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Andray Blatche guarantees a Nets win in Game 7, Raptors players respond as you’d expect

May 3, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Nets reserve big man Andray Blatche was in the guarantee business on Friday, making one about Game 6 during the morning shootaround which was followed by another about Game 7 once the initial victory had been secured.

“Yeah, we guarantee it. We’re gonna go there, take care of business and go to Miami,” Blatche said, via the New York Post.

Postseason guarantees are meaningless, obviously, because every player on a given team has the confidence that they will be able to go out and win the very next game. They can, however, get under the opposing team’s skin.

“We’re going to see what happens,” Greivis Vasquez said, via James Herbert, when told about Blatche’s remarks. “I don’t know who does he think he is. He’s not KG or Paul Pierce or Jason Kidd. But, you know, we’re not going to listen to his nonsense. He gotta earn that, and he hasn’t yet. We aren’t really focused [on] that.”

DeMar DeRozan matched Vasquez’s lack of interest in what Blatche had to say, but fell far short of his teammate’s level of disdain for the comments.

“I don’t care what he said,” DeRozan said, also via James Herbert. “He can say what he wants, honestly. He can go out there and say he’s going to hit the lottery tomorrow.”

Blatche actually played an important role in Brooklyn’s Game 6 victory, playing a solid 21 minutes off the bench and replacing Mason Plumlee almost entirely in the Nets’ rotation.

Kevin Garnett didn’t make any pregame predictions. But he was bold afterward in verbally pounding his chest about what the feeling was entering a game where the wrong result could have ended Brooklyn’s season.

“There was no way in hell that they were going to come in here and get a win today,” Garnett said, via ESPN New York.

I wonder how Vasquez feels about that.

  1. d57fan - May 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Problem for Raptors is he has been right so far and they have been dominated for most of the last 2 games despite winning game 5. The Nets are going to win game 7, and I’m not a Nets fan at ALL.

    • kinggw - May 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I’m not sure what games you’ve been watching but there hasn’t been two consecutive games of dominance by the Nets. The Nets had a great fourth quarter in game 5, but they lost the previous three quarters that’s why they were down by 22 going into the fourth. So the last two games each team has won 4 quarters a piece.

      • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Exactly. Seems like he didn’t watch game 5 at all but instead only watched highlights that focused on the pivotal fourth quarter in which the Nets played very well.

        In reality, the Nets lost that game despite outscoring the Raptors 44 points to 24 points in the fourth quarter because they had been so thoroughly dominated in quarters 1-3.

    • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      …Did you even watch the past two games?

      While in game 6, the Nets dominated the Raptors from the first quarter, Game 5 was a completely different story.

      The Nets were dominated by the Raptors for most of game 5 until the Nets made a huge run in the fourth quarter. Toronto led by 3 points at the end of the first quarter, by 18 points by halftime, and by 22 points entering the fourth quarter.

  2. charlutes - May 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Easy to say, “There was no way in hell that they were going to come in here and get a win today,” after getting the win. If he was that confident before the game he would have said so then. Typical Garnett thinking he’s a tough guy cuz he yells really loud and takes a few cheap shots that nobody even minds anymore. Go Raps.

  3. skinsovieterps - May 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Kevin Garnett: Fake tough guy, a piece if garbage like Pierce and Williams. Go Wizards!!! #dcRising!!!

  4. chicagosports2014 - May 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Do what’s his name even start, trying to predict a win?

    • muhangis - May 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      No but he has stepped into one of the top bench players in the league, if not at the very top (stat wise). Blatche may not get very many minutes, but he puts up GREAT PRODUCTION in the minutes he gets!!! And he’s been there for them (healthy) all season. In fact of all players of both these two teams… Blatche puts up the highest production (PPM) per playing time. It’s not even close really.. Just have to look at his per36mins stats. He’s performed awesome during these last two reg seasons, and he iss really getting it done on the court in these playoffs!

      Not only this.. but Blatche has highly transformed himself as a tough defensive player since coming to the Nets!

      So yeah, Blatche is very worthy of starting.

      But your entire mental frame that only the famous or star players of a team are the only ones with a right to make a bold comment is WRONG anyway, whatever your name is

    • muhangis - May 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Blatche came through with a GUARANTEE, while you eternally go down in dust and obscurity.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Masai Ujiri’s reaction: F*** Brooklyn!

  6. reastnt - May 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    So many athletes don’t seem to understand the word “guarantee.”

  7. Kevin S. - May 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Don’t say it, ‘Dray. Just shut up and do it.

    • muhangis - May 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Blatche came through with a GUARANTEE, while you eternally go down in dust and obscurity.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - May 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Bench guys should be seen and not heard.

    • muhangis - May 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Blatche came through with a GUARANTEE, while you eternally go down in dust and obscurity.

  9. pharohislife - May 4, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Why give the Raptors extra motivation, why? I hate bonehead statements like this, just do it, no need to say it, that doesn’t benefit your team in any way.

    • muhangis - May 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Blatche came through with a GUARANTEE, while you eternally go down in dust and obscurity.

      • pharohislife - May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        What are you talking about, and why are you liking your own comments? I couldn’t be more ecstatic, I’ve been rooting for the Nets all series. Now my boys get another shot Miami.

  10. canadatude - May 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Best of one series. Home court, Raptors, where the best fans are. Dumb play to give them more motivation.
    If K G was not 7 feet tall, his high school education would give him a world of employment opportunities.

    • Kevin S. - May 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I was going to say that it’s pretty pathetic if the Raptors needed that kind of motivation in an elimination game at home, but I guess they really did need a little something extra. And they only went .500 in front of those “best fans.” Guess home court isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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