Brooklyn Nets: Gerald Wallace

Notes: Ross rips Nets, Morey smug on trade

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
Toronto Raptors swingman Terrence Ross said in a recent reddit chat last week that he personally wants to face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs.

If the season ended Wednesday, Ross would get his wish as part of a 4-5 matchup between the Atlantic Division foes.

So what does Andray Blatche think about that?

“S---, you better be careful what tree you bark up. He better be careful,” Blatche said when asked by the New York Daily News. “He’s probably just saying that because he had a good game against us. But I don’t think that’s really what he meant or what he really, really wants.”

Ross had 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting in Toronto’s 101-97 loss in Brooklyn on March 10.

Ross also said that the best screen-setter is Kevin Garnett “because he sets illegal screens but never gets caught.”

Ross isn’t the first person to say that about Garnett, though.

This is interesting:

Lillard has since become arguably the best young point guard in the league, while Gerald Wallace didn’t last too long in Brooklyn after getting a big payday, and, for all the leadership he provides, his basketball skills have diminished significantly.

At the time, we wrote that the Wallace trade was a risky move.

Like what Blatche said? Agree with More? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

Upgrade for Nets? Stats tell the story

June, 28, 2013

ESPN Stats & Information put together great nuggets on the Nets-Celtics blockbuster:

How's this for an upgrade? Last season, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans averaged a combined 10.9 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting, while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett averaged a combined 31.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. That's an increase of nearly of 20 points per game from the starting lineup. The Nets ranked last in the NBA, with the fewest ppg by a starting forward tandem last season.

KG's impact on D: The Nets allowed 43.4 points per game and 55 percent shooting in the paint last season, both of which ranked in the bottom 10 in the league. The Celtics ranked as one of the top six teams in defensive efficiency in each of the past six seasons since Garnett arrived in Boston, and their interior defensive was better with him on the court last season, in particular.

Celtics defense with Garnett on/off court in 2012-13:
Defensive efficiency: KG on court, 96.2; off court, 104.6
Paint points per 48 minutes: KG on court, 38.5; off court, 45.2

Advantage, Pierce: Wallace shot an NBA-worst 27.3 percent from outside the paint last season (mininum 200 attempts), while Pierce shot 39.3 percent from outside the paint.

Lucky Jason Kidd: The Nets' projected starting lineup has a combined 35 All-Star selections: KG 15, Pierce 10, Joe Johnson 6, Deron Williams 3 and Brook Lopez 1. That would be the most on a head coach's roster in his first NBA season.

Wallace plays a role in the fourth

April, 27, 2013
CHICAGO -- Gerald Wallace got his point across, not that it helped the Brooklyn Nets outcome much.

After sitting out during the fourth quarter in Game 3 and questioning his role, he played all 12 minutes in the final period Saturday, only to get an up-close look at an improbable Chicago Bulls comeback. The Nets fell behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after a 142-134 defeat in triple overtime.

“I couldn’t tell you my role,” Wallace told reporters at practice Friday. “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”

If he sits on the bench during the final 12 minutes of Game 5 Monday at the Barclays Center his 1-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line in Saturday’s fourth quarter could be a major reason. Two of his misses from the free-throw line came with just over two minutes remaining in the game as the Bulls made their frantic comeback.

Wallace was asked about his day after questioning his role the day before.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I’m kind of mad at myself for missing a couple of free throws. I think I was focusing too much on those. But for the most part I felt like I played a pretty good game. I was able to rebound, get out in transition and push the ball. But I still wasn’t able to help us win tonight.”

So how do the Nets bounce back now, knowing they need three consecutive victories without a defeat to continue the season?

“I don’t know, ask me tomorrow,” Wallace said. “Right now you’re more focused on the game and trying to figure out where you lost it and what went wrong.”

P.J. says he has addressed Wallace issue

April, 27, 2013
CHICAGO – Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said before Game 4 of the first-round matchup with the Chicago Bulls that he hasn't read Friday's comments from a disappointed Gerald Wallace, but that the issue has still been addressed.

"I didn't see [Wallace's comments] to be honest with you, but I've talked to Gerald and hopefully we've done a better job of letting Gerald know the things that are important for him to do to help us be successful," Carlesimo said.

Whether he was actually aware of the comments or not, the veteran coach didn't seem like he wanted to build on a controversy with the Nets in need of a victory in the first-round series.

On Friday at practice in downtown Chicago, Wallace vented over playing time, especially in the fourth quarter of the team's consecutive defeats.

"I couldn't tell you my role," Wallace told reporters. "I don't have a clue what my role is on this team."

Wallace didn't play a single minute in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's Game 3 defeat to the Bulls.

