New Jersey Nets
It was a weekend of dominance for the New York Mets. Yes, dominance.
J.R. Smith sat at a light wooden locker, unadorned by anything other than his bookbag, in the visitors' locker room of the Prudential Center in Newark following New York's 104-95 win over the soon-to-be ex-New Jersey Nets.
"The most important thing is that we got the win," Smith said, chuckling about his team's uneven performance. "It kind of had a funky little vibe to it. But we'll take it however we can get it."
The plan was a simple one: Do whatever it takes to bring Dwight Howard, also scheduled to be a free agent this summer, into the fold to pair with Williams. Howard, the eight-year veteran of the Orlando Magic, is the best center in the N.B.A., and his addition would immediately make the Nets into contenders.
That nightmare scenario about what would happen to the Knicks's Jeremy Lin-inspired happy period when Carmelo Anthony returned from his groin injury came to pass in Monday night's 100-92 loss to the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony struggled to find his shot. Amar'e Stoudemire disappeared for long stretches. Jeremy Lin even shied away from directing the offense at times. And the rest of the Knicks struggled to find their roles.(2)
Much is said about the Knicks’ roster-related successes and failures, from their vain pursuit of LeBron James through the painstaking acquisition of the Big Three. Little is said about what the Nets do.
It’s not for want of drama. Like the Knicks, New Jersey implemented a no-going-back, scorched-earth rebuilding strategy after a miserable run on the court.