Atlantic Notes: Martin, Knicks, Nets, Pietrus

Deron Williams was bested by the Chris Paul-led Clippers on Saturday night but he bounced back in a major way yesterday against the Suns.  Goran Dragic gave the Nets all they could handle, but D-Will's 20 point, 11 assist performance pushed Brooklyn to a 102-100 victory.  It wasn't a pretty win, but the Nets will take it, especially considering that they were without Joe Johnson in Phoenix.  Here's more from the Atlantic..

  • Kenyon Martin told reporters, including Ian Begley of (on Twitter) that he has thoughts that he "probably can’t say on camera" about teams that ignored him as a free agent.  However, he says that he is now "in a happy place."  Martin sat on the sidelines for most of the 2012/13 season before hooking on with the Knicks.
  • Tim Bontemps of the New York Post spoke with former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy about his thoughts on the Nets and he's not as enthused as some about the club's prospects going forward.  “[There are] significant things that they have to find out about their team to try to make that next step up to what they want to be, which is a championship-caliber team,” said Van Gundy.
  • Raptors forward Mickael Pietrus wants to finish out the season strong and show that he is once again healthy, writes RealGM's Shams Charania.  Pietrus will be a free agent after this season when his one-year, minimum salary contract expires.

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