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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.


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

New Jersey Nets Game 37 Review January 14, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Oklahoma City Thunder, Recap, Vince Carter, youtube.
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Well, looks like everyone that should start the game for the Nets started, and the end result was pretty good as well, aside from Carter’s apparent game winning jumpshot being canceled off by an ill advised time-out by Coach Frank, we move to four straight home wins after starting 5-12 at home.

Brook Lopez was the story of the game last night, 31 points and 13 rebounds, and his mandatory 2 blocks. Everything Lopez did, he did it confidence, his low post moves, his jumpshot, his free throws, everything looks perfect for Lopez at the moment and it’s paying dividends for the team. I have to say for a player his age, he plays the pick and roll really well, being able to finish strong with dunks and he always just seems to be at the right place at the right time, timely offensive rebounds and being able to finish with it are the reason he has his 31 points tonight.

I actually thought we’ve got the game in the pocket after a strong third quarter which saw us coming back from behind to take the lead. A 16-0 run stretch which saw the Thunder turn the ball numerous times, 3 steals by Carter in that span, but OKC came back strong in the fourth behind Durant to tie the game, before the “game winning” jumper by Carter.

Carter just took over in OT, scoring 7 to finish with 21 and 6 steals, his 2nd career high in as many games. Devin Harris who was a game time decision, showed no signs of his injury with 17 and 8, showing off his speed again, going coast to coast on certain occasions. Ryan Anderson in his first career NBA start, didn’t fare well shooting the basketball, 3-13, 0-4 from three, but he showed great hustle with 9 rebounds, 5 on the offensive end, I could say he warrants a start in the next game against the Celtics.

All in all it’s a solid win for the team, 9-12 now at home, we just need to keep winning home games now since we’re entering the toughest stretch of the season, starting tomorrow against the Champions Boston.

still got it

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

Posted by netsophobia in All-Star Game, Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets, Randomness, Vince Carter.
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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!

Blank Post December 26, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter, Yi Jian Lian.
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Big WOW, seriously, I mean after 28 games, I never thought that the Nets would still be this competitive, I mean at best they would be like 12-16 you know and a game out of the playoffs but 14-14? come on, you gotta be kidding me, 

The three point shooting that plagued us for the last three seasons, this season the team just literally exploded from beyond the three point line, Last season, we were consistently among the last 5 in 3 point percentage but this season, the team is all the way up to 13th in the league with 37.2%, which I could proudly say are better than teams like the Cavs and Jazz. The improved shooting effiency is a big change from the offense of last year where it was just pounding the ball up court and leaving it in the hands of Carter, Jefferson or Kidd (pre-trade), but this year, the team is playing faster leading to more shots attempted per game compared to last season, and although we’re shooting more or less the same percentage compared to last season.

The free throw shooting which we all lamented about in the past, thanks partly to Jason Collins, Josh Boone and Sean Williams, are totally not the case of our struggles right now, partly due to the fact that Boone has been injured for the first quarter of the season and Williams can’t even buy a minute on the floor. In 2007, the team averaged 27 FTs per game, but only converted 73% of it, which is below average, however this season, the team is shooting 79% from the stripe, a total increase of 6.3% in clean calculations, which boosted the Nets right up into the top 10 of points per game with 101ppg easily eclipsing last season’s effort of almost 96 ppg.

The change in lead guards also means that a change in tempo would be needed, and when Devin Harris has the ball, attacking the rim is his first option, and right now he is top 3 in the league is FTs attempted per game, and tops in FTs made, when you have a backcourt duo that is going to average 20 FTs per night, it opens up the outside shot for the rest of the team and that is what the rest of the Nets are doing right now, Jarvis Hayes finally deserves to have his J back, Keyon Dooling is shooting a decent percentage, Ryan Anderson is in the top 10 among rookies from three, and not to mention three starters shooting 40% and above from beyond the arc.

Seriously, the cornerstone of this 14-14 record is Devin Harris, one that I used to hate, because he was a Maverick, and I’m also one that’s still pretty much on the Kidd bandwagon, although he’s the one who jumped off it first. Considering how Harris ended last season averaging 16ppg and 6 apg, shooting less than 44%, I thought all right, he could complement RJ and Carter next season and be pretty decent for the next few years. But the numbers that he’s averaging now, he’s a hands down winner of the Most Improved Player award and 24ppg and 7apg? that’s Gilbert Arenas’ numbers right there. His improved aggressiveness going to the rim not only changes the dimension of the team, but it also helps Vince Carter, because now Carter does not have to be the one that constantly attacks the rim, but rather one that shoots mid range jumpers and posts smaller guards up, it fits with the team, as Harris can attack the basket better and faster than anyone does on the team, and the league, and this also opens up the middle for Brook Lopez.

