Ok, be honest—who had “James Johnson scoring the winning points” for the Nets in their pool for Tuesday night’s 112-110 barnburner over their crosstown rival Knicks in front of a record crowd at Barclays Center? I’m not sure anyone would have placed a “James Johnson on the floor for the final offensive possession” prop bet. Yet there he was, popping open at the foul line to receive the outlet pass from double-teamed superstar Kevin Durant before pivoting into a drive to the rim, where he was fouled by Knicks center Mitchell Robinson with 2.2 seconds remaining. Johnson, who entered the contest sporting a horrific 30% free throw percentage, calmly hit both shots and when Knicks guard Evan Fournier missed a half-court desperation heave at the buzzer, the Nets (15-6) escaped with the victory.
I loved the Millsap signing but man does he look a step slow in every area. No reason for him to be getting minutes over Blake. Blake has indeed been atrocious from 3, but he impacts a game in other ways. I thought it was odd extending Paul last night and even odder Bruce only getting 13 minutes of action. For some reason, I'm still a believer in Carter, although I shouldn't be. But, no doubt, Thomas has earned the right to take his minutes