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PF: 94.6 PA: 99.3
Last 10: 6-4
PF: 96.2 PA: 90.9
Last 10: 9-1
It’s very obvious that I usually start treads like this by saying the Spurs suck, we’re gonna beat their ass down or whatever, but this time this preview is going to be so short, I’d just have to say, KILL GINOBILI EVEN IF WE LOSE!
When offense doesn’t count for much. March 2, 2008Posted by netsophobia in Atlantic Division, Desegana Diop, Devin Harris, Eastern Conference, Lawrence Frank, Marcus Williams, Maurice Ager, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Sean Williams, Trenton Hassell, Vince Carter.
Before the lineup overhaul, this team was struggling both on the defense and on offense, even with the same team that from two years ago whichc was one of the best defensive teams in the league, the team slowly deterioriated to the point of last season where on certain games they could lock teams down defensively to this season where teams would just steamroll over them.
Then came all the trades which saw the blog favorite Jason Collins traded for Stromile Swift and Kidd and Antoine going over to Dallas, it all points to the new guys like Harris, Hassell, Swift (and of course Diop, but we’re talking about offense here) to score more, to shoot higher percentages compred to the other three. Prior trade, none of the three ex-Nets were shooting over 41% while the trio of Hassell, Harris, and Swift has Hassell shooting 44% which is the lowest among them three. So basically the offense’s going to improve over time correct?
Yeah, but the point is, if you can’t stop anyone, you can’t win games even if you’re scoring 120 or 130. The focus on this team has to be on defense, because no matter how many points they can score, this team isn’t equipped to be Phoenix East or Golden State East, the Nets just don’t have the personnel to do that, the reason we lost against the Magic, was because coach Frank wanted to keep up with the scoring charts therefore five players ended the game playing 38 minutes and only one reserve played over 20 minutes, and in the end the team suffered. During crunchtime when stops are important, we couldn’t get any because the entire lineup on the floor was fatigued and Frank isn’t trusting enough to put any new guys on the court.
if kids could D up, why can’t we?
Which comes to the next point, player rotation, we all heard what the Hassell’s, Diops and Swift could do, they CAN play defense, but if the coach isn’t going to play them, they can’t do their jobs no? If the reserves don’t get playing time, players like VC and RJ, Harris would suffer at the end fo close games when we need a closer, we need our star players to be fresh to make plays; not be tired and choke.
We have so many players on this team that’s capable of playing stellar defense so why not we utilize them? Let’s say this team needs to score, yeah the starters can score all they want, but when it’s the 2nd quarter, a time for runs, why not but a few of those guys in and let them play defense, let’s say a 2nd quarter lineup of Harris, Carter, Hassell, Diop and Williams. It’s the balance between offense and defense that matters.
I’m sure if the team focuses on D, guys like Maurice Ager would play defense when they are on the court, he certainly has the tools, but he’s trying to hard to show everyone how good he can sore the basketball, hence his lousy stats. Frank needs to give defense a shot but everything starts with trust, he has to trust the new players and give them minutes, put the emphsis on D and the scoring will come, because I don’t see the Suns winning any championships yet.
Devin Harris > Nets Bench March 1, 2008Posted by netsophobia in Devin Harris, Marcus Williams, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets.
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Devin Harris came out smoking and shut me up, showing no ill effects from the ankle sprains by throwing some very impressive throwdowns in yesterday’s matchup against the Bucks.
First he came out and sparked a big run for us to take the lead, then he came back in during the fourth to stem the Bucks’ tide with some pretty amazing plays, he showed great quickness while only in his first game back, I’m sure he would get faster real soon.
As for his point guard companion, Marcus Williams did nothing to drop his own stock, with 11 points and 8 assists, although he made 2 threes, his shooting is probably worse than Jason Kidd right now. But it’s all about Devin Harris right now, 21 minutes, 21 points and 5 assists? that’s sick, add in the fact that he’s +17 on the court, if he keeps this up the next game, we could see a TJ Ford/Calderon back court tandem growing here.