April 16th, 2014
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Post Game Recap
Final Score: Nets 85 Cavaliers 114
The Brooklyn Nets finished up their regular season with a blowout loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a tough start to the season starting (10-21) they finished (44-38), which landed them the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and a first round match-up with the Atlantic Division winning Toronto Raptors.
Player of the Game: Andray Blatche
Jason Kidd elected to rest his starting lineup leaving his bench players to play nearly the whole game with just a seven-man rotation. Andray Blatche in the extended time was able to snag a double-double in the blowout in 39 minutes of play. Blatche finished with 20 points on eight for 18 shooting to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. It will be interesting to see how much Blatche will be playing in the playoffs with the emergence of Mason Plumlee and the return of Kevin Garnett.
The biggest positive of the game for Brooklyn wasn’t anything that happened from a player on the court, but the way things worked out for them in the standings. The Nets loss and the Washington Wizards win the Nets got the sixth seed, and with the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls both losing, it sets up a first round match-up against the Raptors. The Nets didn’t seem to want any part of the Bulls, and for good reason, so now they get a much better match-up against the young inexperienced Raptors.
Brooklyn seems to be healthy going into the playoffs, but although they will be rested and ready, they are also not heading into the playoffs playing their best basketball, as they have lost four of their last five games, all to teams under .500. The Nets are a veteran group so being healthy is the most important, but it will be interesting to see if their poor play of late will carry into the first round.
Actually on the court for the Nets, they were totally dominated by the Cavaliers in almost every aspect of the game. Off the bench the Cavaliers got a big game from Tyler Zeller, who scored a game-high 22 points on nine for 11 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Zeller wasn’t the only big man on the team to have a double-double, as Tristan Thompson scored 11 points on five for nine shooting with 10 rebounds.
Dion Waiters came through with yet another good game against the Nets, as he scored 19 points on seven for 12 shooting. In four games this season Waiters has played well this season against Brooklyn, as he finished averaging 19 points per game on 45% shooting from the field.
Next up for the Nets will be Game 1 of their playoff series against the Raptors on Saturday at 1230.