Nets Are Heating Up, Win Four Out of Five Games at the Prudential Center

Ian SherwinContributor IJanuary 27, 2011

Nets' coach Avery Johnson.
Nets' coach Avery Johnson.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

With last night's win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Nets have improved to 11-11 at home, and have won four of their last five games.

This hot streak started when Mikhail Prokhorov announced that the team was no longer in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, or as Mr. Prokhorov called him, "Carmella Anthony."

The players kept stating that the looming trade rumors were not affecting their dismal play. Miraculously, after Prokhorov's announcement, however, the Nets have been one of the hottest teams in basketball.

Yes, I know they have been playing subpar teams, but still, if these games were played just one week earlier, who knows what the outcome would have been.

Last night, the Nets did something that they are not known for: They came out and played their guts out in the second half. Usually, they look slow and lethargic during second halves and then make big runs at the end of fourth quarters, where their deficits are usually too difficult to overcome.

The Nets gave up a typical and disheartening 53 first half points, but then amazingly held Randolph, Gay, Mayo and the rest of the Memphis squad to just 35 points during the last two quarters of the game. 

For Memphis, Rudy gave finished with 22 points and six rebounds. Zach Randolph dropped 20 on the Nets, but managed to snag 16 rebounds.

For the Nets, it was an all around good night for the team. Devin Harris scored 13 points and dished nine assists.

Kris Humphries netted 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Brook Lopez scored 17 points and the newly accustomed and anemic four rebounds, which is still woeful for a 7'+ Center in the NBA. 

The player who I think is improving vastly, especially now that the trade rumors have subsided, is Derrick Favors.

He only scored two points, but had nine rebounds and two blocked shots in only 20 minutes of play. His defensive ability is there, but his offensive skills are still lacking. This kid needs a Patrick Ewing, David Robinson or Hakeem like tutor. 

The Nets have two back-to-back games against the Pacers and Bucks this weekend. Both games are very winnable.

If the Nets can string some wins together, they will have won six out of seven and for a team that only won 12 games last year, that's pretty darn impressive.


Ian is a contributor on Bleacher Report. Ian is also the cofounder of What's Good Blog and writes for the site daily.