I try to shy away from grading the coach as much as possible -- there's so much gray area with in-game decisions -- but leaving Reggie Evans, having perhaps his best two-way game as a Nets player, on the bench for seven minutes in the fourth quarter as the Hawks tore the Nets limb from limb inside, sticking with a two-point guard lineup when it's struggled all season... I don't pretend to presume that Carlesimo's decision-making was the only reason for the Nets' struggles tonight -- they're the ones getting decimated in the fourth quarter, after all -- but this was not his finest coaching effort.
Some good moves and another solid game overall but a lot of radio silence as the Hawks took this one away.
Quiet 18-point game from Johnson.
The way Wallace sacrifices his body to make any play is exceedingly admirable, If only he'd make the play. Please make layups someday. This is terrifyingly bad at this point.
Had some nice moments on offense but the Hawks made it a point to attack him -- and he wasn't able to stop them.
Painful to watch when he's not playing with the starters.
Hit three lefty hook shots in the first four minutes, notched a double-double early in the third quarter, picked up a technical foul for a little elbow-throwing, came close to a career high in rebounds, and sat during the fourth-quarter run that decided the game. Josh Smith certainly had his way with Evans tonight on a few occasions, but for once, it wasn't the power forward position that lost the game for Brooklyn.
Hit an early three and faded away on an open five-footer. (He, um, missed.)
Doesn't play well in two-PG lineups, and it showed.