They were up 20+ with about 6 min to go in the 3rd quarter and now the Nets have fight back to tie the game up at 101 with 3 min to go in the game
Horrible pass by Andray Blatche potentially cost the Nets this game...
I swear I almost had a heart attack.
Kyle Lowry has HEART. He carried that team in the end on both offense and defense. Not too much people give him credit honestly he needs to be in consideration for an All-NBA team. I also believe he is 2nd Team All-Defense
I'm placing a lot of the blame for the near meltdown on Dwayne Casey. His fascination with riding Amir Johnson has got to stop. Amir nearly cost the raptors the game a number of times with bonehead plays on both ends. Including, I think, 3 4-point plays.
Casey finally decided to get Amir out of the game with five minutes left to go but instead of going with JV who was abusing the Nets front line again to the tune of 16 and 6 at this point we go with an undersized, offensively challenged Chuck Hayes.
JV played 24 minutes had 16 and 6 with 1 turnover and a +/- of +10.
Amir played 32 minutes had 11 points and 6 rebounds with 4 turnovers and a +/- of -14.
Amir is suited to be a high energy guy off the pine, for Raptor fans and brass I would be encouraging Amir to emulate JYD. He was the ultimate hustle hard work hard nosed guy. This is what Amir could be. What he's trying to be is a makeshift odd ball stretch four with little to no ability to shoot it.
John Salmons is another curious case, was benched in favor of Landry Fields in one of the earlier games and Fieds flourished, providing energy and some defensive presence to slow Joe Johnson and Pierce. Yet we havent seen Fields since.... and Joe Johnson destroyed the Raps yesterday.
Curious to see how the series plays out.
If Toronto had lost that game they were probably not going to recover, in the play offs I often side with experience but now I feel that Toronto may have the edge.