BOSTON Talk about irony.
Injuries have led to New Jersey rookie and Providence College product MarShon Brooks getting his first start against Boston - the same team that drafted him and moments later, traded him to New Jersey for the draft rights to JaJuan Johnson.
"They drafted me, so it is a different kind of feel than any other game," Brooks told CSNNE.com. "But I'm still going to try and come out and play hard, provide energy for my team."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers followed Brooks' game when he was at Providence.
"On film, he's an aggressive scorer," Rivers said. "With guys out, he's probably going to be more so and they'll probably lean on him more to that. He's gifted; he can score the ball. He's a guy our defense will obviously have to focus on."
Despite the Nets (1-5) less than stellar record, Brooks' play has been one of the bright spots.
He's averaging 13.7 points off the bench, along with 3.7 rebounds per game.
And Brooks, like most NBA players, is always looking for a way to amp up his level of motivation.
Facing the team that drafted him and later traded him away, Brooks said, doesn't really fire him up.
"I wasn't even with the Celtics long enough," Brooks said. "The thing that motivates me, I want to prove to the Nets that they made the right decision more so than the Celtics made the wrong decision. I'm here to play for the Nets. I want to prove the Nets right for drafting me."
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BOSTON – Less than 48 hours after one of his legendarily hard slap shots put a Montreal Canadiens forward in the hospital after striking him in the head, Zdeno Chara didn’t hesitate when given the chance to wind up and blast away on Monday afternoon.
It was the 40-year-old Chara that rocketed a slapper past Kari Lehtonen at the end of the second period, and in doing so energized the Bruins while getting them on the scoreboard. The Chara goal helped earn the Black and Gold a point in overtime before eventually falling to the Dallas Stars by a 3-2 score at TD Garden on Monday afternoon.
The Bruins captain had been texting with the felled Montreal winger on Monday, and was fully aware that Phillip Danault was out of the hospital and doing well aside from understandable concussion symptoms after a puck to the head. Perhaps that eased Chara’s mind just a little when it came time to lean into another wind-up slapper on Monday, but it was also certainly aided by the lack of brave bodies willing to front one of his heavy, hard point blasts.
“I obviously spoke to Phillip a number of times. I talked to him right after the game and wanted to make sure he was okay, and he texted me back that he’s doing fine. He’s been released [from the hospital] and that’s very positive, good news,” said Chara. “It’s obviously very unfortunate that it’s something that happens quite often, but it’s something you never want to see with somebody getting hit and hurt. I’m very happy he’s going to recover fully and hopefully he’s back on the ice and playing hockey [soon] like we all do.”
Was there any hesitation to Chara winding up and stepping into a 100-mph slap shot so quickly after the ugly incident in Montreal?
“It’s something that doesn’t happen very often where you have that clean [shooting] path to the net where you can settle the puck, take a look and take a full slapper,” said Chara. “Usually teams play so well structurally that there’s already somebody fronting it, and you’ve got to get it through him with bodies in front. It does happen, but it’s nice that you have that time to put everything on it.”
That’s exactly what the 6-foot-9 defenseman did in sparking the Bruins to come back from a 2-0 deficit and push for the overtime point while extending their point streak to a season-best 13 games and counting.