Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Joy of Six

You’re never going to believe this . . . but the Nets DO NOT want to play a Game 7 against the Pacers!

We’re treating this as news, because when there are a million different ways to ask the question about ending the series in Game 6 tonight and a million different ways to get a response, we should at least pretend the obvious answer means something.

We will give credit for Richard Jefferson for the freshest take on why the Nets have to win it in Game 6 tonight rather than risk a one-game showdown in NJ on Saturday.

Said RJ: “Because Jermaine O’Neal can get hot on a certain night and there’s no controlling what can happen there. It doesn’t matter. You don’t want to be put in a situation where you’ve done your work to get it to a Game 6 and a chance to close them out and then it goes to a Game 7, (because) all it takes is one person getting hot and all of a sudden you can’t do anything about it and you’re waiting for next year.”

Still, it has to be in the back of the Nets’ mind that this is not a must-win, even if they say it is. You don’t wonder about the ones who were here in 2004 and gave up a 3-2 series lead against Detroit. But you do wonder how far Lawrence Frank goes to impart the message.

“You put it in a light that you feel is appropriate,” he said this morning.

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Good stat relayed from our friend Bruce Beck today, who’s here for local NBC, but can be seen regularly on NBA TV. Vince’s 34-point, 15-rebound game in Game 5 was only the fourth time in NBA playoff history a guard finished with 30 and 15.

The others were Gervin (1982), Jordan (1989, 1991) and Kobe (2001).

For the record, RJ would like to contest the notion that Carter is actually a guard.

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Not much else going on at this morning’s shootaround. Kidd had his IPod with him, which prompted a query about his mentioning he sometimes listens to John Cougar Mellencamp, Indiana’s favorite musical son (post-Hoagy Carmichael, that is). Turns out Mellencamp’s “people” saw the story.

“They read that and sent me all of his CDs,” Kidd told us.

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Finally, a stat on Kidd we found interesting…but not before the required prefacing.

No, he has never been a lights-out shooter and he’s less relied upon to put points on the board now than ever before. Yes, he still is one of the best point guards in the game on both sides of the floor. And we still are believers that the Nets are nowhere without him.

Now that that’s out of the way, the guy is in a prolonged shooting slump. In his last 18 games dating back to March 26, both regular season and postseason, Kidd is shooting just .313 (55-for-176). Up until that point, he was shooting a much more respectable .418 (327-for-782).

Perhaps the law of averages swings back to Kidd if the Nets advance.

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Nothing definitive out of the Pacers yet regarding Jeff Foster and Prerag. Both are game-time decisions.

4 Comments:

Blogger bballfreak said...

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12:08 PM  
Blogger bballfreak said...

These guys are something else. I cant even imagine someone sending me free CDs.

Speaking of free CDs, Cream, Led Zeppelin and The Who are my top 3 favorite bands of all time. Hey Bob, can you publish that in you newspaper so I can take a shot at this service as well?

12:10 PM  
Blogger Bob Considine said...

Hi bballfreak,

Here's an idea...how about I publish what your favorite greenback is?

Maybe someone from the treasury will read it :-)

Bob

12:31 PM  
Blogger bballfreak said...

I like the way you think Bob.

3:34 PM  

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