With the conclusion of the NBA all-star game on Sunday night in New Orleans, all-star weekend is now over with the stretch run of the season approaching. But first, let’s look back at how the Brooklyn Nets did in the all-star weekend. Nets players participated in three events; Mason Plumlee played in the Rising Stars Challenge (rookie-sophomore game), and Joe Johnson participated in the 3-point contest as well as the all-star game itself.
Plumlee was the highlight of the weekend for Nets fans, scoring 20 points in under 19 minutes for Team Webber. Despite playing the second fewest minutes of anybody on the team, he scored the second most points. Plumlee also had 7 rebounds, 4 steals, and a block. He even had a couple of nice plays against his older brother, who has been starting at center for the Phoenix Suns this year. Miles Plumlee only scored 4 points in the game.
The next Net participant in the weekend did not do nearly as well. Joe Johnson finished with a score of just 11 in the 3-point contest, the lowest of all the participants. Joe did not come close to finishing his final rack of balls and moved very slowly throughout the competition. He did not seem to interested in winning it. Marco Belinelli of the Spurs eventually won. Although Johnson has a knack for knocking down big shots, the 3-point contest was not his forte. I would have much preferred to see Mirza Teletovic in the contest, but he likely didn’t receive an invite because he is not nearly as well known.
Joe also played in the NBA all-star game Sunday night. It was his 7th appearance in the big game, more than many people would expect. Joe did not start and came in at the very end of the first quarter and played for a good amount of time in the second and third quarters. His 3-point shot was again not falling in the all-star game as he shot just 1-6 from beyond the arc and 2-7 overall. He finished with 5 points after hitting a 3 in the third quarter. Towards the end of the game, the east began pulling away. I wonder if coach Frank Vogel of the Pacers would have put Johnson back into the game if it was a one-possession game late because of his ability to hit important shots late in games. Joe was obviously one of the older players in the game and wasn’t going out there trying to break any records. He preferred to just sit back and watch the younger players play for most of the game, which is fine. The Nets don’t need any more wear on his body.
Now it is time for the Brooklyn Nets to focus back on basketball. The team will return from its vacation and they will be in Utah on Wednesday night to begin the longest road trip of their season, 7 games. Although their season won’t be decided in February, this stretch will be vital to where they will be seeded for the playoffs.