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Devin is an All-Star, Vince isn’t so he sprains his ankle in protest? February 1, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Injury Updates, Nets News, Vince Carter.
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Yeah, that’s generally what happened, but what’s the good news? we won? for only the second time in 10 games? wow, I seriously had no idea that the after effect of Carter going down with an injury would actually spark the team to play so well.

Down 12 in the fourth, without literally their best player on the team, their leader, yet by some divine stroke of luck and defense, the Sixers couldn’t even bribe a basket for 10 minutes, Carter showed the resilience of a team leader when he tried to come back to the game twice and that effect rubbed off on the team, rather than lying down and letting the Sixers steam roll them over, they came back had big plays offensively and defensively, the game winning block by Trenton Hassell, Brook Lopez’s dominating performance in the fourth, an improbable victory totally, with a huge cost tho, Vince Carter could be out for a month, Bobby Simmons for two weeks maybe, and without Yi, we would be very short on the wing.

But one thing is for sure, Devin Harris’ play has been very spotty for the last 8 games or so, after the second half benching by Frank, he’s only topped 20 points on 2 occasions, and his shooting numbers are all down, and so is his turnover numbers. Hopefully his first trip to the All-Star game could rejuvenate his game and he can come back stronger for the second half of the season, because this is the most crucial time of the year, and we need him at his best, especially when without Carter.

Doug Overton and CDR should have patched things up already, so this could probably be the break he’s waiting for, he’s been on the bench the entire season and literally not playing alot of minutes, but this time, Frank would be forced to give him or Ager some time on the court, and we can finally gauge their value on the team.


Ryan Anderson chin up? January 12, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Brook Lopez, Eduardo Najera, Injury Updates, NBA Discussions, NBA talk, Ryan Anderson, Team Injuries, youtube.
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According to Fred Kerber, Ryan Anderson will start the Nets’ next game against the Thunder (6-32) replacing Yi, who fractured his finger last Friday, he played well coming off the bench early on, replacing Najera, which started the season on the injured list, but hit the injury barrier in December with a bad back which in turn dropped his shooting accuracy from 52% from downtown in late November to 36% in January.

Look Ryan Anderson clearly needs to play to gain his feel, confidence, his shot and whatever back, but to the point of starting him? I’m just thinking that we’re giving up way too much rebounding and defense by just starting Anderson, yes, yes Frank doesn’t want to disrupt the rotation because Najera’s doing well off the bench, but come on! Anderson is good I know, but Boone would be better off starting at the four, even if there is no viable back-up for Brook Lopez.

See Lopez could play the four and Boone could go down to the five, reason being? Brook Lopez has a workable jumper, that’s what all fours need, he may not be suitable to play the four but it’s not like asking him to convert to PF, it’s just one game, and for what it’s worth, Anderson can back Lopez up giving him substantial time to alternate between the four and five with Najera picking up the rest of the minutes split between Boone, Lopez, and Anderson, that wouldn’t cracked that rotation hard would it? And mind if I state the obvious, when Ryan Anderson started the season off the bench playing on fire, we were actually 11-8 at one point no? (although with Yi)

What my point is, I just don’t feel comfortable with Anderson starting the game, I think the team should let him come off the bench playing 20-25 minutes and slowly let him prove his way to the starting lineup, Yi’s out for 6 weeks, not 6 hours. He’s got time to prove himself, so right now let some one else who deserves the start, to get the start, and that guy is Josh Boone.

two months in, and already a mix.

Luck hates Yi January 11, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Injury Updates, NBA talk, Yi Jian Lian.
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Looks like Yi’s push for an All-Star bid is over, obviously the basketball god didn’t want Kevin Garnett to lose anymore sleep over the fact of whether would he be an All-Star or not, so what’s the simplest way of ensuring that? Break Yi’s finger of course.

Yi’s who is averaging 15.3ppg and 7.3rpg in January together with two games over 20 before his injury, it’s hard to say whether could he keep up with his current form when he comes back from his injury but one thing is for sure, we’re going to miss him.

At first it was reported that Yi was going to miss 3 weeks of action but reports say now that Yi could be out for as long as 6 weeks with a fractured fifth finger, add in the injuries of Ryan Anderson and the personal problems of Stromile Swift, it could be time to recall Sean Williams (more on him later) as the frontline is getting thinner by the minute.

Actually this injury could be a blessing in disguise, as in all things, because in his rookie season, he play decently until after the All-Star break, which he proceeded to struggle like mad, but now, he will be able to rest his entire body four to six weeks until after the break, which would be crucial if the team were to push for a play-offs berth.