Today and tomorrow, we're going to look at six things we've seen from the Brooklyn Nets in the first six games. Here's part one.

Kevin Garnett has been more of a wart than a stalwart on defense this season. (AP)

Kevin Garnett has been more of a wart than a stalwart on defense this season. (AP)


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Some final takeaways:

  • Let's get this out of the way now: Deron Williams made the right play at the end of regulation. Williams got a step on Nate Robinson, drew Nazr Mohammad into the lane, and hit Brook Lopez for a wide open 17-foot jumper. That's a shot well within Lopez's comfort zone, and he was a friendlier rim away from sending the game to overtime. Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo drew the play up for his best player that night -- Williams -- to make a play, and Williams made a play. Sometimes they just don't fall. What they did was better than an isolation, it was team basketball that found an open man. It was not typical Nets basketball. It just didn't work this time.

  • Or look at it this way: Brook Lopez & Deron Williams combined for 58 points on 19-35 shooting. Rest of team? 32 points on 12-35 shooting.

  • Much more egregious than the final play -- and even the final minute, where Lopez completely fell apart -- was the Nets' curious decision to keep Reggie Evans on Carlos Boozer as Boozer shredded Rocksteady Reggie limb from limb. Six of Boozer's 12 field goals came with Evans in his face, one other came when Lopez had to rotate over to cover the assignment, and another came on a tip-in by Boozer over Evans after Andray Blatche had contested a shot. Carlesimo often talks about going "big" and is anathema to going "small," but he rarely does either -- choosing the unhappy "medium" of a traditional lineup.

  • Boozer even had a higher rebound percentage than Evans, which would be less important if Boozer also didn't score 29 points.

  • Your statistically odd plus-minus note of the day: Every Nets starter had a positive plus-minus, and every Nets bench player had a negative one.

  • Carlesimo also felt that there was a no-call on Lopez's second-to-last shot attempt, citing a rule I didn't quite understand. More on this in a later post.

  • Closing on this note: the Nets have a cakewalk schedule the rest of the way. Here's the final eight matchups: Charlotte (home), Philadelphia (home), Boston (away), Indiana (away), Toronto (away), Washington (home), Detroit (home). That's six teams in tank mode (Washington a possible exception), a seventh (Boston) that's far from guaranteed but winnable, and a game against an Indiana team that they've beaten in both matchups already.
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    Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks played a little over 36 minutes last night, ending with the best night of his career. But how does his performance last night line up with his season averages per 36 minutes? John Hood investigates, providing us with the below infographic:

     

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    Some brief takeaways:

    • Kobe Bryant had the lowest points produced of any professional basketball player that plays for the Lakers (Chris Duhon doesn't count), and was without question the catalyst for their victory. That's Kobe Bryant in a nutshell. P.J. Carlesimo said that Gerald Wallace's job on Kobe Bryant was "exceptional," and that's true, to some degree -- Kobe struggled to score through most of the night. But, well, you know.

    • Brook Lopez had a monster line that, when you adjust for playing time and possessions, is roughly what his line would look like if he played 40 minutes in every game. On the one hand, it's refreshing that Lopez can maintain a high level of production even when Carlesimo stretches his minutes to his longest regulation game of the season. But on the other, he played what he called "the worst 2 1/2 minutes of his season" in the final 150 seconds.

    • I'm going to contribute as much analysis to the bench mob as they contributed to last night's game.

    • Three difficult numbers to look at: the turnover rates from Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Reggie Evans. Evans did grab over 50% of available defensive rebounds, and overall played a fine game within his role. But he played about 23 minutes, and probably shouldn't play much more than that.

     

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