The Nets made several moves in the off season in an effort to bounce back from a 12-win season.
Trading for Anthony Morrow didn’t garner much in the way of headlines. That move may turn out to be the best of them all. Morrow was on fire in Monday night’s 115-99 win over the Nuggets at the Prudential Center.
The “Closer”, as Avery Johnson dubbed him a couple of weeks ago, was flawless, hitting all six of his shots, including four three-pointers as part of an 18-point effort.
The motivation? Morrow acknowledged that all of the trade talk surrounding Carmelo Anthony had him fired up to perform well. “It’s nothing I’ve really experienced before with the trade situation,” Morrow said. “But not just me, everybody was fired up.”
Morrow couldn’t have been more correct in that assessment. Devin Harris had 18 assists, Brook Lopez had 27 points and Travis Outlaw broke out for 21 points. The Nets certainly don’t look like a team that needs any help. They have won five of their last six home games. They will host the 76ers on Wednesday in hopes of winning another home game.
“Everybody had that chip on their shoulder,” Morrow added. “You could kind of see the look in guy’s eyes, even this morning at shoot around. So it’s a situation where we’re just glad that we’re still here and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”
Morrow has been one the most consistent offensive threats for the Nets. The 6-5 swingman is averaging over 12 points a game and is hitting nearly 42 percent of his three-point attempts, so it’s no surprise when he’s feeling it.