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Though Brook Lopez's injury initially signified doom for the Brooklyn frontcourt, a series of solutions have since popped up, allowing the Nets a portion of their recent success.
The first of which came in the form of Andray Blatche, a talented big man who is beginning to make a name for himself in Brooklyn after being amnestied by the Washington Wizards.
Blatche, a true center, has become an essential facet of the Nets' recent success, having performed admirably after re-signing with the team over the summer. Averaging nearly 12 points and six rebounds in just over 22 minutes of playing time, Blatche has compiled an impressive resume over the course of the 2013-14 season.
Recently, though, he has increased his production as noted by NetsDaily's Tom Lorenzo.
If Blatche can continue this high level of play, Lopez's injury should hardly deter the Nets from living up to their potential.
The second suggestion that Brooklyn can succeed without their leading big man has recently unearthed after the team unleashed a small-ball lineup that has since become a go-to source of production.
Of the five-man groupings that the Nets have tried—excluding ones that include Lopez—three rank significantly above the others in the plus-minus category, per 82games:
After these lineups, which all average between a plus-20 and a plus-30, the next highest plus-minus is a plus-four, coming from a lineup that features two players who were recently traded away.
Garnett's presence at the 5, along with Pierce's inclusion as a stretch-4 have been essential elements that have ensured success from this small-ball set.
Until it breaks, the lineup should be used frequently.