November 18, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Andray Blatche (0, center) drives to the basket between Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15, left) and power forward Jason Thompson (34, right) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Nets defeated the Kings 99-90. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Nets Defeat Kings: Positives and Negatives

Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 99-90. Here are some positives and negatives I saw in the Nets’ player performances tonight.

Positives
  • Andray Blatche was on fire tonight! He scored 22 points on 11-12 shooting, showing off his quick hands inside repeatedly. The Nets would have been lost without him in the first half.
  • C.J. Watson had a solid first half as well, knocking down three of his four three point attempts.
  • Stackhouse surprisingly lead the team in +/- with a +17, despite scoring 0 points.
  • Deron Williams made some very nice passes and finished with 10 assists, to go along with 14 points.
  • MarShon Brooks had 14 points on an efficient 5-6 shooting. Much of his damage came in the fourth quarter. He knocked down a dagger three towards the end of the game and had a few good floaters.
Negatives
  • The Nets were out-rebounded 42-33. In his 22 minutes of playing time, Reggie Evans only had 4 rebounds and in 28 minutes, Brook Lopez only had 5 rebounds. Humphries finished with 10.
  • Joe Johnson had another off night. He went 1-10 shooting and much of his 10 points came in garbage time. Many of his shots were short. He led the team in playing time, but was only a -4 in +/-.
  • Gerald Wallace had 4 turnovers and was otherwise ineffective in 24.5 minutes, having a team worst +/- of -11. This was his first game back after missing 6 straight games with an ankle injury, so he might need some time to get back up to speed on the Nets’ offense.
  • Brook Lopez did not do a good job defensively on DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with 29 points and 7 rebounds on 12-21 shooting. This did not surprise me as Lopez has struggled on the defensive end of the court most of the time this season.
  • As a team, the Nets were 5-17 from three point territory and missed a bunch of open shots from the corner.
Overall

This was a solid, though often boring and unimpressive win for the Nets. The Kings are not a very good team and it showed tonight. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez missed a lot of shots but the bench, led by Andray Blatche, was outstanding. Joe Johnson’s struggles are beginning to concern me and I hope he is able to find his shooting stroke on this road trip. The Nets’ starting unit will need to be better on Tuesday, when they play the Lakers at 10:30.

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