Saturday, April 29, 2006

Nets 97, Pacers 88

Now was that so difficult?

Actually and seriously, if the Nets do go on a long post-season run – and by that we mean to the conference finals – this will probably be looked at the game as the springboard.

Give credit to Carter. He had three huge baskets down the stretch as the Pacers closed the gap. But you knew he had it in him. Krstic’s growth is just fun to watch. He went 10-for-16. Of course, many of them are wide-open looks. But Richard Jefferson said you can’t underscore him for that. When he’s on, the Nets have two go-to guys down the stretch and two others you can’t forget about (RJ and Kidd).

“Outside of Dirk, I think he’s best shooting big man in this league,” Jefferson said of Krstic. “I don’t think there’s any big that shoots the ball as well as him consistently every single night. He’s really making his mark.”

High praise, indeed.

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The Pacers, like most teams, are really hamstrung to defend the Nets’ pick and roll when Krstic is going. It all starts with Carter and the double teams he demands when he drives. Then you have RJ and Kidd to consider. Krstic is seemingly all alone on an island.

“I’m always surprised anytime he gets an open shots,” Jefferson said. “But sometimes you’ve got to pick your poison. We had Vince rolling or Vince driving the ball. It’s tough to guard him one-on-one, let alone on a pick-and-roll.”
“Vince puts so much pressure on you and Indiana collapses,” Kidd added. “They want you to beat them from the outside and Curly is shooting the ball so well, with confidence. But Vince is making all the right plays too. It shows in his assists. He draws so much attention, but he understands how to play the game. He makes the game easy.”

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From the you-can’t-make-this-up-department: A female Pacers fan (probably in her 30’s) refused to sit down early in the fourth quarter. The fan sitting behind her complained to security. Security came (in the form of someone who looked a lot like Gheorghe Muresan). She still refused to sit down. More security came. She caved and finally sat down.

But she wept for the entire fourth quarter, like her teddy bear had been stolen.

Not very Hoosier like.

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Game 5, by the way, is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. NBA-TV has it nationally. MY-9, locally. WBBR 1130 AM, with the esteemed Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw, kickin' it on the mike, yo.

4 Comments:

Blogger bballfreak said...

Nenad Krstic has been just wonderful to watch like you said Bob. If Rod even entertains a thought about trading him and RJ for Garnett in the offseason, I would be pissed. Garnett is the most overrated "superstar" in the league and he will destroy the cap.

Consistent defensive effort from the Nets. They were a little lethargic in the 4th but they played an all around great game. If Carter plays like this we can take the Pistons to game 6.

Go Nets!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Greg J said...

yeah, Nenad is doing a tremendous job making the medium range jump shots. It's a pleasure to see him doing that.

For game 5 I'd like to see the same defensive intensity. All the slapping at the ball, blocking and relentless ball coverage wore Indiana down in game 4, and it worked!

What's the rationale behind the addition of John Thomas? His rebounding stats are unimpressive.

Greg

7:11 PM  
Blogger bballfreak said...

6 fouls on Shaq or if one of the bigs gets in foul trouble.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Bob Considine said...

Hi guys...

Greg, to answer your question . . . John Thomas was brought in with two games left at the end of the season, so the starters could rest.

But it turns out, they kept him for the playoffs ... most likely to have six more fouls against Shaquille O'Neal in the next series, should it pan out that way.

And somewhere Jeff McInnis sits and watches...

Thanks for writing!

Bob

12:55 PM  

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