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Regular Season Game 57: When you guessed correctly and still lose February 28, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Hedo Turkoglu, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, reviews, Southeast Division.
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We just can’t beat the Magic can’t we, we managed to hold Dwight Howard to being less dominant, Jameer Nelson didn’t go off as he usually does, but we totally forgot that they shed out max money for Rashard Lewis. Oh did we forget about Hedo Turkoglu? both of them just killed us from everywhere.

Because it’s very obvious that the both of them are the players that’s gonna kill us, we still didn’t make any extra effort on offense to stop them. Especially Turkoglu, 17 points in the fourth, come on man, I know he’s tall and all but 17 points? all the free throws and threes. shit. First Rashard Lewis kept us at bay, and then Hedo finished up the job, man both of them combined for 50 points, and it’s pretty much obvious that Nachbar isn’t going to stop either of them, why not try Hassell? but shit no, he gets what 15 minutes and he doesn’t even do shit.

What I don’t like now is that if Nenad still can’t fully contribute to the team, then don’t start him, let him get back to where he was before you even start to play him, get someone in taht can help us on D, whether its Diop or Sean anyone, we need help!

Marcus Williams with another strong performance sending a fucking message to Devin Harris, and the rest of the guys need PT, there’s too much talent on this team than just them playing 10 minutes per game. We even got dunked on by Mo frickin Evans.

Orlando Magic guard Maurice Evans (1) dunks the ball as he gets by New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter, left, and Josh Boone during the third quarter of NBA basketball Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Magic beat the Nets 102-92.

NEW JERSEY NETS 92-102 ORLANDO MAGIC

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Regular Season Game 57: New Jersey Nets – Orlando Magic February 27, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Marcus Williams, NBA previews, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Richard Jefferson, Southeast Division.
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NEW JERSEY NETS (26-31)
ORLANDO MAGIC (36-22)

Hey, after that ultra convincing win against the Pacers, we just had to go into this game against the DC Comcs team with confidence, but then again, games against the Magic usually starts with high hopes of an upset or whatever but ends off with a dud, getting blown out by the Magic or something.

But hey, at least we know that everytime we underestimate Jameer Nelson, he comes up big, so this time, I’d say Jameer is going to own Marcus’ his ass, but if Williams sticks to his gameplan from the other night, I’d say this game is 40% won. There’s of course the other 60% where he have to contain Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis an Turkolgu. This 6-10-11 tandem will give us fits and that’s an understatement, hell anyone can say what they want about Rashard Lewis’ his max contract but taht guy can play, coupled with Howard against Boone? We’re in a world of pain, and considering how the Magic despatched Sac-town? yeah..

I still have hopes of an upset tho, after watching how Washington took care of business against New Orleans, man if Deshawn Stevenson can score 33, there’s no reason why Vince Carter or RJ couldn’t. Damn if Antoine Wright is still here. Sean Williams will be useful tonight, but I don’t think Nenad should play much in this game. They would just punish him. And after how RJ talk smack about us making the playoffs and being the most talented among the bunch, we have to prove something no?

Regular Season Game 9: We Just Can’t Score Shit November 17, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Recap, Southwest Division.
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Can someone tell me how bad our offense is right now? two straight games where the team can’t even top 80 points is damn fucking depressing, and add up with the fact taht we’re averaging less than 88 ppg, that’s fucking frustrating. Whatever happened to the motion offense that we were singing praises to just a couple of weeks ago?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:  Richard Jefferson #24 of the New Jersey Nets dunks over Adonal Foyle #31 of the Orlando Magic on November 16, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Richard Jefferson just can’t score shit without Vince Carter in the team, he just can’t he has his usual shots for him and he couldn’t even hit half of them, why? bhecuase there’s no Vince drawing the attention away from RJ, without Vince on the court RJ’s te main man and he’s not proving that e’s the main man with that kind of shooting and Antoine Wright isn’t really helping RJ by not converting on his shots, although he had a nice scoreline.

