Brook Lopez saw just 25 minutes of action tonight, scoring a mere 6 points and grabbing 4 boards. It’s clear he’s still working off the rust from missing all of last year with the foot injury. But a lack of offensive and defensive awareness doesn’t come and go with injuries, and that’s an area he needs to improve upon if he’s going to see consistent starter’s minutes or, dare I say, stay on the roster.
Low-percentage shots are not allowed while Gregg Popovich coaches the Spurs, who scored 78 of their 99 total points from either inside the paint or from behind the 3-point line. Of those non-midrange 78 points, 54 of them came inside the paint – just ask Mirza Teletovic about Boris Diaw.
Deron Williams was engaged throughout, and looked spry on this second night of a back-to-back. It was a game that the Nets never stood even the slimmest of chances to win without D-Will. He finished the game with 24 points on 10-21 shooting to go along with 7 assists, and accounted for 40% of the team’s points while he was on the court.
Jerome Jordan was the first big off the bench against San Antonio Saturday night, and has leapt over Mason Plumlee in the rotation. Jordan played 13 minutes, 5 more than Plumlee. Lionel Hollins has made it clear that production takes precedence over the name on the back of the jersey.
After a night full of ISO-ball, little man-movement, and stagnation from Brooklyn, the Nets shot just 37.4% from the field (34-91) compared to San Antonio’s 51.9% (41-79) clip. The Spurs’ offense shifted through their gears like a transmission to a car that you can’t afford. The Spurs hardly broke a sweat locating open looks.