Never since Todd MacColluch had we had any centers with the production of Brook Lopez, I mean of course Brook is better than Todd come on! But, we never thought Brook Lopez would be this good this soon, I my self thought Brook Lopez is going to be a project, Josh Boone’s going to continue to start and miss free throws, but man hate to say this, but man, thank god for the injury, Lopez just exploded, 2 blocks per game? seriously when was the last time someone on the Nets averaged 2 blocks per game? not K-Mart, it was way back fellas. Jayson Williams is the only one I can think about back in 00. And also finally for the first time a Center not a guard, is leading the team in rebounds, thank god.

The improved offensive effiency, improved rebounding, a new point guard on the block and a low post presence which came sooner than expected is why we have 14 wins. But what about the 14 losses?

I hate to say this but look I don’t stay in Jersey or anywhere near the States but if my team is playing anywhere remotely near my place, I would be the first one to go, and what the heck is wrong with the Nets’ home record? 5-10 at home? That’s criminal, I mean if we would have the home crowd of maybe Memphis right here at the Deadzod, we would be looking at possibly a 10-5 record. It’s sad but the fact that the team feeds off the energy of fans from opposing arenas is just pathetic. I mean we want this team to win then we have to come out and cheer for them, where are they? From my own calculations, 6 games where I watched on broadband where the Nets got blown away at home, most of the fans were either dead at the third quarter or they aren’t even cheering. I can’t imagine any home team with this kind of support having a good record at home. The front office are pulling all the stops to attract people but the fans seriously have to take a look at themselves. Just look at the Rockets – Nets game.

Continuing this awful trend of giving up a trillion points in the second half, playing a game of two halves in every game is not the make up of a playoff team, and yes currently WE ARE A PLAYOFF TEAM, so losing out to the Bulls when we had a double digit lead in the third is unacceptable.

I had high hopes when Keyon Dooling and Eduardo Najera was signed by the team, they’re both instense defensive players who aren’t afraid to get up close, and I was hoping that their style of defense would actually rub off onto the team, but 25 games into the season, and upon from the occasionally flash in the pan on defense, it’s still as bad as last season, too slow on the close outs, and I thought last season, we were terrible the way we defended the three point line, but this season just Ko’ed last season’s 3pt FG % defense, the team is just letting opposing players get too many good shots, and we clearly have no designated defender who can stop whoever’s hot on the opposing team, Dwyane Wade got us, Deron Williams had us, we just can’t stop them. Trenton Hassell is a decent defender, but he is way too limited on offense to even be on the floor seriously, and Bobby Simmons, I mean he’s slightly better than Hassell, but if only Simmons was playing like it was 2005, and it would be even better if somehow they magically merged together, that would be the perfect SF to complement the team.

But seriously, 14-14 is nothing I can complain about, I should even feel delighted by this, because even if we were 12-16 I would be delighted, but the defense, and the early game intensity, the way we start out games while playing at home, I know it’s harder said than done but the team somehow just needs to make it a mind over matter kind of thing, no matter if the team is playing in front of 10 people or 16,000 people, it’s the intensity we start the game with that counts, Let’s win more basketball games in the 3/4! GO NETS!

Guess Who’s Back!?!!!! October 8, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Off-Season, Randomness, Vince Carter.
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Yes, RJ’s gone we kinda miss him, but Bobby Simmons’ here, we ain’t gonna trip
There’s no more Boki, but there is Yi, There’s no more Nenad, but there’s Brook
I kinda miss the Eastern Europe Connection, but if they suck, they had to go;
I didn’t know the Nets liked Pac-10, but if they do, then why not?
If Ryan sucked, who the hell cares? Our frontcourt’s got, the big numbers game.
And finally, we got Yi, he’s got game, but he needs time. We here at the blog loves him, but we hate Jarvis Hayes, because he has no fucking J.
We’re a defensive team now, therefore we have good old Keyon Dooling, but not only he can play D because we’ve got Trenton Hassell.
We heard what Frank said, Sean Williams is a man, but Najera I dont really know..
This is Vince Carter’s team, or isit Devin Harris’?
Oh Maurice Ager, we know about you, you’re just right there, with Julius Hodge
And Eddie Gill, thanks for coming, we’ll see you here, in the next training camp
We’re going to Europe, it’s the Heat in France
We’ll see Mike Beasley, getting fouled on front, if there’s Mario then there’s got to be Luigi, where the hell is Luigi? his name is CDR! He’s from Detroit, he plays hard, he definitely cant shoot because he’s not Kerry Kittles.
SLAM used to rock, but the fact that they kept dissing on Carter, which untrue facts, that’s just not right so for SLAM, VC is gonna make you eat your homo words and suck your homo balls. peace!

