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Game Notebook 81, Wizards at Nets: Pride Came, Luckily A Fall Didn’t

Wizards 120
Nets 111

April 11, 2016 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

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When the playoffs are no longer part of your future plans yet there is still a league mandate to finish out the remaining regular season games, teams and players resort to personal pride as the driving force to compete.

Pride. Defined as the consciousness of one’s own dignity. Mainiting self-respect. Remaining proud of oneself even in the face of ultimate failure. And while the pride of the Wizards drove them to a ridiculous 20-0 lead to start the game in Brooklyn last night, the depression of #SoWizards drove the Nets to overcome those 20 points they spotted them, as they rallied back to trail by just 6 at the end of the 1st quarter, then by 1 at halftime, before eventually taking the lead in the 3rd quarter.

But let’s talk about that opening session of the game. The Nets looked terrible, missing their first eight shots and armoring the Wizards with rebounds and fast break opportunities. The Wizards were able to take advantage of the Nets’ misses by converting them into their own makes, going 9-for-9 from the field. A spin move and layup by Marcin Gortat over Chris McCullough (Google him) capped the Wizards’ 20-0 start and sent the Nets reeling into a timeout.

Things would gradually improve for Brooklyn thereafter. Three consecutive Wizards turnovers jump-started the Nets and put them on an 8-0 run. The Nets also drew a ton of fouls, going 10-for-10 from the line which helped them draw to within six by the end of the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter was just a circus of terrible defense. The Nets outscored the Wizards 41-36 the period alone and would have led at the break had it not been for Kelly Oubre’s fantastic buzzer beater:

After a back and forth 3rd quarter, the Nets finally reverted back to their normal state of shittiness in the 4th, shooting just 30% from the field, missing 9 of 10 three-point attempts and all five of their free throws. The Wizards held the Nets to just 13 points, wrapping up a 120-113 win to inch closer to .500.


The Game’s Top Performer

Kelly Oubre – 14 points, 6-10 FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Quite frankly, that was the tweet of the night. Kelly Oubre could be a beast if you just let him start developing into one. In this rookie season, Oubre’s minutes have simply been atrocious. He’s averaged 10 minutes per game for the season, driven by the 4.2 minutes per game he averaged during February and March. It’s inexplicable, really. Last night in Brooklyn, in just under 29 minutes of burn Oubre shot 60% from the field, was active on the glass for 6 boards, all the while generating more comfort on the floor. I can’t wait to see more of him next season, with an even more improved John Wall, and under new leadership.


A forgettable night for..

A sad, unsuccessful free throw heckler from Brooklyn

This poor ex-Knicks fan was at it all second half with the Wizards free throw shooters. It’s just too bad for her the Wizards went 13-14 from the line against her terrible attempts at spooking them.


Notables:

Ramon Sessions and Marcus Thornton the NBA’s new top backcourt?

HA! Sike. Although it is pretty remarkable that with Wall and Beal out, the tandem of Sessions and Thornton was able to lead the Wizards on that high-octane run to start the game. The two combined to score 15 of the Wizards 34 points in the 1st quarter. Sessions finished with 21 and 12 assists, while Thornton neared a double-double with 19 points and 8 rebounds. All this has no real meaning or value, nor does it have an inherent impact on the team nor its future. But thanks for reading.

Alan Anderson revenge game… In his first game against his former team, Anderson shot just 2-for-8 for 4 points. He would have probably been better off outclassing the Nets with one of his fancy blazers instead.

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