JOE IS A GO: Joe Johnson was less of a question for Game 4 on Saturday than he was before Game 3. Johnson has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and was questionable for Friday's game, but ended up playing 40 minutes.

"He'll go out and see what it feels like, but we're expecting him to play," Carlesimo said.

That was much different than before Game 3, when Carlesimo said he still wasn't sure of Johnson's status about an hour before game time.

ANGER IS A GIFT: The Nets don't seem to be using the memory of a strong Game 1 to get them going, but instead are using the fuel of two consecutive defeats to move forward.

Carlesimo was asked about the mood of his team.

"I would say a little bit agitated," Carlesimo said. "They understand it's the biggest game. Each succeeding playoff game usually is, but it's the biggest game we played all year. We're 3½ hours from 2-2 and a best-of-3 series with two in our building. They understand what they need to do."

Nets starters to play in finale

April, 17, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he plans on playing everyone and starting his usual five -- Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez -- in Wednesday night's regular-season finale against the Detroit Pistons.

Carlesimo is planning on playing his starters about 18 to 24 minutes each.

He wants them to play a real game because it's more beneficial than just practicing. The Nets might not play their first playoff game until Sunday, so it's important for them to get some meaningful minutes now.

Williams, Johnson, Evans, Lopez, Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse all sat out Monday night's game so they could rest.

When will Wallace snap out of funk?

April, 15, 2013
Given that he's struggling with his shot and Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards was meaningless in the standings, shouldn't Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace have taken more than three field-goal attempts?

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Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty ImagesP.J. Carlesimo says that despite Gerald Wallace's recent struggles, "He's gonna play."
"I don't count how many times he shoots it. Gerald's gonna play," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said after Wallace scored two points in 22 minutes in his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a lower left leg contusion. "You watch us play yesterday, we're just not gonna be able to defend people without him on the floor, and he does so many other things."

Wallace has attempted just eight field goals in his last four games and made two of them. In his last 18 games, he's 3-for-36 from 3-point range.

"I feel he's gonna come out of it," Carlesimo said. "He's gonna play. He's gonna play minutes for sure."

Wallace is Brooklyn's best and most versatile defender. He can also handle the ball and facilitate the offense.

"I thought he looked good. He's upset with (trainer) Timmy (Walsh) and I that he didn't play more, but the whole point was to get him out there and get a little cardio work and make sure that his foot was all right," Carlesimo said. "And hopefully if he comes out of it well tomorrow, we can play him some more minutes on Wednesday. But it's exactly what Timmy wanted and we were pleased."

Who should the Nets rest before playoffs?

April, 14, 2013
As Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said, "It's over."

His team's pursuit of the No. 3 seed, that is.

The Nets (47-33) lost to the Toronto Raptors, 93-87 on Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Center, meaning they'll open the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Nets officially have nothing to play for.

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AP Photo/Frank GunnDespite 30 points from Deron Williams, the Nets' pursuit of the East's 3-seed ended Sunday in a loss to Toronto.
Right now, health is their biggest concern. So who do they sit?

Deron Williams (30 points, seven assists) banged his left knee again. Joe Johnson (4-for-16) has looked fine, but had been dealing with a heel injury. Gerald Wallace has missed the last two games due to a lower left leg contusion. Maybe Brook Lopez? Keith Bogans?

"We're gonna have more serious conversations," Carlesimo told reporters in Toronto. "We don't need to get anybody hurt. We're not playing for anything. Going forward, now we've certainly gotta rest some people.

"We just gotta figure out who. There are some people we do not want to play in a back-to-back. There are some people that we probably don't want playing both games. And we certainly don't want to play them big minutes."

Carlesimo said he'll talk to players like Williams and Johnson, along with trainer Tim Walsh, before figuring out how he wants to proceed.

The Nets face the Washington Wizards on Monday night in the second-half of a back-to-back before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets will host Game 1 of the first round over the weekend -- but they don’t know who they're going to face just yet.

The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) are a game up on the Chicago Bulls (43-37) for the No. 5 seed. The Hawks end their season with the Raptors (Tuesday) and the New York Knicks (Wednesday); the Bulls end their season with the Orlando Magic (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday). Chicago owns the tiebreaker by virtue of winning its season-series with Atlanta, 2-1.

Now, the waiting game begins.

"At least there's some finality for the four spot -- we don't know if we're gonna play Chicago or Atlanta -- but at least there's some finality there," Carlesimo said.

Gerald Wallace to miss Raptors game

April, 14, 2013
Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will miss his second straight game, Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors, due to a lower left leg contusion, according to reports.

Keith Bogans will start in his place.

