With questions swirling around Brooklyn's interior defense, Wednesday night's matchup in the paint presents an opportunity for Brook Lopez to establish his presence as a solid defender.
It's no secret that Avery Johnson isn't happy with the way his team is defending and he made it known, according to Newsday's Roderick Boone.
We haven't had the type of defensive intensity, physicality, that I'm looking for. This team does not have the personality that I thought it would have at this point. That's been somewhat of a disappointment. Are they trying? Yes. Is anybody panicking? No. But we should have a little bit more of a physicality.
The Nets will see that physicality when Tyson Chandler does battle with Lopez on Wednesday night. Known for his tenacious defense and rim-attacking ability, Chandler will undoubtedly pose a threat to Brooklyn's inside defense, a trouble spot for the Nets.
As seen this preseason, the Nets have allowed teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics dominate them on the inside, and Lopez is much to blame for that.
Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande pokes fun at Lopez's defensive abilities, tweeting:
This will be Lopez's last chance to bolster his interior defense before he sees Chandler and the Knicks again when the Nets open up the regular season at home against New York on Nov. 1.