performances, but he needs more votes to get past Iverson, people damn it, we have to keep voting for Vince and of course Yi, Chinese Democracy damn it!!

Yi wants to be in the All-Star game together with Yao, and he needs to make a video to pitch for himself ala Chris Bosh and whoever, besides 10 ppg and 7 rpg, 41% from three, they’re ALL STAR NUMBERS! YI FTW!