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Is Carter to Cleveland possible? January 19, 2009

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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
 
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You need to play D people. January 18, 2009

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If benching the star players is the only way to get the message across, then so be it, sometimes they need to realise that we need to play defense in order to win a basketball game.

New Jersey Nets Game 34: Miami Heat January 4, 2009

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NEW JERSEY NETS (16-17)
MIAMI HEAT (17-14)

Devin Harris didn’t had a very good outing in the last game against the Hawks, but the good thing in this game is that we’re not playing at home anymore, ahoy good sunny Florida, which is also why I won’t see a repeat of the 8 turnover performance by Harris.

The last two times we played against the Heat this season, the story has always been about Dwyane Wade, whether it’s him scoring 19 in the fourth quarter or it’s him scoring 8 in the last two minutes, the Nets’ or in fact the entire league’s success in beating Miami comes indirectly off containing the scoring and playmaking ability of Wade.

I actually thought this team has no even got one player who can outright shut Wade down, but there are players who can slow him down, but again by putting players like Hassell on Wade, we’re giving up too much offensively just because we want a guy who can slow Wade down, and maybe throw him off by a bit.

What we could do is just let Wade do everything he wants, but obviously he can win the game by himself, the key is to force the other players on the team, especially the starting four minus Wade to step up and play. The Heat bench which IMO, is superior compared to the Nets bench when it comes to putting up points in a hurry, therefore the key to this game is just playing defense, we played them four times already this season (including pre-season), we know what they can do, we need to close out the game better as well, because in the two losses before this, that was what failed us in the end. GO NETS!

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Yi three lines: over 3 threes > 25 minutes, Nets win, 5 threes < 20 minutes, Nets lose

New Jersey Nets Game 33 Review: Holy Smokes January 3, 2009

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No homo?

Once again, bad start down by 20 at the half, it all seem likely that the Nets would fall 5-13 at home, but fate once again has its own say in the story, as the Nets came back from 20 down and forced overtime, played through a terrible stretch in OT, and somehow drained a miraculous three from way beyond to win our 16th game of the season.

I had no idea Keyon Dooling was playing tonight, so it also meant that CDR and Ager wouldn’t get any extra minutes, in fact they didn’t play at all. But tonight was just a horrible night for Devin playing the point, sloppy passes followed by simple passes that led to an assist, each time up the floor we see a different Devin Harris, maybe it’s just an off night, maybe.

The first half was just terrible to watch, I mean come on man, even an amateur team can score more than 29 points? We’re just not focused enough and we didnt have the energy as usual coming out of the game, but thank god they turned it around in the third, where most battles are won. I do think that Lawrence Frank’s ejection sparked the team after all, Vince Carter was also ejected in the game before and all this worked in our favor.

VC didn’t explode onto the Hawks, but what he did was even more ferocious, having struggled during the game shooting the ball, 6-18 from the field, but 5-7 from three. It was also a stroke of luck when a player with Josh Smith’s defensive abilities decided that Carter was to be allowed to grab the loose ball after an inbounds tip, and launch a 35 foot dagger which gave us ouor 6th win at home. Good grief!

Oh yeah, Yi was 0-2 from three, remember the Yi Lines? if he shot less than 3 threes, we win, and yeah right now we’re 1-0

New Jersey Nets Game 33: Atlanta Hawks January 3, 2009

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NEW JERSEY NETS (15-17)
ATLANTA HAWKS (21-10)

Coming into this season, we would still think that the Hawks would always be a promising team which couldn’t quite deliver the results, but boy this season, 21 wins already? that’s like three fourths of their win total less than half way into the season, and what is worse for today’s match up against the Hawks? They’re red hot winning their last six, while we are 4-6 in the last 10 while also dropping our last two.

Did I mention that Josh Smith is back in their line up? Our first two wins against them IN Atlanta, AWAY from home was played when the Hawks stuttered a bit while losing Smith, but now playing at HOME against an upcoming team like Atlanta with their key player back? I don’t know about this.

With Keyon Dooling out for the team as well, it looks like CDR will see more minutes as well as Maurice Ager, they had minutes during the game against Detroit and they did good generally, bringing energy and defense onto the floor and also a lack of offensively ability from both guys, but they were not prepared to get like more than 15 minutes of burn during that game, but this time I think they will be and the performance will also be even better. But then again with Keyon out, Devin Harris would be playing more minutes than ever and this would also mean that if Harris is out of the game, Carter would be manning the point, which is kind of an advantage for us.

However with Carter so pissed about that ejection he got on the game against the Pistons, it would be a good tonic for him to come out of the game strong, make a statement, refer to video


Yeah, I would love to see Al Horford do that against VC or anyone tonight!

GO NETS!

Yi three lines: over 3 threes > 25 minutes, Nets win, 5 threes < 20 minutes, Nets lose

Seriously?? January 1, 2009

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Seriously, some referees just need to get their minds out of the gutter for awhile man, you make a bad call, or even if you’ve made a correct call, you give out a tech,dude come on man, it’s still all good you know; If a guy isn’t shouting abuse at you why the hell do you want to throw him out of the game in the first place? Damn it all these refs, they’re like another breed of people with slower reception cords.

We could have won the game with Carter around you know? We seriously had a chance to gain 2 Ws over Detroit. But we fluff the chance because of
1) lousy referees who are stucked in the 30s
2) Carter’s inability to control himself, and of course he’s a vet, he should know better, but who can blame him right? I know I can’t

Damn it, the gameee, damn it


From this picture, the conclusion we can come to is that Derrick Stafford needs a new ref jersey.

Yi, you need to shoot less threes!! 15-17 isn’t that bad actually come to think of it. and we’re 10-5 on the road, thank god for the good teams!

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.