LONDON — It didn’t have the finality of the buzzer-beating three-ball Sundiata Gaines had last January when the Utah Jazz ripped out the hearts of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Gaines proved Friday night he can still help a team.
Four days into his 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets, and mere weeks after being told he was no longer wanted in Toronto, Gaines came off the Nets bench in the fourth quarter and put up seven points in just over seven minutes to start the Raptors on their way to defeat.
“It’s a testament to working hard and being ready whenever my name is called,” Gaines said. “I had a couple practices already, so I felt pretty comfortable out there. I just tried to play my shot if it was open, and if not, pass it to my teammates; whatever the defence gave me, I tried to play off.”
The Nets are the third stop for Gaines this season. He started the campaign with Minnesota, caught on with the Raptors on a 10-day contract and then was signed to the same 10-day deal in New Jersey when Jordan Farmar sprained his ankle.
Farmar was back in the lineup after missing just one game. Gaines got his shot when Williams got his fourth foul early in the final quarter and didn’t waste it.