Everyone else is healthy enough to play, even point guard Deron Williams, who was banged up in Friday night's victory in Indiana.

Williams and shooting guard Joe Johnson have said they don't want to sit until the Nets are out of contention for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Brooklyn (47-32) needs to win out and have the Pacers (49-30) lose out to earn the third seed.

Rapid Reaction: Nets 101, Celtics 93

April, 10, 2013

Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo has said Joe Johnson’s health is the team’s biggest concern heading into the playoffs.

Johnson looked just fine on Wednesday night, scoring 20 points in the Nets’ 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

The 31-year-old shooting guard, who is trying to get over a heel injury, was averaging 12.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting in three games since returning to the lineup after missing the previous five games.

Johnson, who went 8-for-15 from the field, came in shooting just 36.3 percent in the second game of back-to-back sets, the worst field-goal percentage of any NBA player with at least 200 attempts.

Deron Williams added 29 points, 12 assists and four rebounds for the Nets, while Brook Lopez chipped in 21 points.

Brooklyn (46-32) reduced its magic number to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference to two games.

The Nets improved to 17-28 against teams with .500-or-better records (at time of game played). They won their season-series with Boston, 3-1. They came into the season having lost 17 of 19 to the Celtics.

NEW RECORD HOLDER: D-Will set a new franchise single-season record when he hit his 159th 3-pointer in the second quarter. Kerry Kittles set the old mark (158) in 1996-97.

CRASH OUT: Gerald Wallace suffered a left heel contusion in the second quarter and had to be helped into the locker room. He did not return. Wallace’s first-quarter putback dunk was his first field goal in three games. Keith Bogans (back) missed his second straight game.

CLOSING TIME: The Nets closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run and the second quarter on a 15-4 run. D-Will had 11 points in the second quarter. The Nets led by 10 at the half.

KG’S THIRD T: Kevin Garnett was called for a technical foul after he shoved Reggie Evans with 15.2 seconds left in the second quarter. Garnett also got tangled up with Kris Humphries with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter while the two fought for a loose ball. They appeared to exchange elbows. No call was made.

UP NEXT: Nets at Indiana Pacers on Friday at 7 p.m.

Wallace confidence hits all-time low

April, 8, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Gerald Wallace is struggling mightily with his shot.

The Brooklyn Nets small forward told the New York Post over the weekend that his confidence is "totally gone." He did not talk to reporters after practice Monday.

In the past 15 games, Wallace is shooting 33 percent from the field. Over that span, he connected on just three of 32 3-point attempts (9.4 percent).

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AP Photo/Mary AltafferGerald Wallace (left) still brings an abundance of hustle, but his shooting touch has gone missing.
On Saturday night against Charlotte, Wallace attempted just one shot -- a layup on which he was fouled -- in 32 minutes.

"I'm in a situation where I feel like if I miss, I'm going to get pulled out of the game, you know what I'm saying?" Wallace told the newspaper. "So my whole concept is just that you can't come out of the game if you're not missing shots."

"I think I lost the confidence of the coaching staff and my teammates," Wallace continued. "So my main thing is those guys can score, so instead of thinking about it so much, just trying to focus on defense, try to move the ball and get those guys shots."

Deron Williams said Monday he thinks Wallace needs to stop talking about his shooting woes because "it weighs on you.

"You come in every day and you've got to hear about, 'Why are you missing shots?' it's gonna start creeping in your head," Williams said. "That's why I don't like talking about my injuries with you guys."

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo did not want to discuss Wallace's offensive struggles.

"I just address it with him, not with you guys," Carlesimo said.

Is it fixable?

"Sure. Definitely," Carlesimo responded.

Wallace remains a valuable player for the Nets because of his ability to defend multiple positions, handle the ball as a facilitator and lead by example. But he'd be even more valuable if he could make a jump shot.

During the Bobcats game, Wallace passed up a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner and drove to the basket. As a result, Reggie Evans was called for three seconds.

That kind of turnover can't happen in the postseason.

Johnson, Wallace sit out practice

March, 26, 2013
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (right quadriceps contusion) and small forward Gerald Wallace (sore feet) did not practice Tuesday, according to reports.

Wallace said he'll play Wednesday night in Portland, according to the New York Post. Johnson, who sat out Sunday night's victory in Phoenix, is day to day.

Asked if he'd play again on the Nets' current road trip, Johnson said, "I don't know, man, to be honest with you," according to Newsday.

Would Lillard have become a Net?

March, 16, 2013
In his Weekend Dime, colleague Marc Stein reveals that the Brooklyn Nets likely would've taken Tyler Zeller -- not Rookie of the Year favorite Damian Lillard -- with the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft had they not traded it to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace.

