A different, yet not unexpected starting lineup was used tonight. Given the size and offensive force on the front line of Detriot, Eddie House would not have been a good fit. Enter Mikki Moore in place of the injured Nenad Krstic. The has been due to Mikki given the solid numbers has put up since Cliff Robinson went out four weeks ago with a knee injury.
Q1: Except for minutes 9 – 10, the Pistons had their way with the Nets (just like the Bucks the previous game). The Nets found them self trailing 31-20 and not doing anything to get give the fans hope.
Q2: Encouraging signs as one good defensive stand followed another. Adams, Boone and Moore fought for every loose ball and created a number of second opportunites.
Q3: Defensive flow continued plus, now, Vince Carter starts to get it going. A couple of drives, a couple of assists, and the Nets are back in the game. Doesn’t take much to get me on the edge of my seat again. The Nets build the lead to 7 as the fourth quarter starts. The problem though is that Jefferson, Carter, and Kidd all need a blow.
Q4: I knew it was going to be tough against Detroit in the fourth and wondered if the good flow from Q2 would continue. The Nets were in the game until the last seconds and and if not for a very questionable non-call on the last drive (and a couple of poor calls a few minutes earlier), this would have been the Nets night.
Overall: First game in a while where I saw signs of improvement and hope that it will continue tomorrow night against the Yao-less rockets.
Player Reviews and Observations:
|Jason Kidd||B+||Excellent game overall; Forced the Nets to push the ball quickly in the second half of the game and it made a huge difference in how Detroit set up ther defense; First time in a while, his 9 rebounds did not lead the Nets; expect to see his minutes increase as Lawrence shortens the bench in hopes of establishing a defensive identify|
|Richard Jefferson||B+||Good defensive effort on Tyshaun Prince; Solid numbers; Anyone else this he is holding back because of his ankle?|
|Vince Carter||B-||As Vince went so did this game … miserable shooting and defense early first half; turned it up mid-way throught the second.|
|Jason Collins||B||Another very good defensive game; had some lift on dunks in the first half; finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds; almost if if Hassan and Boone’s enrgy us infectious.|
|Mikki Moore||B-||Some key free flows; just doing what Mikki does best … energtic, good hands …. having fun out there.|
|Josh Boone||B||The source of HOPE for the Nets in the coming months. Seems to have his hands on or near many rebounds.|