New Jersey Nets Get Late Win Over Memphis Grizzlies, but Must Start Better

January 26th, 2011 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets certainly understand that it's not how you start, it's how you finish, and that a win is a win no matter how you get it, which is a good thing.

After being severely outplayed by Memphis in the first quarter—a period in which they were doubled up, 32-16—the Nets turned on the intensity for the rest of the game.

In the second through fourth quarters, New Jersey outscored the Grizzlies 77-56, winning by a final score of 93-88.

While it's undoubtedly a very good sign that they did not simply pack it in and give up after a rough opening frame as they have at different points in the season, this team needs to come out with the kind of energy we saw in the second, third and especially fourth quarters.

The Nets scored 33 points in the fourth while holding Memphis to 22. They were aggressive on offense and contested every shot on defense.

If only they could have done that to start the contest.

In the end, all that matters is the win, but this is precisely what turns people off from  professional basketball. There is a large perception that the pros don't exactly give it their all eve ...

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