- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Which Deron Williams will show up in Game 6 on Friday night?
The Williams of Games 1 and 3 that was aggressive and attacked the basket?
Or the Williams of Games 2, 4 and 5 that was outplayed by Kyle Lowry?
In Game 5, Lowry outscored Williams 21-3 in the first half and 36-13 overall.
“First half, I just, we couldn’t really get anything going,” Williams said. “Second half, fourth quarter, was getting into the lane, we switched up some different looks and different plays that we put in today at shootaround and they worked for us.”
Sure, Williams scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, but his total body of work was that of the second-best point guard on the court.
The stats say Williams has been the second-best point guard in the series, which isn’t good when you’re making max money.
If the Nets end up losing, much of the blame is likely to fall on Williams’ shoulders.
He’s shown flashes of being the player he was in Utah, but, aside from the second half of last season, has never done so with any sort of consistency.
Injuries have been a problem. Williams has struggled with confidence. But if you’ve been watching this team all season, you know the deal by now.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens if the Nets are eliminated. Changes will likely be made.
Williams has three years and $63.1 million remaining on his contract. But you wonder if the Nets would explore the possibility of trading him, which would allow for a fresh start for both player and team.
Yet those notions will all go away if Williams can summon strong performances in Games 6 and 7.
Question: How do you think Williams will perform in Game 6?
In case you missed it: Nets coach Jason Kidd lobbied for calls prior to Game 6. Paul Pierce is confident that the Nets can force a Game 7. Ian O’Connor writes that if the Nets are eliminated, the blame should fall on Kidd’s shoulders.
Swag: All Nets fans who attend Game 6 will get a white t-shirt with the team’s slogan “For Brooklyn.” Food will be 25 percent off to fans who arrive between 5:30-6 p.m. Brooklyn is encouraging fans to show up early. It will be tough given that it’s a Friday night in New York.
Up next: Nets versus Raptors, Game 6 on Friday night at Barclays Center.
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