I look at it like this, we were lucky to make it as close as it was. We just looked lethargic and for lack of a better term uninterested during the first half of this game. If it wasnít for Jeff Pendegraph running wild in the first half I think we might have been down by 10 at the half, but as it was he totally shell shocked both the Nets and the Pacers.
Look weíre not about making excuses but honestly I wonder if fatigue isnít catching up a little bit here? We have played a LOT over the past couple of weeks, now if you want to be a championship team you have to overcome that but I wonder if some of that didnít come into play.
Also letís be honest here the Nets do match up pretty well to us and right now they actually have both the size and physicality to cause us disruption. Paul George had a bad night, some of that was bad shooting but most of it was because Gerald Wallace is one hell of a defender who would not allow Paul to just go wherever he wanted. Since David West basically couldnít play (and should not have played) that meant that Reggie Evans could do his thing and not be forced out of the game due to lack of defense. Brooke Lopez just destroyed Roy Hibbert or more to the point on the offensive end Brooke Lopez destroyed Roy Hibbert on the defensive end Roy Hibbert destroyed Roy Hibbert. Lance did good but in the end just isnít long enough to bother Joe Johnson and well George Hill did what he could but at the end of the day we just had another bad game.
I understand that Paul fouled out of the game but why the last two games (which of course have both ended in losses) Frank has chosen to stick D.J. Augustine in the game is beyond me. Why do we have Sam Young on the roster then? I mean poor George Hill all 6í2Ē of him had to guard Joe Johnson 6í8Ē in the post for the last shot in regulation. Did anybody not think this was going to end up in score for Joe?
SighÖ. Well at least the Bulls won so they didnít gain anything on us.
On another bright note, if Danny does come back on Wednesday then at the very least we wonít have to hear anyone complaining about him ruining a winning streak or team chemistry if we do lose (which we better not). Itís always good to look for the good right? Right?
Tonight were just going to hit some bulletpoints because I donít really even feel like talking about this game much.
ē This had to be one of the worst attended games of the year. Honestly it did surprise me a little because I thought Brooklyn might be more of a draw than they are I guess. But yea 11,672 is very pathetic. On the bright side if nobody saw it then they canít hold it against us.
ē Iím only going to talk about Roy briefly because I donít want to go overboard but Iíll just say it. For whatever good he did you on defense tonight he more than countered that with his putrid offense production. Iíll state this very clearly, Roy Hibbert hurt the Indiana Pacers when he was on the floor tonight. You can disagree all you like & I am not a Roy basher and acknowledge all of the good he does on defense all year, but not tonight.
ē Our offense was beyond stagnate and stale tonight which is largely due to the defense of the Nets wing players but we settled for bad shots tonight.
ē What little crowd there was on hand really tried valiantly to get the team going in the end of the 4th but it was all for naught.
ē Gerald Green may be the single dumbest player Iíve ever seen. One pump fake almost sent him to the moon to block a shot that wasnít even there. BTW, I donít just mean from tonightís game. His body of work from this season is pretty rare in how many bonehead plays he makes. Oh well we will always have the dunk vs. the Cavs.
ē Speaking of which if you werenít there and judging by the attendance you werenít, in the layup line tonight a dunk contest broke out between Green, Young, George and believe it or not both Hansbrough. Believe it or not Young probably won that dunk off. Although in fairness to Green had he hit a bounce the ball catch it put it between the legs and behind the back dunk it would have been epic but it bounced off.
ē Look I like Reggie Evans and am always impressed when I see a pure rebounder at work, but if David West would have had his normal game then he wouldnít have even been in there for all of those boards because he canít guard him. But fortunately for him West was blind tonight. Itís a lot easier to grab rebounds when you are not even slightly involved on the offensive end and you cheat off of your man on defense. West hits his normal shots then Evans doesnít have the impact that he did.
ē You know I look at Mahinmi stats and it seems okay but I donít know he just didnít seem to have the impact on the game that I would like for him to have. Not sure why I didnít think he had a great game but I didnít.
ē We shot a total of 18 free throws tonight; the Nets actually converted 23 free throw shots. Just another sign to me that we were settling for jumperís way to often.
Well if ever there was a time Danny needs to make a comeback this is it. He doesnít solve all of our problems but in a game like tonight I think he would have solved a lot of them.