I just moved to New Jersey a couple of weeks ago and am glad that I made it out here before the Blazers came to town! I had a pair of tickets right behind the basket (perfect seats to witness the Bayless Jam) and had a great time. I'm just bummed out that I forgot to bring my Sergio jersey -- obviously the reason he had a lackluster game.
Coming out of the gate, both teams were playing pretty lackidasically. You could tell that it was the second night of a back to back for both teams. Neither team was really playing D, and the Blazers were really missing Blake. But when it came time to put their cards on the table, the Nets struck first putting us in a pretty deep hole. Nate was trying a bunch of weird lineups and it wasn't really working. NOBODY could guard Devin Harris. That guy is a straight up BALLER. Vince Carter, on the other hand, took the night off. Fortunately for the Nets, Bobby Simmons had a great game out of nowhere.
Roy tried to keep us in it all by himself for most of the game, but we really made our run when Bayless and Outlaw started to step up. Travis had a couple of big 3s from the corners and Bayless ... well, enough has probably been said already. Roy and Bayless are going to be a GREAT backcourt tandem for us for many years, let's just say that.
The Nets arena experience was pretty disappointing -- nothing like a Blazers or Golden State home game, which are other arenas I've seen. Half empty, pretty dead crowd ... lots of kids having fun at least. But I'm glad to be able to head home with a win -- and get my picture here on the B-Edge (someone is taking pictures on this road trip? Look for me and my pal Marty with the Spanish flag around here somewhere ...)
I really felt like we needed this one. Nate really got the team going when we needed to step it up, so I hope he gets some credit for this W. He is much, much taller than Lawrence Frank.
That is all. Go Blazers!