I wrote in the preview that this starting lineup against the Magic’s synergy would depend on how Bostjan Nachbar plays, and it sucked because Nachbar isn’t making his shots, in fact no one did, you shoot 30% and you expect to win games? go bullshit someone else, this is the NBA, ain’t no CBA man. 

Lawrence Frank has got to understand that his private life has nothing to do with his proffesional one, even if he’s fucking ith Jason Collins at night, nobody wants to know, but on the court Collins is a piece of shit, so stop over playing him and waste precious minutes, guys like Sean Williams and Magloire needs those minutes, Frank has to be smart enough to know that we’re already having a hard time scoring and you throw this piece of wood over to suffocate the offense? crazy. And add inthe fact that hes overplaying Malik Allen? I don’t know what to say.

Jason Kidd just another triple double and it’s allwaste because he didn’t get any help, he easily I mean EASILY could have gotten 20 asissts but the guys weren’t making their shots at all, and the 19 rebounds, together with the Sean Williams 17 minute show, were the only things worth noting in a game where we were basically manhandled by the stronger and longer Orlando Magic team.

Lines for the Game
Final Score: New Jersey Nets 70 – 95 Orlando Magic
Jason Kidd line: 11 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists, 4-14 FGs
Richard Jefferson line: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4-19 FGs
Antoine Wright line: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
Collins line: 21 minutes, 3 TOs
Sub of the Game: Sean Williams, 17 minutes 9 points, 3 blocks 

NEW JERSEY NETS 4-5

Regular Season Game 9: New Jersey Nets – Orlando Magic November 17, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, NBA predictions, NBA previews, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, youtube.
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New Jersey Nets (4-4)
Orlando Magic (7-2)

I know the updates been less and the recap’s slowly dwindling down but that’s just temporary, as for the Nets, the bad stuff have been totally horrible but there’s some silver lining onto everything that’s bad.

First up, Vince Carter was out in the first game against Boston, then came the fucking ass loss against the Celtics 91-69, which is a game that is muich closer than the scoreline represents and if it wasn’t for the Antoine Wright blowup and the missed FTs, we’d be talking about something else right now, and now it’s a three game losing streak we have to snap fast.

I haven’t reach the part where Darrell Armstrong is injured yet? wow, anyay Darrell Armstrong is out for 4 weeks for some old man sickness, and now Eddie Gill is back with the team after being drafted 1st by some team in the NBDL, I can’t wait to see how he does in his first game back because he doesn’t take alot of shots, he just passes. Jason Kidd apparently doesn’t know that Gill is back in the team until this morning, which is funny because he says he doesn’t read the news unless it’s in his iPod. LOL.

Back to the game tonight against the Magic, they are 7-2 and Bostjan Nachbar is starting over Sean Williams, who again had a monster game against the Celtics (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) isn’t gonna start, which is a shame seriously although whether Frank’s decision not to start Williams is a good one would depend on how Nachbar would play the game, whether his shooting  hands are still with him. Therefore we’r matching from Lewis, Hedo, and DH12 with Jason Collins (pukes), Bostjan Nachbar, and Richard Jefferson.

Keith Bogans against Antoine Wright would be a cold one, since Bogans shoots 5 threes a game and misses like 60% of his shots, but he’s a good defensive player and it would be good to see how he matches up with Toine. Jameer Nelson stands at 6 feet and Kidd is at 6-4 therefore this is a matchup we have to exploit.

Our bench is a bit thin after all the injuries bt we have Nenad Krstic headlining our second unit together with Jamaal Magloire. Would be a good game GO NETS! break the streak. J.J Redick owns.

CHECK NU LINKZ #5 October 27, 2007

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Marty Burns does not like New Jersey, BUT I do August 4, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, NBA Discussions, NBA predictions, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards.
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FIRST OF ALL, READ THIS

(Disclaimer: READ THE SI LINK ABOVE FIRST)

Now my take on the East, I don’t know whether Marty Burns is on crack or whatever, but come on man, Jersey? eighth? who is he kidding? I don’t know how to say this, but I know the teams limitations, so I won’t go on an ignorant typing spree and say that the team is the best in the East or whatever because the fact is they are NOT.

