The C’s travel to the Izod Center tonight, squaring off with the 4-1 New Jersey Nets. Most pre-season predictions tagged the Nets as one of the powers in the East, mainly due to the return of Nenad Krstic. But their early success stems greatly from Richard Jefferson’s output. Currently fifth in the league in scoring, Jefferson is the complete player that Carter has never quite been for New Jersey. My theory is that he catches a lot of flak from opposing players about owning the worst tattoo in the league (it’s a hand drawn sun-ish thing around the block initials “RJ”—except it looks like a three year old used their weak hand to draw it), and this has, after all these years, enraged him to the point where he has turned into the equivalent of the Incredible Hulk. We’ll see if he throws someone through the backboard tonight.
• Jason Kidd uncharacteristically turns the ball over on the Nets first possession, leading to a Ray Allen floater on the other end. How does someone with no rotation have such a soft touch? For the last six years (since an article pointed it out) I have been baffled by this fact. I suppose I should accept that his nickname is Jesus for reasons beyond Spike Lee’s joint.
• Kidd to Carter for a reverse alley-oop. Carter looks comatose.
• Rondo with his second jumper in two games. He has met his quota for the month and I expect nothing more from him (translation: don’t shoot any more jumpers Earthworm Jim)
• Rondo shoots another jumper. He misses.
• After watching Kidd hit a long jumper, and seeing him regularly hit international threes this summer for Team USA, I am convinced that, given enough years, anyone can become a decent shooter. Except Shaq. Shooting is beneath the Big Aristotle. (more…)