Writes Stein:

It's true that the pick Brooklyn surrendered in last season's Gerald Wallace trade became Damian Lillard, but it's a misnomer to flatly conclude that the Nets would have wound up with the overwhelming Rookie of the Year favorite instead of Portland had they simply kept the pick. It's believed that the Nets, if they hadn't dealt their lottery pick for Wallace, likely would have drafted Cavs big man Tyler Zeller at No. 6, since point guard -- with Deron Williams presumed to be re-signing -- wasn't a position of prime need.

The Nets visit Portland on Wednesday, March 27.

HIT THE ROAD, NETS: Brooklyn's eight-game, 17-day road trip, which will begin following Sunday night's game, is the longest in team history in terms of games (tied) and consecutive days between home games. The Nets have won 16 road games this season, their most since 2006-07.

Wallace bounces back; now he can rest

March, 13, 2013
On Monday, Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace was down. On Tuesday, he was up.

In Brooklyn's 108-98 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Barclays Center, Wallace scored 13 points -- his first game in double figures since Feb. 11 -- grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two steals.

So is this the kind of performance that could jump-start Wallace for the stretch run?

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Anthony Gruppuso/US PresswireGerald Wallace scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Tuesday night.
"I hope so," he said.

Just a day earlier, Wallace sat at his locker and looked at the floor after a disheartening loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He declined comment to reporters after going 2-for-8 from the field and being benched for the entire fourth quarter.

"I don't have to beat myself up tonight, so that helps," Wallace said Tuesday after going 7-for-9 from the line. "Hopefully this is a start. I was able to get to the rim a lot more. I was able to get to the free throw line and make some free throws, so just seeing the ball go through the basket and my momentum getting to the rim is a positive thing for me."

In his first 20 games this season, after signing a four-year, $40 million contract to remain a Net, Wallace averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game on 45 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

But in his next 34 games -- heading into Tuesday -- Wallace's numbers plummeted significantly: 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game on 36.6 percent shooting, including 27.5 percent from 3-point range.

Before tipoff, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he wasn't worried about Wallace.

"Gerald brings 18 things to the table that are as or more important than if he's not shooting the ball well or he's struggling offensively," Carlesimo said. "He's so important for us because of the intensity he brings, his defensive versatility."

The Nets don't play again until Sunday.

"He's banged up," Carlesimo said of Wallace, who has already missed 10 games thanks to injury. "I think the four days [off] will benefit him, but again I'm not overly concerned. Gerald is gonna play big minutes, and he's going to be there for us. I'm looking forward to him getting four days off and coming back a little bit better, but he'll be fine."

Wallace is looking forward to this week's break. After all, an eight-game, 17-day road trip looms.

"I guess this is their way of telling us, 'Enjoy your bed,'" Wallace joked.

Carlesimo not too concerned about Wallace

March, 12, 2013
Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he “isn’t overly concerned” about struggling small forward Gerald Wallace.

Wallace was benched in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to Philadelphia and is shooting just 31.5 percent in his last 12 games.

“Gerald brings 18 things to the table that are as or more important than if he’s not shooting the ball well or he’s struggling offensively,” Carlesimo said. “He’s so important for us because of the intensity he brings, his defensive versatility. He’s banged up. I think the four days (off) will benefit him, but again I’m not overly concerned. Gerald is gonna play big minutes and he’s going to be there for us. I’m looking forward to him getting four days off and coming back a little bit better, but he’ll be fine.”

Wallace quiet on the court and off

March, 11, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace sat at his locker, staring at the ground.

Was he upset that he was benched for the entire fourth quarter of his team’s 106-97 loss to the free-falling Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night? Was he upset at himself after his latest offensive no-show?

Who knows.

Wallace, who finished with four points on 2-for-8 shooting in 26 minutes, wouldn’t say.

He declined a request for comment following the game.

Asked why Wallace received no playing time in the final period, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo replied, "We put the guys out there that we thought would give us the best chance to win."

Wallace has gone 12 straight games without scoring in double figures. As we blogged about Sunday, he came into Monday night’s game converting 48.6 percent of his layup attempts and 30.1 percent of his jump shots.

Still, maybe the Nets could’ve used him against the Sixers, who double-teamed Brook Lopez in crunch time, knowing Reggie Evans wasn’t going to hurt them in the scoring column. Perhaps Carlesimo would’ve been better served playing Wallace at power forward.

Oh well. Wallace’s four-year, $40 million contract is going to loom over the Nets if he continues to play this way.

Is Brooklyn putting him in the best position to succeed? Or is he just flat-out not getting the job done?

More questions. No answers.



Brook Lopez
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8