The Brooklyn Nets finally met a team with injury issues as bad as their own.
The Memphis Grizzlies was without their dynamic frontcourt in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who were both out due to injuries. The Nets took advantage of their misfortunes and earned a hard-fought and much-needed victory on Saturday night.
Brook Lopez continues to pick up right where he left off before the injury derailed both his and the Nets’ season. Joe Johnson broke out of his mini-slump with 26 points, and Andray Blatche continued his campaign for a starting position with another strong game off the bench.
Mirza Teletovic has shown that he can be productive when given the chance to prove his worth with the second unit. With Shaun Livingston still going through his week-long struggle Tyshawn Taylor is trying to take advantage of the opportunity to clip away at some of Livingston’s minutes.
It’s impossible to talk about a Nets game and not mention injuries. Along with the usual suspects, there was another player that was resting a injury: Paul Pierce. At some point, this team will get healthy and quite possibly reach their full potential, and us fans will have a reason to believe again.
A win is a win no matter who the team is and what issues they are going through. The Nets have been battling injuries all season, and none of the teams that beat them are sorry for doing it. This Memphis game was a true testament of what this team could do on any given night. The players had to feel like their season was slipping away, but every win counts and hopefully this victory will help build some momentum towards a brighter future.