When offense doesn’t count for much. March 2, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Atlantic Division, Desegana Diop, Devin Harris, Eastern Conference, Lawrence Frank, Marcus Williams, Maurice Ager, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Sean Williams, Trenton Hassell, Vince Carter.

Before the lineup overhaul, this team was struggling both on the defense and on offense, even with the same team that from two years ago whichc was one of the best defensive teams in the league, the team slowly deterioriated to the point of last season where on certain games they could lock teams down defensively to this season where teams would just steamroll over them.

Then came all the trades which saw the blog favorite Jason Collins traded for Stromile Swift and Kidd and Antoine going over to Dallas, it all points to the new guys like Harris, Hassell, Swift (and of course Diop, but we’re talking about offense here) to score more, to shoot higher percentages compred to the other three. Prior trade, none of the three ex-Nets were shooting over 41% while the trio of Hassell, Harris, and Swift has Hassell shooting 44% which is the lowest among them three. So basically the offense’s going to improve over time correct?

Yeah, but the point is, if you can’t stop anyone, you can’t win games even if you’re scoring 120 or 130. The focus on this team has to be on defense, because no matter how many points they can score, this team isn’t equipped to be Phoenix East or Golden State East, the Nets just don’t have the personnel to do that, the reason we lost against the Magic, was because coach Frank wanted to keep up with the scoring charts therefore five players ended the game playing 38 minutes and only one reserve played over 20 minutes, and in the end the team suffered. During crunchtime when stops are important, we couldn’t get any because the entire lineup on the floor was fatigued and Frank isn’t trusting enough to put any new guys on the court.

if kids could D up, why can’t we?

Which comes to the next point, player rotation, we all heard what the Hassell’s, Diops and Swift could do, they CAN play defense, but if the coach isn’t going to play them, they can’t do their jobs no? If the reserves don’t get playing time, players like VC and RJ, Harris would suffer at the end fo close games when we need a closer, we need our star players to be fresh to make plays; not be tired and choke.

We have so many players on this team that’s capable of playing stellar defense so why not we utilize them? Let’s say this team needs to score, yeah the starters can score all they want, but when it’s the 2nd quarter, a time for runs, why not but a few of those guys in and let them play defense, let’s say a 2nd quarter lineup of Harris, Carter, Hassell, Diop and Williams. It’s the balance between offense and defense that matters.

I’m sure if the team focuses on D, guys like Maurice Ager would play defense when they are on the court, he certainly has the tools, but he’s trying to hard to show everyone how good he can sore the basketball, hence his lousy stats. Frank needs to give defense a shot but everything starts with trust, he has to trust the new players and give them minutes, put the emphsis on D and the scoring will come, because I don’t see the Suns winning any championships yet.

Regular Season Game 56: Hello, Marcus Williams February 24, 2008

Posted by netsophobia in Central Division, Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers, Marcus Williams, New Jersey Nets, reviews, Vince Carter.

I’m telling you, if the Nets plays like this every game for the rest of the season, they would be very hard to beat, but then again this game is against the Pacers, one of those teams that we should really beat, so it doesn’t really say much.

Right now, the equation is Marcus Williams plays good, Nets win, and when even the best player on the opposing team says you’re good, it means you’re really good, and if Marcus keeps this up by just shooting less jumpers and focusing on passing the basketball which in the meantime allows Vince to get back more into scoring, this is the result we would probably get.

New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter shoots over Indiana Pacers' David Harrison, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday night, Feb. 23, 2008, in East Rutherford, N.J.

And when Vince starts scoring, the pressure on RJ lessens and he can get into the scoring act as well, with 36 points, and when RJ and Vince are clicking, other players gets open as well, as for this instance its Josh Boone, finishing with a strong double double, the missing Kidd link we needed to replace isn’t Kidd’s scoring, it’s his passing, not his rebounding or his scoring, when he rebounds, Kidd made other bigs from not being able to rebound and carve out their spots, with him gone, we see guys like Boone grabbing a whole lot of borads together with VC and Nachbar, I think the 55-37 rebounding advantage is one of the biggest we’ve got this season.

With Marcus Williams taking over from Kidd, it’s not about replacing Kidd’s his scoring, we all know that Kidd’s shooting woes, and the amount of shots he takes, Marcus is obviously a better shooter right now, so he should seriously just focus on the passing instead of trying to score too much, where we could see in this game 13 assists equals victory, and add in the fact tha Travis Diener is on Marcus, which makes his job easier.

The bench couldn;t hit a shot even if they wanted to, but I like the Trenton Hassell, Boki Nachbar punch coming off the bench, defense and offense from, I haven’t seen much from Maurice Ager, but if the scouting reports are what it says it is, the atlhtlecism and speed is a very ineresting package. Tonight was a good win against the Pacers and it puts us at 26-31, 2 games behind the Bullets.