What a week it was for our beloved New York teams. This week, we see the dethroning of the best team, and a repeat for player of the week. Here are our performances of the week.
Team of the Week: Brooklyn Nets
For the first time in six weeks, a team besides the New York Rangers are taking home this award. Brooklyn had a huge week, going 3-1 and passing the Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, and Indiana Pacers to grab the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. After looking like they had given up on the season, Brooklyn has now went 7-2 in their last 9, recovering from a five game losing streak. Their week was highlighted by a 106-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as a 91-88 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, a pivotal win to gain ground in the East.
Play of the Week: Deron Williams shows off exceptional dribbling to get an easy basket
This was vintage Deron Williams. Having a poor season by his standards, this play brought memories back of Williams explosive past, being known as one of the best dribblers in the game. He made Brandon Bass look clueless on this one.
Game of the Week: Brooklyn defeats the red hot Cavaliers to grab the eighth seed in the East
Brooklyn needed a win, and knew it wouldn’t come easy against the elite Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were 28-6 in their past 34 heading into this one, but the Nets were able to earn the win in a hard fought battle. Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 20, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 off the bench. They locked down LeBron James in the second half, limiting him to just two baskets. It was an all around great game and great win for the Nets.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Knicks
The Knicks had yet another miserable week, but did set a team record. Their 60th loss clinches them a spot as ten worst team in Knicks history. They went 0-5 this week, losing three games by over 20 points, and two by over 30.
Transaction of the Week: Nets Sign Earl Clark
While not a high profile signing, it didn’t have much competition. Clark will be able to provide serviceable minutes off the bench for the Nets, and fill in for the currently injured Thaddeus Young.
Worst Player of the Week: Langston Galloway
Looks like “Langstonsanity” has officially worn off for the two-guard. Galloway had an awful week, shooting 35.2% from the field and averaging 10.6 points per game. He doesn’t have much support around him, but his shooting numbers were beyond bad this week.
Player of the Week: Brook Lopez
The Nets dominated this week, largely in part due to Lopez. He scored over 30 points three times this week, and scored 20 the one time he didn’t. He lead them to their pivotal victory over the Hornets, putting up 34 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. He also shot 58%, earning himself the player of the week title for his second consecutive week.