Unlike the Nets, the Rockets made some moves just before the deadline. They didn't pick up any All-Stars, but they did get some promising younger players who will make their Rocket debut at Barclays Center.
The Rockets picked up Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. The Kings, in the process of being sold, also received $1 million in the transaction. In addition, Houston dealt Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a second-round draft pick in June.
Robinson was a player the Nets front office had hoped to nab in the 2012 draft before they traded away the pick and then lost in the draft lottery. The Rockets are thrilled to get ahold of him. It makes them even more athletic, never a good thing for the Nets.
"Thomas is a guy people are going to love," GM Daryl Morey said. "High energy, runs the floor, led the country in rebounding when he was at Kansas. He's a guy we really think has the potential to be our starting big man."
If that wasn't enough news for the Nets vs. Rockets game, try these entries from Wednesday night's boxscores. James Harden had a career high of 46 points on 14-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-8 from deep. Jeremy Lin, his much maligned backdourt mate, finished with 29 on 12-of-22 shooting, 3-of-5 from deep. Omer Asik, who Robinson is likely to line up with, had nine points, but 10 boards. They beat Oklahoma City, 122-119 with a big fourth quarter.
The usual height advantage won't be so big a deal vs. Houston. Asik is 7-foot, Robinson 6'10", Chandler Parsons, 6'9", Harden 6'6", and Lin 6'3". And how they can run. They beat the Nets 119-106 in Houston, with Harden going for 29 and Asik 20. It was one of Deron Williams better games, playing against Lin. He finished with 27 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block. Joe Johnson didn't fare so well against Harden, shooting only 5-of-14.
A Brooklyn win and New York loss (to Toronto) would create a virtual tie atop the Atlantic Division. D-Will was scheduled to have cortisone shots today. Meanwhile, all the players mentioned in trade rumors: Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic most prominently, can breathe sigh of relief. For Tyshawn Taylor, it will be a chance to renew old ties with TRob. The two led Kansas to the NCAA Finals last year.
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklyn Nets
- Houston Rockets Game Notes - Houston Rockets
- Rockets at Nets - February 22, 2013 - Noey Kupchan - STATS
- Brooks handling himself well for Nets despite being on trading block - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- P.J.: Deron will be hurting all season - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Holding assets will pay off in long run - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets make no deals before deadline - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Morey likes Thomas Robinson's potential - Howard Chen - Comcast Sports Net