Results for tag: Deron Williams
Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:17:29 PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Brook Lopez was unstoppable. Never mind that he still wasn’t a presence on the boards. The Nets’ big man was a giant man in the middle on offense and was taking advantage of his size against the Pistons.

Lopez appeared to be on his way to a 50-point night, should have had mid 40s easily and the Nets should have enjoyed what would have been one of their most gratifying wins of the season instead of a 116-109 loss.

But the ball stopped going to Lopez. Just stopped. The Pistons went zone, fronted Lopez, did everything to make sure he didn’t get the ball, but the Nets still have to get the ball to Lopez and let him operate. This was a night when Lopez was operating.

He took the ball from the baseline and went inside and scored. He tried to dunk

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:17:42 PM

NEWARK, N.J. – Deron Williams has no idea the pain the Nets went through last season. He’s feeling his own pain – in his wrist and from not being a part of the postseason.

But he had a great moment as a Net that for the moment made the pain in his wrist go away and made everyone realize how far away from last year this team is.

Williams’ strained right wrist was feeling weak, yet he played 43 minutes, delivered a career-high tying 21 assists and scored the game-winning basket on a step-back jump shot with 1.7 seconds left. The score gave the Nets a much-needed 107-105 victory that was significant for many reasons.

It gave them 24 victories, which is twice as many as they had last season when they finished with a 12-70 mark. It ended a six-game losing streak. It

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 3, 2011 at 10:51:41 PM

The Nets finally showed some of the spirit and pride coach Avery Johnson hoped to see from them, but it came after LeBron James and the Miami Heat had built a 21-point cushion.

The Nets got within six, but the Heat were never really threatened. Even though Miami missed so many shots inside and free throws that allowed the Nets to hang around, when the Heat needed a bucket, James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh delivered or made the pass that led to the score.

That’s a luxury the Nets wish they had, so many teams wish they had it – multiple stars who can make plays. But if there is anything the Nets should take out of their 108-94 loss, it was that they came back, something they didn’t do against the Rockets or the 76ers.

They came back with a small lineup and with Travis

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:59:24 PM

The first time LeBron James and the Heat visited the Prudential Center was Halloween afternoon and it was scary how quickly the game got away from the Nets.

James and company are back, playing in The Rock tomorrow, and it’s scary how badly the Nets have played lately.

The Nets are expecting a big crowd like in October and they’re hoping they give more of a show than that day and than many of their games here recently.

“It’s going to be one of the last home games,” Nets guard Sasha Vujacic said. “I hope that Prudential Center is going to be packed and with our fans - because we need that right now. We need that energy from our fans for 48 minutes and we have to feel like at home.”

The Nets are pleading for the fans to show. But the Nets have

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:40:16 PM

PHILADELPHIA – The Nets are limping toward the end of the season in more ways than one.

With seven games left, the Nets hope to win again. Hope is the operative word. It’s not going to happen unless the Nets change the way they approach these games.

Keeping with their recent trend of allowing teams to put them away early, the Nets were demolished 115-90 by the Sixers last night. It was one of their worst performances of the season, which is something we feel we’ve been saying plenty of lately.

“We looked tired,” coach Avery Johnson said. “Our legs looked tired. Mentally we looked tired. Very seldom have we had that quit spirit like we had tonight.”

Johnson said he could tell at shootaround the Nets didn’t have the right focus or mind frame

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:27:22 AM

NEW YORK – Deron Williams had the ball against one of the worst defenses in the league and with a chance to tie the game or take the lead.

The Nets wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

They brought Williams back specifically for this game and specifically for this reason. Actually, the Nets would rather have had a big lead and have Williams make sure they didn’t give it up. That happened already -- twice in the third period -- against the Knicks.

It came down to the Nets’ new superstar, who left the infirmary for a chance to stick a dagger in the Knicks on national television. But Williams rushed his shot, missed it and the Knicks celebrated the 120-116 victory.

“I got a good look,” Williams said. “Just kind of rushed it, came up short.”

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:09:03 PM

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Nets keep talking about wanting to get better and finishing strong, but in their last two games, they’ve looked like they can’t wait for the offseason to start.

Unfortunately, they still have nine games left, and if the Nets continue to play this way, it will spoil some of the good things they’ve done this season.

I'm not saying this because the Nets need four more wins to get to my predicted total of 27. With young teams or rebuilding teams or teams in transition, it’s about consistency of effort, but in good effort. The Nets’ effort these last two games has been consistent, but it’s also been poor.

“Disappointed,” coach Avery Johnson said after his team was throttled, 112-87, by the Rockets Tuesday night. “Disappointed.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:43:27 PM

ATLANTA – One night after putting a scare into the Orlando Magic in their building, the Nets let the Atlanta Hawks feel right at home in their house – for a little more of a half.

Then the Nets had the Hawks sweating and their fans booing when they ran 20 points off of a 30-point second-half lead.

But the Nets just didn’t have enough time, couldn’t make enough shots and couldn’t get enough stops to really spoil the night for the Hawks and the announced crowd of 17,093.

The final score, 98-87, was much more respectable than it appeared it was going to be, and the comeback allowed the Nets to escape coach Avery Johnson’s wrath – at least publicly.

Johnson wasn’t happy, and he let the players know it. He let the media know it, too, but it

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:39:05 PM

CLEVELAND – Kris Humphries was in the locker room talking to his teammates and said nothing ever comes easy for the Nets.

He’s right.

The Nets were shorthanded, missing Deron Williams and then lost backup Sundiata Gaines in the first quarter with a hip injury and nearly lost the game to the NBA’s worst team, the Cavaliers, who were without arguably their three best players.

But the Nets found a way to outlast Cleveland, winning 98-94 in overtime in an ugly game that wound up being very rewarding for New Jersey.

“Hump was just saying nothing comes easy for us,” Brook Lopez said. “It makes it that much better. We’re definitely working for everyone one of these.”

This was the Nets’ ninth game that went to at least one overtime –

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:05:19 AM

NEWARK – The Nets’ game against Indiana Monday had some of the same characteristics as Sunday’s in Washington and the result was the same – a bad loss.

If you’re a Nets’ fan and you’re looking for anything to hold on to - by now you probably should have given up on postseason hopes – they showed much more spirit and fight in their 102-98 loss to the Pacers.

The bottom line, though, is it was a loss – another one. The streak is up to four, following a five-game winning streak that appeared to be the turning-the-corner moment. But coach Avery Johnson was right in saying at the time, “we are approaching the corner.”

Now the only thing the Nets are approaching is the finish line.

They are eight games out of the playoffs with