I honestly can’t even begin to comprehend what just happened.
Brooklyn opened up the game on a 22-2 run and the game was practically over before it started. Deron Williams looked like Gilbert Arenas on steroids in the first quarter, knocking down seven threes. The first quarter was embarrassing for Washington, to say the least. Washington threw everything besides the kitchen sink at Williams, but he kept knocking down threes with ease. Kobe Bryant’s three point record looked to be destroyed, as Deron Williams had hit nine three pointers in the first half. Honestly, I was a bit worried Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point performance was at risk of getting broken. It was that bad. Deron Williams scored 33 points at halftime. The Wizards? 33. I honestly can’t even blame Washington’s defense, because Williams was virtually unstoppable. Washington did a better job collapsing on Williams in the second half, forcing him to move away from the three point arc, but nothing worked as effectively as we would’ve hoped. Williams hit 11 of 16 three point attempts tonight, but if he shot a few more, I’m confident he would’ve demolished Kobe’s record. ‘D-Will’ finished with 42 points. Welp.
On top of Williams torching Washington, Reggie Evans grabbed 24 rebounds in 32 minutes of playing time. There was a sequence in which the Nets ran a isolation play for Evans in the post, which resulted into a nifty left hook. Evans, who is one of the worst offensive players in the league, looked like a formidable post player in tonight’s game. I mean, it was that kind of night for Washington. Absolutely everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong.
Despite going down big in the first half, Washington continued to fight and eventually “cut” the lead down to 13. John Wall looked aggressive, but didn’t knock down as many open jump shots as he should’ve. It’s important that Wall doesn’t lose confidence in a game like tonight, since he was big reason Washington didn’t get completely obliterated.
It’s tough to even ‘analyze’ or evaluate a game like tonight, since Brooklyn looked completely unstoppable. Deron Williams tied the NBA record for most three pointers in a half (9), but Washington continued to fight.
Washington will meet the struggling Charlotte Bobcats back at the Verizon Center tomorrow night. The Brooklyn Nets announcers stated that Bradley Beal is expected to be back in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game.
On to the next one.