When you play like that, with the biggest heart in Brooklyn, you do not deserve to lose a heartbreaker on a night you justifiably cried foul because the officials somehow did not.
Deron Williams spent this night pretending all was right with his inflamed ankles and right wrist, spent the night looking like Deron Williams again, and now, Nets 72, Grizzlies 72, he tried to win the game.
Williams had already scored 24 points over the first 47 minutes and 30 seconds when he saw an opening through the lane and drove fearlessly through the traffic.
If Tony Allen, who was credited with the block, didn’t foul him, Zack Randolph sure did.
“I thought he took the ball to the basket really hard and got knocked down,” P.J. Carlesimo said. “It was 60 feet away from me. I didn’t see it.”
There were three blind referees who were a lot closer than 60 feet away who didn’t see it either.
Williams crumpled to the court under the basket, holding his brand new left-calf contusion, courtesy of a knee, soon to be a 76-72 loser.
“I definitely thought I got fouled ... but they didn’t call it, so I guess I didn’t,” Williams said.
When he got back up, he saw MarShon Brooks swat away an Allen flip in the lane, and when the replay review determined there was no goaltending, Allen, fouled with 19.5 seconds left by Mirza Teletovic, sank a pair of free throws.
And it was here that Williams made an ill-fated bounce pass that sealed the Nets’ fate.
“It was a little broken-down play, really,” he said. “I had to come out and get a little farther than I thought and just turned the corner and went down the lane, I saw Mirza cutting, but I think he was going to the corner, and it was just a bad pass, one I wish I could have back.”
Williams had brought Brooklyn to its feet in the fourth quarter with a determined drive and a pair of 3s from the right side gave the Nets a 67-63 lead. With fearless closer Joe Johnson sidelined again with a sore heel, Carlesimo asked Brooks (4-for-13 shooting) to remove the bench splinters he had been accumulating and Teletovic (five points in the last three minutes) for some juice.
Missed call spells doom for Williams
New York Post | Feb 25