Deron Williams 3 point shot might have just put the nail in the coffin. Wolves down by 10 with a minute left to play.
Game starting to get real physical as time winds down. Barea’s huge 3 pointer brings the game to within 5.
Whenever he’s in the game, Chris Johnson just seems to make an impact on it. He’s just running around doing crazy things. Granted, he has a lot of deficiencies, but his game would like good when he plays next to Love or Pek.
Barea getting the short end of the stick (pun definitely intended) from the refs. His usual quasi-flopping defense isn’t working tonight.
Brooklyn nailing some clutch jumpers to help them keep a cushion in front the Wolves. The poor rebounding isn’t helping either.
Minnesota: 62 Brooklyn: 68
Looks like Ricky Rubio may have injured his hand. Fortunately, looks like he just jammed it.
Joe Johnson getting everything to go his way with a couple beautiful jumpers. He’s still got that touch.
Ball movement is really starting to pick up for Minnesota. The strategy of forcing Brook Lopez to defend a pick and roll has got to get the Wolves drooling.
Good to see Derrick Williams starting to get chippy with Reggie Evans. He isn’t backing down to anyone.
Brooklyn: 53 Minnesota: 42
Not so bad considering the ridiculous difference of talent between the two teams. Hopefully, another comeback is in order for the Wolves.
Minnesota having problems rebounding after missed shots. Their rotations are fine for the most part, they just can’t beat the Nets when Brooklyn decides to go 1 vs. 1 with Lopez vs. Chris Johnson/Greg Stiemsma/Dante Cunningham
Chris Johnson is dunking virtually everything that he gets near the hoop. He’s not the strongest by any means, but his length and vertical really come into play around the hoop.
JJ Barea is absolutely demolishing Brooklyn’s defense. Unfortunately, Blatche is doing the same to Minnesota.
Once again, Chris Johnson and Mikael Gelable are making a huge impact on the game so far. Johnson’s length and soft touch are helping contest shots inside, while Gelable’s smoothness and size make it tough to stop him off the dribble.
Somehow, the Wolves are only down 7. Part of that can be credited to Dante Cunningham’s intensity carrying this team on the defensive end.
Joe Johnson might go for 50 with the way he is playing today. None of the guards have the size to stay with him when isolated.
Derrick Williams has had some noticeable problems finishing, but his dunk attempt gone wrong did have a lot of contact that wasn’t called.
This game has a very flat feeling to it. The scoring plays for both teams are really just where the defense fails to rotate over. No real ball movement either.
The half court offense is just too stagnant for generating movement. The only points have come off of fast breaks.
Wolves stumble out of the gate down 6-0. Not a very good start.
Joe Johnson should be able to push around whoever is guarding him, whether it be Rubio, Barea or Ridnour.
Wolves fans will fondly remember the last time these two teams played, Minnesota mounted a huge comeback to upset the heavily favored Nets. Unfortunately, it most likely won’t be that way today.