The first week of the NBA season has been like a mirage, nothing is as it seems. It’s like the league was flipped upside down with all the bad teams playing well and the good teams playing badly. The Magic have a few players that are legit NBA ballers, but their talent level cannot and should not be able to match the Nets. One thing has to happen in order for you to beat the Nets — they have to beat themselves. The Magic were in the right place at the right time for this victory.
I don’t know how much pain Deron Williams is in, but he is hurting the team and needs to have a seat until he is healthy. This was anther subpar game from the floor leader and this can’t continue if they want to be successful. When your best player is shooting 4-12, scoring only nine points and dishing out seven assist in 27 minutes, you are not winning in this league.
Is Kevin Garnett still on vacation because his game has not shown up to an arena since the season started? Paul Pierce has a chip on his shoulder after being forced out of Boston and he is determined to take it out on every team this year. Pierce shot 6-11, scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes.
Joe Johnson has not found his shooting rhythm or his dribbling rhythm, and I’m shocked he still finds his way to the arena. What he is doing this season is highway robbery, stealing the Nets’ money for player introductions and nothing else.
The lone bright spot this season has been the scoring and defense of Brook Lopez. He scored 21 points on 8-11 shooting, added five block shots in 33 minutes. My only knock on Lopez so far this season has been way his inability to grab rebounds. The Magic crushed the Nets on the glass, 54-42. Explain to me how players such as Andrew Nicholson, Nikola Vucevic and Maruice Harkless could out-hustle Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans.
One night the defense is stellar, the next night out they are playing the game like it’s an “And 1″ exhibition. You have to protect the paint by any means necessary in this league. There is no way any team should have a layup drill at your expense. The Magic scored 46 points in the paint because the Nets are too scared to knock somebody on their butts.
This is the NBA, a grown man’s game, and no one should be allowed to walk in your house 46 times without you doing something about it. The shooting woes continue as the Nets shot an abysmal 23 percent on 3-pointers. I know it’s still early and they will work the kinks out as the season progresses. But, the Nets are in trouble right now and if they can’t figure out how to shoot or play defense, bottom-feeders like the Magic will actually believe they have a shot at the title.