The Brooklyn Nets had just enough left in the tank to hold off the Toronto Raptors. The Nets snapped their five game losing streak by winning the kind of games they have been losing so far this season.
With injured starters still recovering, the bench had to step up and carry the Nets to victory. Andray Blatche, who I still feel should start in Kevin Garnett’s place, had a fantastic game. When he is as focused as he was last night, he reminds you of Garnett 5-6 seasons ago. He has a nice mid-range game, is able to take defenders off the dribble and is a pretty good finisher at the rim. He just needs to improve his defense and rebounding more.
Joe Johnson continues to score the ball more like the old Joe, but can he keep this up until the All-Star duo returns? He still moves in slow motion, but he always seems to be able to get to his spot. He was struggling with his shot earlier in the season and now everything seems to be falling, which should open up better look for the post players.
Paul Pierce was his usually consistent self on the court, but he also showcased a defensive side we haven’t seen this season. He was drawing charges and hustling for loose balls whenever the opportunity arose, which seemed to spark his teammates to do so as well.
The whole team played with more energy and a little more swagger than they have in the past few games. They started to tail off towards the end when the Raptors made their run, but they held together as a unit and pulled off the victory. Jason Kidd may have been sweating bullets in the final seconds, but he can breath easy now after Johnson and Blatche saved his job for at least one more game.