Avery: Let’s Get In Our Sets, Out of Isos

Avery Johnson

Speaking to reporters before today’s game, Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson stressed the need for the Nets to get into — and stay in — their offensive sets, avoiding the isolations that they tend to fall into in the second half of games.

“The main thing is, when we talk about our offense, it was just too much one-on-one,” Johnson said. “I don’t mind the one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but we’re playing the one-on-one in the beginning of the shot clock.

“We’ve had to take a look at how we function in those situations, have a little bit more ball and player movement, a little more continuity, but none of it is going to work unless we make good passes, set good screens, space the floor properly, and don’t turn the ball over.”

Joe Johnson also stressed earlier this week that the isolationist offense the Nets tend to fall into is not designed in the offensive playbook, and is the fault of the players, not the coach or system.

13.4% of the Nets plays have been classified as isolations this season, the fourth-highest percentage in the league, according to Synergy Sports Technology. They score 0.91 points per possession in the isolation set, the second-best mark in the league, but below the league average among all play types.