If Andray Blatche or his Nets teammates were distracted by the noise surrounding them yesterday, they certainly didn't play like it. The Nets used a dominating performance in the third quarter to blow open a competitive game and cruise to a 109-89 victory over the 76ers after spending the hours leading up to the game dealing with the fallout from Blatche being questioned by police early yesterday morning in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the team's hotel. "Players are very, very resilient," interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said after the Nets' fourth straight win and sixth in seven games since he took over for Avery Johnson. "I just think that one of the traits of NBA players are they come and they play, and they really don't bring any other, any outside interference into the game. "Guys come and they play." Against the Sixers, Blatche didn't look like a player who had hardly slept, finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds on 8-for-15 shooting. The strong effort came just hours after he had been questioned by Philadelphia police after a woman told police she was sexually assaulted in his hotel room early yesterday morning, according to reports. Blatche was unavailable to reporters after the game. The 6-foot-11 forward, who had his contract guaranteed for the rest of the season Monday evening, entered to a smattering of boos midway through the first quarter and proceeded to play a very effective stint of 10:27 in the first half. He largely benefitted from being covered by Sixers center Spencer Hawes, who had plenty of trouble staying with Blatche.
Blatche, Nets roll despite police investigation
New York Post | Jan 9