Jack next man up after Williams calf injury (Dec 20 12:00 ET )
Jarrett Jack scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one three in Friday's loss, and he could be in line for more playing time if Deron Williams' calf injury is serious.
While watching this live, I assumed that Cory Jefferson was attempting an ill-fated pass. You want to believe. You want to hope that an NBA-level pro working for the Brooklyn Nets would do better than shooting a wide-open 24-foot shot some 19 feet – if that. You try to be a glass half-full sort of guy. An appalling optimist. Perhaps we’re projecting. Because, yeah, look at the tape: Cory Jefferson is a rookie, and he’ll shoot a better percentage of wide-open three-pointers in his team’s daily shootarounds than 99 percent of the readers who will click on that video ( he did hit 41 percent of his three-pointers in college ). In retrospect, though, that wasn’t a pass. That was a terrible shot that Jefferson (who has yet to hit a three-pointer this season in five attempts) may have hesitated on far too late into his windup and release. The only possible Net in his range of vision would have been Jarrett Jack, the man who passed the ball to the rookie, who wasn’t exactly hanging out underneath the rim, ready for an assist. Nope, it was just a shank. These things tend to happen, especially in a Brooklyn Nets season gone terribly wrong. Jefferson finished with four points, four rebounds and a turnover in 13 minutes – but his turnover was the first of his NBA career. Prior to the contest he had played 47 total NBA minutes, contributing 20 points and 12 rebounds. Not a great run, but not all that terrible either. The Nets fell to the Bulls by 25 points . Jefferson’s whiff may have been an actual shot, but I think it’s definitely time for all of us to give Brooklyn’s season a pass. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
In protest of a New York grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt before Monday's game against the Nets in Brooklyn. Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving joined James and several Nets players in wearing similar shirts. Photo: LeBron James during warmups sporting the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt. #ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/MyzNjbqy9A — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 9, 2014 Nets guard Jarrett Jack provided the shirts to James and Irving, the Akron Beacon Journal reported . “It’s more a notion to the family than anything,” James said of the shirts. “Obviously as a society we have to do better, we have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.” [Adrian Wojnarowski: Adam Silver supports players' social commentary ] Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt during pregame warmups prior to Saturday's home game against the Golden State Warriors. When asked Monday morning by the Daily News about his fellow former NBA MVP's attire, James said, “It was spectacular. I loved it. I’m looking for one." Jack made sure he got one. This isn't the first time James has taken a stand on racial issues. In 2012, he posted a photo to Instagram of his Miami Heat wearing hooded sweatshirts in solidarity over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Last year, James also coordinated Miami's decision to wear warm-up shirts inside-out in protest of then L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks. Following the Ferguson ruling, James posted on his Instagram account a drawing of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin walking arm in arm. "As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I'm so sorry to these families," the caption read. "Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn't the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter." Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton attended Monday's Cavs-Nets game at the Barclays Center, where protesters staged a die-in , so LeBron's statement could have a global reach. Video of the incident shows Garner, an African-American, repeating the phrase, "I can't breathe," numerous times after the Italian-American police officer placed him in a chokehold in an attempt to make an arrest for the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes. The grand jury's decision ignited protests across the country — as did a similar ruling in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer last month — and athletes have been at the forefront of activism efforts. Several NFL players, including St. Louis Rams guard Davin Joseph , made similar gestures on Sunday. (h/t Washington Post )
Jarrett Jack was quiet on Monday against the Cavs, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with one rebound, five assists, one steal and one three in 23 minutes off the bench.
The Scoop:Jack might have played a little bit more had the game not been a blowout, but owners had to be hoping for more with Joe Johnson (flu) out tonight. Jack has been pretty terrible lately and owners can certainly move on for a hot free agent, but it also wouldn't be surprising if he got going if Johnson misses more time.