We’re NOT BETTER than
The Cleveland Cavaliers – or LeBron’s team? they killed us on the rebounding end during the playoffs, which I think their dominance over us will continue; no matter how many rebounding bigs we sign. Magloire isn’t going to blow us away by grabbing 10+ rebounds per game, not with Jason Kidd in the line up NO. Our back court is better than theirs definitely, but their frontcourt will kill us totally.

The Detroit Pistons – I hate to say this but for me, the Nets can’t seem to beat Detroit, even though they’re on a bad patch, we can’t seem to take advantage of that. their bench got deeper and their starting five is still a five man group who can impose their will on any game any time.

The Toronto Raptors – The reigning Atlantic division champs and I expect them to stay the champs, Ya, they didn’t made any big moves to shore up the team or anything, but hey, when you’re already good, what can you still do to change it? Why change things when nothing’s wrong right? what they did was ala Spurs, tweak the bench but not the starting five, that was what the Spurs did and that got them championships, and in Toronto’s case, It will win them the division crown, Jason Kapono + Juan Dixon + Bargnani = deadly.

The Chicago Bulls – They’re basically the same as Toronto, if nothing’s wrong don’t fix it. They’ll basically be the same team last season and will also have an improved Tyrus Thomas taking over from P.J Brown, deep backcourt with Shefolosha and Duhon, scary.

We ARE BETTER than
The Washington Wizards – Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison ARE a more productive trio compared to the Nets’ big three, but team wise, we’re a better defensive team, a pretty much balanced team, abit better on half court sets, and abit more consistent. Besides they have some dude named Michael Ruffin on their bench, who is basically the second coming of Popeye Jones, minus the production.

The Boston Celtics – I have no idea how many times have I already said this for the past few days, but unless Boston miraculously finds a way to get somebody other than Glen Davis as their first frontcourt option off the bench, there’s a bunch of exmaples of “big threes” failing to get the job done, example? the Bucks, and of course our very own Nets. Besides that, you have to play in that gelling factor, they can’t say whatever they want about how they like each other, but nothing counts until they produce on the court, MAKE ME EAT ME PETTY WORDS.

The Miami Heat – ONE WORD, OLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. Find me another team who has a team as old as them, I mean AS OLD AS THEM, they have some young guys who can play, Dorrell Wright, Wayne Simien, but the problem is, Pat Riley doesn’t play them and he likes to stick with guys like Antoine Walker and yada yada yada, even though the thorough fact is that they can’t produce, this is the year we’ll kick their asses.

The New York Knicks – Overweight big men, Blah.

The Orlando Magic – Would probably go on a big run the close the season on during the season, but Rashard Lewis will be hoisting a ton load of threes.

The Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers and the Charlotte Bobcats – Surely one of these teams will surprise, or maybe TWO.

 

Summer League Game 1: Sean Williams drops a bomb. July 10, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Hassan Adams, Marcus Williams, Orlando Magic, Sean Williams.
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Sean Williams signed the rookie deal that will entitle him to 1.2 million dollars in year 2 and blablabla la, basic deal, so off to the court he went, well , it’s the first day of Summer League and we’re playing against the home team, the bad old Orlando Magic, led by good young J.J Redick.

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Kay, the Magic…they’ve got Redick, James Augustine, UNLV’s Kevin Kruger, some Gortat guy who went crazy on us, and Damone Brown, that’s the starting five. Then there’s Steven Smith, not to be mistaken with Steve Smith, but I have no idea who Steven Smith is, and then another bunch of unknowns. Oh ait, I know Loren Stokes.

