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New Jersey Nets Game 40 Review January 17, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Jerryd Bayless, Portland TrailBlazers, Recap, youtube.
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For three quarters the Nets looked like a team capable of doing alot of things but in the last 5 minutes of the fourth, the Nets’ just looked overwhelmed, fatigued, and generally incapable of stopping anything that the Blazers were throwing at them. Not Jerryd Bayless, Not Travis Outlaw, they were not able to stop abyone from scoring in the last few minutes.

The team shot tremendously the entire game but somehow we just didn’t made them when it mattered most, Vince was probably still recovering from the shock of witnessing a plane crash, everyone played an almost perfect game, it seemed impossible for us to lose in the third because we were playing that well, we were neck and neck with the Blazers.

It also looked easier when Steve Blake wasn’t playing, which meant that they would be short at the PG position, but then again, it’s just like the Nets, which Brandon Roy, a great passer who is capable of playing PG, it allowed Jerryd Bayless, an undersized scoring guard to come in and play the SG, and it was his introduction to the game that turned it around for them. 23 points and 11-11 FTs? Unfathomable.

This team just needs a really strong perimeter defender that is fast enough and can hold guys on the other team from scoring, we’ve seen it in so many previous games, and today it’s the same thing all over again, a 6-7 wing scoring all over us, this time it was Travis Outlaw. We have guys who are average defenders, but they’re just not good enough, Trenton Hassell was once a decent defender, but now he rarely gets on the floor, and when he does, he’s not able to do anything.

The much hyped out battle between the two rookie centers was, well just hype. Brook Lopez again consistent with his performance, coming up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and the daily 2 blocks, Ryan Anderson had his second consecutive game in double figures, but he hadn’t boxed anyone out for the entire game, 2 rebounds from the PF spot is Ruffin-ish.

Eventhough it’s a tough loss, it was still a decent performance from the team, 19-21 is not too bad at the moment, I just hope that this mini run of losses would give the team more character and somehow strengthen their resolve to start winning on the road again.


New Jersey Nets Game 39 Review January 15, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, Recap, youtube.
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Come on, 32 isn’t that bad, if you think of the few positives that we can take from the game.

Well, Carter who was apparently reported that he was going to be a game time decision really should have stayed at home for this one, a 4 point, 1-10 shooting dud from him isn’t really the best way to boost his chances for an All-Star berth.

We were neck and neck with champs for two quarters, going into the half only down by 10, but again, again, again and again, we lost it at the third quarter, which totally blew the game open, and we blew ourselves out of it. 18 points was the gap alone in the third quarter, and Paul Pierce alone had 18 in the third, it’s just totally mind boggling that we just allow ourselves to get steamrolled in this fashion.

For all four quarters we were outrebounded, outscored, outshot, and totally outplayed by the Celtics, and seriously tonight, we looked like a team that’s headed for the lottery rather than the playoffs. This game just made me hope that the few close games we squandered early on in the season does not come back and haunt us when we need wins in the coming months.

Brook Lopez and Ryan Anderson, the two rookies were the only bright spots and in a really forgettable game, both of them combining for 26 points, which were more than the two scoring duo in the league managed to produce. CDR also got to play which was great news, and so did tattoo-less Ager.

Let’s just hope this team would take this loss and a personal thing and take it all out in the next game against Brandon Roy and the Blazers because the four games left in this stretch, just shows us where we are right now as a team, and if the playoffs are serious ambitions, this is the real barometer test.

Sean Williams NBDL Update #4 January 14, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in NBDL, Nets News, Sean Williams.
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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.

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

New Jersey Nets Game 37 January 13, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in NBA previews, Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The Nets are already without Yi, have a game time decision for Devin Harris, and now Bobby Simmons? Now Vince Carter will have to play out of his mind for the Nets.

The starting five would be a complete mess if Harris and Simmons are not able to start tonight, Ryan Anderson is already starting in Yi’s place. and now Trenton Hassell is going in for Simmons, and if Devin isn’t going to play, with Keyon Dooling starting, the bench is going to be really thin and I don’t like the way it is going.

Is anyone intrigued at playing against Nenad Krstic? Hell no.

I don’t think we’re well equipped enough to face the Thunder actually, with a starting front line of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox. I seriously think that with all the injuries we have on the team, a depleted bench would be the last thing we need against the Thunder.

If Ryan Anderson starts tonight he will be the third youngest player to start for the Nets, behind Brook Lopez.

Devin Harris wants your vote! January 12, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Devin Harris, Weekday Randomness, youtube.
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George Bush ought to learn how to dodge shoes by taking a lesson from Devin Harris, and the price? log on to the Internet and vote for Devin of course, and for Vince, and for Yi, even if he can’t make it, it’s good to let that stanking deacon KG feel it.

Devin’s push for All-Star 2009? 23.1 ppg, 6.6 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 spg, +22 on all fronts, He is an All-Star already, and so is Vince.

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.