The Nets are showing the NBA what happens when you are able to place a healthy roster on the floor on a nightly basis. Marcus Thornton is happy to be playing for a team that actually has a legitimate shot at making the postseason. Joe Johnson broke out of his shooting slump and the team survived another contest without their defensive anchor Kevin Garnett.
The Grizzlies were having an out of body offensive experience over their last few games, but nothing went right for them against the Nets Wednesday night. Zach Randolph took the night off and Marc Gasol felt the pain of having to defend the paint alone. The perimeter defense was a no show as the Nets suddenly found their shooting stroke.
The Nets’ defense has been up ad down all season, but in the third quarter, they played possibly their best basketball of the year. They held the inept Grizzlies attack to only 16 points while scoring 33 points of their own. Mason Plumlee continues to campaign for more minutes with another stellar game in the absence of Garnett. Deron Williams is showing flashes of his All-Star ability, while Paul Pierce continues to be a stat-sheet filler.
The Grizzlies are a veteran team and understand that you have night like this where nothing goes your way. They will now have to look each other in the eye and figure what went wrong. The Nets are making a statement to the rest of the league that their early season troubles are behind them, and they are determined to make trouble for everyone else.