The 5 game losing streak is no more. The Nets got revenge on the Cavaliers from last night, with a win tonight 95-87. Devin Harris put the team on his back, scoring 31 points and 9 dimes. Kris Humphries stunned, pretty much everybody, with 13 points and 18 rebounds. The combination of Harris and Humphries proved too much for the Cavs tonight, which again had a great contribution from their bench, 42 points. Anthony Morrow with his 5 for 8 shooting from deep, along with 21 points greatly contributed to the first Nets’ road win of the season.
This wasn’t a must win game, but it was huge psychologically to get a nice road and payback a team that beat you the night before. As good as Harris was, and he was very good, Humphries gets the game ball here. Not only did he have to make up for Troy Murphy’s absence but the lack of production that Brook Lopez gave them tonight. Murphy missed the game due to a bad foot, and do-it-all swingman Terrence Williams missed his second consecutive game. Even with the two injuries, Kris Humphries was there to take care of business. If he keeps this up, he might start getting people in North Jersey to do the Humpty Dance again. I think it is time for Digital Underground to make a comeback anyway, so what perfect synergy.
One negative aspect that came out of this win was Brook Lopez. This is another game where he failed to play well, which at some point changes from failing to play well into being surprised when he actually puts up big numbers. I won’t go that far yet. Avery Johnson did, however, look very unpleased with him throughout the game and only played him 19 minutes. There could be an Avery-Brook beef on the horizon, so that might be something to look out for. That would put the Nets in a precarious situation. Their brand new, well respected coach, and their most coveted talent, clashing on a daily basis. It worked for Iverson and Larry Brown, however Avery Johnson is certainly no Larry Brown, and Brook Lopez is definitely no AI. For now, the Nets should give the ball to Harris and let him create with Humphries.
(If the whole Lopez situation turns out badly, then the Nets could trade him for Hickson, then add the bobcats to give them Gerald Henderson, to go along with Harris and Humphries. We could give them a nickname like the 4-H club, but for now long live Harris and THE HUMP.)
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.