So the Nets’ team, we/I whatever, already know the players, be it through the Know Your Summer League Player section and blablabla, basically Matt Walsh isn’t here with the team because he decided to go poopoo ad join the Cavs’ summer league team, which is… ohkay…

I don’t know if this is just me, but maybe half of the crowd in attendance or watching or whatever wanted to see how Sean Williams did, and not watching Redick going Dukish by hit 4 threes, and going 12-12 from the line, yea. J.J Redick bombed our team for 30 points, the Gortat guy played and even more complete game than anyone else, getting 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, oh and two blocks.

New Jersey Nets forward, Sean Williams (51) dunks as Orlando Magic guard Kevin Kruger (2) can only watch during an NBA basketball summer league game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 9, 2007.
yes, that’s his only FG

Before I reach Sean Williams, I have to make sure that everyone who is reading this piece that Summer Leagues allows players to commit ten fouls before getting their butt kicked ot of the game, and by that we can continue onto Sean, first of all, Weed Boy had ONE FG, ONE REBOUND, THREE BLOCKED SHOTS, AND TWO POINTS. 1+1+3+2= 7, er, not good right? it gets worse, 8 PFs and 4 Turnovers, 8+4=12..not good at all. But hey, Greg Oden sucked his way onto a bad debut performance, so did Kevin Durant, and the good thing is he had 3 blocks in 22 minutes, and he only took 3 shots, and he has no offense, so don’t be too harsh on him alright, relax, he’ll be fine, but being overzealous with his defense won’t help him with his foul numbers.

MAITLAND, FL - JULY 9:  JJ Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic shoots against Sean Williams #51 of the New Jersey Nets during play at the 2007 Pepsi Pro Summer League at the RDV Sportsplex on July 9, 2007 in Maitland, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice:  Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lawrence Frank
wants to start Sean Williams but he’ll have to show tha he can bring much much more to move Frank and dispose his beloved Collins from the starting lineup.

“He had early foul trouble but he had the three blocks. He got a taste and now we’ll see what strides he makes this week,”

Oh, then there’s Robert Hite, the last time I saw him was last season appearing on a Heat jersey, and he went for a holiday with the police and so on. anyway, Hite went head to head with Redick and hit four threes of his own as well, went to the linea couple of times and was very selective with his shots, first his taking smart shots, and secondly Marcus Williams hogged the ball.

Hassan Adams was solid rebounding the basketball even though he’s undersized at the 3, and playing defense, but he still hasn’t shown that he’s improved on his range nor his shot, 3-7 from the line is Collins like, not good.

Orlando Magic guard Kevin Kruger (2), tries to stop New Jersey Nets guard Marcus Williams during an NBA basketball summer league game Monday, July 9, 2007, in Orlando, Fla.
Marcus Williams had a team high 19 points, but getting that point total on an atrocious 5-18 shooting is a no no, no matter how you see it. The bright side for Williams was, he carried the team in the fourth quarter and toyed with the Magic defense and  got to the line at will, but still, he has a long way to go, and he could start by taking less shots.

Other Notables
– Mike Jones
had a nice 15 minutes with 9 points and 2 threes.
Steven Smith of the Magic contributed 13 points on 6-11 shooting topace the Magic bench.
Tony Skinn from George Mason fame had only 8 minutes.
Brandon Hunter achieved an unbelievable 4×6 with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 TOs, and 6 PFs.
Jamaal Tatum made he most of his 6 minutes with 3 points, 2 fouls and an assist.

New Jersey Nets (0-1)
Orlando Magic (1-0)

Final Score : Orlando Magic 85 – 74 New Jersey Nets
Nets High Point Man:
Marcus Williams, 5-18 FGs, 9-11 FTs, 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists.
Player of the Game: J.J Redick, 7-18 FGs, 4-6 3pt FGs, 12-12 FTs, 30 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Sub of the Game: Steven Smith, 6-11 FGs, 13 points

