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

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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.

It’s not the mood, It’s the ribs. January 23, 2009

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Devin Harris probably is still bitter about Frank benching him for the second half against the Celtics, but it wasn’t his bitterness that affected his play in the next game, it was the the banged-up body of Devin Harris’.

Chris Paul must have felt very good about himself after outplaying a hurt Harris in the win against the Nets, but there was nothing Harris could have done to stop Paul from getting another strong night. He struggled the entire game shooting 1-11, and sat out the entire fourth.

Right now he’s listed as day to day but things aren’t looking up for him, injured with a bruised morale, it would be better to just rest him for a few games, and then only look to come back strong and prove whoever he’s trying to prove wrong with a healthy body and a clear mind set.

Basically he just has to forget about Boston, forget about the All-Star game, start getting the negatives out of his brain, play basketball and let things come back to him slowly.

Is Carter to Cleveland possible? January 19, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA talk, NBA trades, Nets News, New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter, Wally Sczerbiak.
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Two straight blow out losses to the Celtics means? I don’t know what that means but apparently it meant something to the big players on the Nets. I mean Nets Daily has this news about Carter going to the Cavs in exchange for Wally Sczerbiak and his expiring contract, a check on the trade possibilities on the REAL GM TRADE CHECKER shows that it is possible for us to move Carter to Cleveland.

It would be a straight on swap, Cavs get Carter a strong shooting guard, who is still in his prime although slowly fading, but still delivering, and Nets get Sczerbiak and also gets rid of Carter and his big contract for one that is expiring this season, strengthening the push for a big 2010.

But the thing is, Is this even worth it? yes we know we lost two games by a combined total of 53 points, but so what? What did you actually expect from us? The Raptors have had higher expectations than us and now they’re rock bottom in the Atlantic? What gives?

Aren’t we giving out judgement way too fast? I know the trade deadline is like a month away from now, but come on, after a start that was against all odds, you’re going to dismantle a team that gave us that much promise based on two games? Two freaking games against the defending assholes? This is just crazy, and it shows a lack of faith on the team, stop thinking about 2010, Carter’s contract expires on 2011, so by 2010, we would still have enough cap space to sign either You Know Who, or You Know What. What are they even trying? to sign the entire free agent class?

Cleveland Trade Breakdown

Change in Team Outlook: +14.9 ppg, +2.1 rpg, and +3.8 apg.

Incoming Players
Vince Carter
6-6 SG / SF from North Carolina
21.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.7 apg in 36.7 minutes
Outgoing Players
Wally Szczerbiak
6-7 SF / SG from Miami-OH
6.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg in 19.6 minutes
 
New Jersey Trade Breakdown

Change in Team Outlook: -14.9 ppg, -2.1 rpg, and -3.8 apg.

Incoming Players
Wally Szczerbiak
6-7 SF / SG from Miami-OH
6.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg in 19.6 minutes
Outgoing Players
Vince Carter
6-6 SG / SF from North Carolina
21.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.7 apg in 36.7 minutes
 

Sean Williams NBDL Update #4 January 14, 2009

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It’s been awhile but the update is back, Sean Williams showed two sides of himself in his last two games, just two exact interpretations of himself on the court.

In game 4, Sean showed all of us in the Showcase, just how big a deal he can be when he’s at his best, 16 rebounds, 16 points, 6 blocks, 6 assists, on 7-13 shooting in 38 minutes. It’s not just the numbers that are staggering, his ability to stay on the court showing his improved coordination is impressive as well, 3 PFs in 38 minutes, and to top that off, 14ers win, improving to 11-5.

But in game 5, Sean showed another part of his game which no one else wants to see but that’s what everybody will talk about in the future. Again the same foul trouble that had plagued him throughout his NBDL stint, just kinda make us think that maybe game 4 was a fluke?

6 fouls in 23 minutes aren’t exactly pretty and the 4 TOs aren’t going to look pretty as well,he’s just trying to hard to adapt to the SF position when he’s clearly not up to the task yet, do not that his best effort which came in game 4 was when he played PF. But one clear factor of his game that Sean showed tremendous improvement in was his FT shooting, 75% on 2.5 attempts per game is pretty decent compared to his NBA stats.

Bad game from Williams means bad loss for the 14ers, who are 11-6 now.