There were glimpses, moments where you thought the Nets might actually claw their way back into this one. A nice pass by Jarrett Jack, or some good ball movement by the team, and you thought, hey, maybe tonight would be the night, that they’d run their flex offense for 48 minutes, pepper the ball around to get open shots.
But instead, the Nets wasted another opportunity against another undermanned team to win another game, dropping their fourth in a row and their first at home in the streak. For every moment Bojan Bogdanovic cut into the lane for an easy layup, there was another where the Nets looked lifeless, unwilling or unable to close out a game once again.
Lionel Hollins has a lot of work to do.
Fired out of the gate, with seven quick points to open the game, including one pretty mid-range jumper off a deadly crossover when Chris Bosh was switched onto him defensively. Nicked three steals by the second quarter, the third leading to this beaut of a pass to Bojan Bogdanovic for a layup:
But after that, it was all downhill: unlike his performance in the past three games, where he’d played good defense but had some tough shots hit in his face, Williams struggled to stay in front of Mario Chalmers, and then missed eight straight shots after his hot start.
Close to the ideal Bojan Bogdanovic game: splashed his open threes, cut to the basket at the right times for easy layups, didn’t spearhead the offense or take bad shots, and even got under James Ennis’s skin in the fourth quarter. But he can’t be their primary scorer if they expect to make noise in the Eastern Conference.
Some great help defense early and late and got some big rebounds down the stretch but if he’s the only one playing like he gives a damn his 38-year-old legs aren’t single-handedly bringing the Nets back.
A step backward after a nice game Saturday night.
Weird first quarter for Lopez: when matched up against Shawne Williams, a matchup you’d expect him to dominate, Lopez bricked two shots, then turned into oddly distributive Lopez, throwing one bad pass out of bounds before picking up two quick assists.
Foul trouble rendered him a non-factor for the first three quarters, and he only played uneventful seconds in the fourth.
Has taken some legitimately terrible shots this season, an the first half was no different.
But late came a glimmer of hope: his best decision-making of the night came in the third quarter, when he threw a semi-no-look dish to Mirza Teletovic on the fast-break instead of pulling up for a mid-range jumper, as has been his wont thus far this year.
Then in the fourth, Jack didn’t settle for mid-range shots, getting in the lane for layups, foul calls, and an incredible feed to Jerome Jordan behind his back for the slam.
Picked up early minutes, perhaps as a statement to the other big men on the team, partially because of foul trouble, and didn’t play his way of the floor. Set solid screens, played decent defense, and put down the best Brooklyn dunk of the night off the aforementioned alley-oop feed from Jack in the fourth quarter.
He snuck onto this team in training camp and he’s playing like he doesn’t have plans to leave.
Struggled on both ends of the floor and needs to get back to basics. Who’da thunk Plumlee would be mired in a position battle with Jerome Jordan in his second year?