Where and How to Attack the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-13
They have received great play from their refurbished bench, as well as from Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Joe Johnson is working his way back to his old form after struggling with his shot early on, and Kris Humphries has seen a slight regression is his scoring due to the overall improvement of the team on the offensive end of the court.
Opposing teams have yet to figure out a surefire way of beating the Nets, but there's one glaring weakness that the opposition needs to learn to attack.
Lopez and Humphries, while they are capable of holding their own on the offensive side of the ball, aren't exactly the greatest post defenders.
Lopez is notorious for not playing defense or rebounding well, while Humphries is a solid rebounder that lacks in overall defense.
Attacking the Nets inside is something that all teams should try to do—regardless of their talent level at power forward and center.
Look at the Cleveland Cavaliers for example.
Anderson Varejao had the night of his career on November 13 against the Nets. He scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, primarily being matched up with Lopez.
It was Varejao's sixth—yes, sixth—career 20-point game. That's over a nine-year NBA career.
Varejao isn't exactly a dominant offensive force in the paint (he's averaged just 7.5 points per game over the course of his career). His outburst earlier in the month is further proof that the Nets can't handle aggressive big men.
While neither of them necessarily "went off," they each dropped 16 points on over 50 percent shooting.
The Nets are giving centers and power forwards too many easy looks and wide open lanes to the basket, making it an easy weakness to exploit. Opposing teams need to start taking advantage of that and working the ball inside against Brooklyn. As of right now, they just aren't able to stop it.
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