Are We Staring at Insanity perhaps? Updates and Random Ramblings June 2, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Billy Donovan, Derrick Coleman, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, NBA Draft, NBA Playoffs, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Randomness, Vince Carter, Zabian Dowdell.
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The two biggest news in the NBA right now? LeBron James exploding for what 48 points on the so called best team in the East, scoring 25 straight points and shattering whatever bullshit that labelled him as a choker, thus establisihing his legacy with probably the greatest individual performance by any player this century. I’m all the way behind Cleveland, no, it’s not because i’m jumping onto another wagon right here, and no, it’s not because James won my heart over, it’s because they beat us Nets, and any team that should win the championship? it’s a team that had us beat in the playoffs, and that’s the Cavs. I’m telling you, the Western Conference maybe stronger, but the East is way more entertaining, and yes, no one can stop James right now.
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks as Detroit Pistons defender Jason Maxiell looks onin the fourth quarter of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketall game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday, May 31, 2007. In Thursday night's 109-107 NBA playoffs victory in two overtimes over Detroit, James  scored 48 points, including his team's final 25 and 29 of their final 30 points.
unstoppable…for the moment

After the positive, there’s always a negative, Kobe Bryant, probably the biggest virus, bacteria or anything bad in the NBA, demanding a trade from the Lakers, let’s do a little flashback here, I’ve never been a fan of Kobe and will never be, not when he dismantled my Nets in 5 games, and muttered some crap like “This doesn’t feel like the Finals”. Kobe Bryant doing a Vince Carter and whine his way out of town? Big question is, who would want, probably the biggest egomaniac in the league (ok, maybe David Stern is first) on their team? Yes, he is undoubtedly the best wing in the league right now, but that’s it, individually that’s all he is. Team wise, he’s a load of crap.

Ah.Yes, Vince Carter, the model for choking, probably spending time in Daytona right now thinking about the 9 three pointers he made earlier in the season, actually if he didn’t choke that badly in the playoffs, he could actually warrant a new contract, a lucrative one i might add. See, he set a new franchise record for three pointers made in a game, most points scored for the entire season, and is part of the double triple double game, made the All Star Game, and was named Player of the Month, that’s pretty good for someone in a contract year, but after the playoffs, 16 million sounds too much for a franchise player who scored as much as Mikki Moore did.

And back to the Draft, note that we only have one single pick, the 17th pick, which, i’m still not sure who we will draft, BUT, the team do not have a second round pick, which is a bummer, because i think in this year’s draft, there’s a big possibility that the second round hides a big number of gems that could be unravelled into the next Arenas or Redd.

Dowdell

Guys in my projection like Zabian Dowdell, Dashaun Wood, and maybe even Jared Jordan, have the possibility of not getting drafted, so it would be the team’s chance to pounce and sign one of them to backup Marcus Williams, which in turn would be a better upgrade than playing Carter at the point, Speaking of Point, this theory of mine, see before game 6 VC played Point Guard after Marcus Williams was dormant on the bench fighting his insecurities, and maybe that’s because he played that much on that particular position, he became stagnant or whatever, thus being useless in games 5 and 6.

Billy Donovan as Magic Head Coach, dull….shades of Mike Montgomery, Rick Pitino anyone?don’t be surprise if the Magic drafts Taurean Green with their first round pick, it could happen, and Jameer Nelson could rot on the bench, Milicic will stay in Orlando and be a starter, VC WILL NOT go to Orlando, JJ Redick will get minutes and eventually start, in the end, the magic will miss the playoffs and Donovan gets to sit on the draft lottery seat.

As crazy as it seems, how bout doing a sign and trade for Rashard Lewis??okay, maybe i’m just saying, and it would not happen either, we don’t have the parts the Sonics need, and Lewis hates Collins, kidding. BUT, sending VC to the Knicks sounds awfully good, look we’ll just take Q-Rich and the 23rd pick of yours how’s that? oh, throw in Randolph Morris too, and no thanks regarding the Francis swap, i’m having a stomachache here..

Alright, that’s it, i’m still in the barrier of not being able to write anything productive or good at the moment, but the Lokking Forward Features and stuff will be back soon, and I will still not spare people from having to watch Throwbacks of Derrick Coleman. Cheers.

yes, Derrick = gay shit

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