‘Twas two nights before Christmas and at the Barclays
The Nuggets were playing two games in two days.
They traveled to Charlotte the evening before
And got smacked in the butt by the Hornets’ screen door.
The Nets beat Detroit just a few days ago
And that made the Pistons say “Josh Smith must go!”
KG was in his kerchief; Mirza in his cap (meaning they were ready…artistic license for the win)
But Lopez was just coming back from rehab.
Right out of the gate both teams ‘rose such a clatter,
No D being played; don’t know what was the matter.
Straight to the hoop went Plums with aplomb,
Pulled down those boards and threw down the dunks.
Like the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Brooklyn was relaxed and just went with the flow.
Even without Deron; on an injury vacation,
I’m really enjoying this eight-man rotation.
The Nets forced up tough shots, but forgot to box out,
So their rebounding numbers were something in doubt.
Lucky for them Denver’s D was on leave,
No doubt clouded by visions of a wild Christmas Eve.
With their fiesty old driver and his tested approach,
Brooklyn’s starting to get behind Lionel; their coach.
More rapid than before, these guys, they are playin’,
Hollins whistles and shouts as he calls them by name.
“Now Jarrett, now Johnson, now Bojan, and KG!
On Sergey, on Jerome, on Mirza, and Plumlee!
To the top of the key! Get up on that ball!
Now breakaway, breakaway, breakaway all!”
As leaves that before wild hurricane fly,
The Nets were out hustling and playing those guys.
And leading the charge was their very own Mason,
Blocks, boards, and putbacks were what he was chasin’.
We all hope that this winning will happen each day,
But we’re getting used to inconsistent play.
‘Tis the game and the season, where everything’s right,
So Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!
FULL BOX SCORE
Jarrett Jack: This was a very good “traditional point guard” performance from Jack. He stayed in the background for much of the game, but did what needed to be done. Jack finished with 17 quiet, but important points on only 13 shots, 8 assists, and only 3 turnovers. A
Joe Johnson: This is the kind of performance Nets fans like to see from Joe Johnson, where he plays within the team until they need him to stop playing within the team. When Brooklyn started their fourth quarter run, flames started appearing around Joe and they helped burn down the Nuggets chances at winning. Seeing a very efficient 11-19 for 27 points (4-5 from 3) next to Johnson’s name makes the victory all the sweeter. A+
Sergey Karasev: The Swiss Army Knife…eh, Russian Army Knife. Karasev played pretty good perimeter defense (although no one really defended much on either team) and chipped in with a bit of everything. 12 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, and 1 game-icing steal with no turnovers is going to keep him high up in this rotation. B+
Kevin Garnett: KG only saw the floor for 13 minutes and didn’t do much when he was out there. Not outstanding, but not bad either. C
Mason Plumlee: Oh, did Brook Lopez dress tonight? Oh, did he also get to play a little? Oh, might he return to the starting lineup? NOT ON MASON’S WATCH! Plumlee was hustling, cleaning up the garbage, and making it really hard to argue that Lopez should have that spot. He rebounded where no one else would and whipped the crowd into a frenzy that seemed impossible for most of the game. A++++++++
Bojan Bogdanovic: 13 minutes, 1 three-pointer made, 1 two-pointer made. Nothing else. Come on Bojan, be better. D+
Mirza Teletovic: 16 mintes, 1 three-pointer made, 1 two-pointer made. 3 rebounds. Better than Bojan…I guess? D+
Brook Lopez: Only played 8 minutes in his first game in 18 days. Brook tired quickly and never quite managed to shake off the rust, but he was effective when he was out there with 6 points and 4 rebounds. Lots of people have been speculating, but if the Nets decide to bring Lopez off the bench he might destroy other backup big men. B
Darius Morris: Morris looked like he was going to get some decent minutes in this game, but Coach Hollins wisely chose to not mess with the lineup that stormed ahead in the fourth. As it was, the young point guard looked capable in his limited play. C
Cory Jefferson: Another limited minutes player that surprised me since the Nets were rebounding badly most of the game. Jefferson only got in for 7 minutes and was active, but just couldn’t get back out there. C
Alan Anderson: Anderson somehow got 26 minutes although I’m not sure why. His defense was average (which was actually good for this game), but he contributed little else. C
Brandon Davies: Two minutes….he played for 2 minutes. Why was he listed as active rather than…
Jerome Jordan: Poor Jerome. Poor, poor Jerome. Poor, poor, poor, poor, poor Jerome. Listed as inactive due to the reactivation of Brook Lopez, the young, exciting, rubber-armed center couldn’t play in a game where the Nets needed rebounding.
Lionel Hollins: Coach gets credit for eventually finding a lineup that worked and sticking it out. I’m personally knocking him though for making Jordan inactive because it’s my recap and I’m allowed to do that. B
Next: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics on Friday, December 26th.