It looked like Andrea Bargnani might not play due to illness on Tuesday. Instead, Nets fans ended up asking if they could give the whole team whatever Bargnani has.
Bargnani went 9 for 12 from the field en route to a team-high 20 point performance in the Nets' 102-98 loss to the Heat.
"My teammates found me on the pick and pop. It was all good passes and open shots. I was just aggressive," Bargnani told reporters after the game. "I think it was a good game. We played with a good effort, we gave ourselves a chance to win. The last two minutes they made some tough shots and we didn't. That was the game."
There may or may not have been some jokes floating around when Bargnani was listed as questionable given that he's always questionable. Leave it to the big man to make us look silly. Bargnani was right. He was just aggressive getting to the basket, and he was an easy target for Brooklyn to find down low. Twelve of his 20 points came in the second half, and it looked like Bargnani was going to be the one to give the Nets their second impressive victory in the last three days.
Unfortunately, the rest of the club just couldn't match his production. Brooklyn was outscored 50-28 in the paint, as Miami's bigs had no problem beating the Nets' double teams. In fact, Miami took only 10 foul shots the entire game, which is an indicator to just how uncontested their attempts were down low. It's a shame because I thought Brooklyn put forth an impressive effort, and it would have been nice to see Bargnani be a huge factor in a win. Instead, it's just a footnote in the team's 34th loss of the season.