For the first time in a year, the New Jersey Nets won a game in which I was attending. The Nets have been playing atrociously, and very few fans have been showing up to games.
I decided to check Stub Hub two days ago to see if I could find some affordable tickets for the Bulls-Nets matchup. As expected, I found dirt cheap tickets for $4 a piece. I grabbed five of them, brought my friends, girlfriend and father along to The Rock. Little did I know I was in for a great game.
On our way to Newark, we heard on 660 (WFAN) that Derrick Favors would be making his first NBA start...finally. Favors has seemed raw, unfinished and shown his age. He appears to be lost on offense. I've never seen a 7-footer miss more dunks in my life.
The time had come to give Favors a chance and to show everyone what he's made of, especially since the Nets are still trying to use him as trade-bait to attract Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets. It was unfortunate, however, that Favors' opportunity had to come at the expense of Kris Humphries, who has been playing outstanding as of late.
Favors played only two or three minutes before he was taken out. He had made an awesome, awe-inspiring alley-oop dunk, but I guess Coach Johnson had seen enough. Favors saw limited action for the rest of the game like usual, mainly due to a large amount of irresponsible and lazy early fouls. He did have a big play in the fourth quarter where he made a crucial free-throw. His game was largely forgettable otherwise.
The stars of the game had to be Devin Harris and Kris Humphries. Harris looked like the All-Star he was two years ago—blazing fast, agile and very aware of his court surroundings. He found Humphries many times throughout the game and had a grand total of 11 assists!
Humphries stepped it up as well. He played well about his abilities and dropped 20 points and 11 rebounds on the Bulls. He was so good that Chicago's Coach Thibodeau pulled Boozer at the end of the third quarter and did not play him for the entire fourth quarter. Humphries destroyed the Bulls.
The one Net who looked awful was Brook Lopez, yet again. The 7-footer has seemed to regress entirely this season. He has no post up moves, remaining slow, clunky and awkward even at his best moments.
When facing the basket, he swings the ball around in his hands in the air and is either stripped of the ball or forced to take an off balanced shot. Lopez still managed to score 14 points, but had a measly 3 rebounds—a figure unacceptable for a starting center in the NBA.
The Nets blew a 13-point lead last night but found a way to win. Hopefully, this win will start a trend for the Nets after securing their tenth win on the year.
The last scoring play of the game was a lob to Lopez from Harris, but Lopez couldn't execute. Luckily for the Nets, Sash Vujacic was there to seal the deal with five seconds left. The Nets finally caught a break, something they do not usually get.
Maybe this new found luck will lead to other things, maybe even Carmelo Anthony....