Devin KharpertianTo recap this annoyingly bad 106-97 Brooklyn Nets loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, I'm going "The Difference" style: one bullet point for each point difference in the margin:
Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo was asked after the game why Gerald Wallace sat the entire fourth quarter, even though Wallace is the best player the Nets have to guard 76ers forward Thaddeus Young, who always gives the Nets problems. Carlesimo responded by complimenting 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday, saying he was the one that was giving them trouble in the fourth and that he (Carlesimo) went with the players that he felt would give the Nets the best chance to win. Holiday did not score a field goal in the fourth quarter, while Young had 7 points and 4 rebounds in the full 12 minutes. Well then.
An addendum to that last bullet point: the Brooklyn Nets, who have struggled for years with stretch/athletic/hybrid 4's like Young (Young specifically was a name former coach Avery Johnson pointed out numerous times as a "Nets killer"), may have had their best chance stopping Young by playing Wallace at the 4. They didn't do that even for one second all game.... MORE →