NJN@POR 11.21.07

Nets Steal One

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

Nets 106, Portland 101

Portland, OR, Nov. 21 — The Nets caught a break last night in Portland. They came away with an enjoyable 106-101 victory against the rookie-laden Trailblazers that included a little bit of everything. They are \’not out of the woods\’ by any stretch with Seattle and Los Angeles on the horizon, but at least the win snapped the terrible six-game tailspin the Nets were mired in. I was afraid the Nets would need to call in Dr. Phil before it was all over.

There was the drama of Vince Carter, the sorely-missed messiah, who would come back from a severely sprained ankle to pour in 13 points off the bench in limited (27 minutes) action. He helped open it up for his comrades.

Like bees swarming to honey, Vince Carter drew enough attention to occupy defenders long enough for them to allow his teammates wide open looks at the basket. That helped his comrades-in-arms up their shooting percentages considerably. His presence helped to better space the floor. It served to inspire the troops.

Richard Jefferson had one of his best statistical games of the year leading all scorers yet again with 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to go with 11-of-14 from the line. This is All-star worthy. Don\’t think he was inspired?

None the less, it was the indomitable Jason Kidd that willed the Nets to victory this evening with his 90th triple-double of his career. It was a robust 12 points, 13 assists and eleven rebounds that included a \’trick play\’ with Vince Carter. The play actually caught the rookie-Blazers napping [thinking about turkey]. Like the \’quarterback sneak\’ play in football, it seems that Coach Lawrence Frank called for a timeout with less than a minute to play. As Jason Kidd and Vince Carter seemingly obliged, instead, none was actually called! The young Blazers starting walking off the floor. Jason Kidd promptly drove to the basket for a layup, drawing a desperate foul in the process, to make it a three-point play.* [Maybe this fake timeout play is found somewhere in Coach Frank\’s playbook?]

All this accompanied Bostjan \”Boki\” Nachbar\’s coming out game of the year. Boki scored 23 points in twenty-six minutes off the bench. He warmed up quickly, like last year, to drop in 5-of-8 three pointers from range as he had an overall sterling game. It included four boards and a pair of steals to go with his scoring.

In a see-saw battle that saw fourteen lead changes, the balance of the team played well enough in support to … WIN … N … N! Honestly, did anyone stay up to watch this game on the tube?

Notes: The Nets cut down on turnovers dramatically. 14 miscues were less than POR\’s 15. [Eat your turkey!]

The Nets actually shot over 50% for the game (although so did POR). Of note, the Nets made half of their three pointers: 13-out-of-26! [Eat your turkey!]

Thanks for reading and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2007 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

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