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Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:12 am
Posted by Royce Young

Unlucky for Deron Williams and the Nets that their first game together had to come against the NBA's best team. That can tend to make things tougher.

Williams wasn't bad but wasn't his normal stellar self either in the Nets 106-96 loss the Spurs Friday night. Williams played 41 minutes scoring 14 points on just 5-13 shooting, but he did distribute the ball well to his new teammates dishing out 12 assists.

The Nets were clearly going to be in a state od disarray offensively as the team tried to fit in around Williams. Coach Avery Johnson said before the game they'd have to "wing it" in the first game with Williams. And for a half, it was working. The Nets were hanging tight, actually holding a 54-53 lead at the break.

Where it caught up to them finally was in the third quarter where the veteran Spurs made adjustments to the Nets "wing it" offense and locked down New Jersey. The Spurs took the third 35-18 and pretty much had the game in hand from there on out.

But Williams' impact was unmistakable. He gave the Nets a bit of a new life offensively with his ability to create for himself or dish to an open shooter. Anthony Morrow was on the receiving end of a number of Williams' gifts, going 7-11 from the field for 25 points. The team was obviously better because, you know, they had maybe the best point guard in the league making plays for them. That tends to help.

Williams has walked into a situation much different that the other stars that have moved around. He's gone from a playoff contending team to a team potentially contending for the worst record. It's quite a switch. But on top of that, he doesn't have the luxury of joining up with another All-Star on the roster. In Utah, he had some really good players around him. In New Jersey, he has Brook Lopez and 13 other role players.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Nets are better right now. We're all going to forget how good Deron Williams is over these final two months of the season as he toils away on a horrible Nets team. As Derrick Rose carries the Bulls into the postseason, as Chris Paul makes incredible plays for teammates, Rajon Rondo piles up assists and Russell Westbrook scintilates through the air, we're going to forget just how terrific Williams is. It happens when a player like him ends up on a team that's stuck in motion.

The Nets have a long way to go not just in improving the roster and getting into playoff contending status, but also in terms of convincing Williams the Nets franchise is a worthy place to be. Getting him was a huge coup. Keeping him will be an even bigger one.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:54 pm

Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

Deron Williams gonna need some time to get acclimated with the Nets' . The two-time All-Star struggled mightily in the first quarter, going 0-for-4 from the floor with a pair of turnovers.i'm sure he's not to happy to be traded to the nets,but do see him building some chemistry with lopez.too many role player's on this team ,.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:40 pm

Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

Winging it? What game are you commenting on? Your post makes zero sense. Try again. 

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:05 pm

Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

I just can't see Deron Williams thriving under a coach like Avery Johnson. If he couldn't get along with someone like Sloan, he should have major problems with Avery.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:12 am

Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

Obviously as a Net fan you wanted his first game to be a win, but all in all, game one went pretty well. The Nets made several runs, being down four late in the third quarter and getting within seven with about three minutes to go before the Spurs put it away. Jury is still a long way from coming in on how good Deron will make this team.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:03 am

NBA is a joke

If a team that is "winging it" can hang with the best team in the sport why do they need coaches?  Would that work in any other sport.  I thought there was a lot more strategy and coordination among the team in basketball.  I can't imagine this working in High School or NCAA basketball.

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