Series Tied 2-2
I - BKN 94; TOR 87
II - TOR 100; BKN 95
III - BKN 102; TOR 98
IV - TOR 87; BKN 79
V - WEDNESDAY
North of the Border
BROOKLYN NETS: Dean Wormer Isn't F***ing Around Guys. Deron Williams Is Now On Double Secret Probation.
I'm sure someone in Brooklyn appreciates how Deron Williams caught Kyle Lowry with an open-handed slap to the face - by accident of course. Maybe Deron can audition for a part if The Lords of Flatbush revival ever hits Broadway. But, right now, the Hoops of Flatbush need buckets, and they need them from their point guard Williams.
The Raptors covered Joe Johnson like a blanket last game. Johnson was doubled, and triple teamed at times. What does that mean? Who brought the help on defense, and from where? And as a result, who was the open man? And, considering Kyle Lowry played Game Four with a bothersome knee, I'll ask kindly, where the hell was Deron Williams in Game Four?
He scored 10 points and had 6 assists in 37 minutes. He was 4/12 from the field, 0/5 from beyond the arch, and with only two buckets in three attempts, he clearly didn't do enough to get to the free throw line. He additionally turned the ball over 5 times, and played with 5 personal fouls that caused him to play cautiously. Regardless, to date it was perhaps the most inconsequential games he's played as a Net. Mind you, this came on his home court, and not to mention this is the playoffs.
This less about the Nets stopping DeMar DeRozan, than it is getting Deron Williams to lead the Nets. He gets off to good starts, but so far has not finished well. He appears content to defer to Pierce, and Joe Johnson, which is unfortunate, because as the point guard of this team, he is supposed to be the creator, the facilitator, and a decisive factor in crunch time. Instead, a ponderous performance in Game Four leaves one with little choice but to be highly skeptical.