Saturday, November 29, 2008


What a game, this game was made exciting when it shouldn't have been made that way. The Nets were up 17 midway through the 3rd and the Kings had nothing going then the Nets managed to blow the lead and were forced to come from 6 down with 34 seconds left, but they ended up winning so that's all you can ask for I suppose. My thoughts:

1) Devin Harris displayed his mental toughness tonight. He struggled shooting all game but when Bobby Jackson gave him space with 7 seconds left for a game tying 3 he had no hesitation to take the shot. He still had the confidence in himself to take such a big shot even after having an off night, which is a big leap foward for him. Harris also made what proved to be the winning shot in overtime on what seems to be becoming his signature: a drive to the lane, a jump stop, then pop. Great way to pull through in the end when his team needed him to.

2) Obviously seeing Vince cringe after his hamstring cramped up was not pretty, but thankfully it was just cramps and he won't miss any time. 3) Brook Lopez and Ryan Anderson impressed in front of some hometown fans. Lopez is quickly proving to be a force on the low block, and someone the Nets can trust to score or draw a foul when they throw the ball to him. He finished with 20 points and 8 boards something that doesn't seem shocking any more. Anderson played well with 13 and 8 in justy 18 minutes due to foul trouble. I don't like that L-Frank stuck with yi down the stretch even though he was struggling, Anderson was shooting better than yi and also contributes in ways Yi doesn't, so Anderson should have been playing with under 2 to go in regulation and OT. 4) Keyon Dooling is thriving off the bench. Playing where he belongs as the 1st guard off the bench, Dooling continues to provide energy minutes giving the Nets some perimeter scoring and solid defense. Tonight he had 2 clutch overtime 3s for the nets just as it seemed the game would get out of reach, he nailed his shots. Overall, a somewhat impressive performance. Obviously you like the resiliency the team showed, but it never should have gotten to the point where the Nets were depending on John Salmons' missed free throws in order to win.

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