New Jersey Nets: Breaking Down Their Week 3 Performance

November 15th, 2010 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
It was an interesting week of NBA basketball for the New Jersey Nets.

They played well while shorthanded, but fell short twice in very close games.

The running theme of this season for New Jersey is improvement. Are they getting better game-to-game and week-to-week?

For the most part they are, which I will get in to shortly.

First, here's a quick recap of the week:

vs. Cleveland, L, 93-91 at Cleveland, W, 95-87 vs. Orlando, L, 91-90 The Nets were 1-2 on the week, are 3-6 overall and sit at second in the Atlantic Division.

Avery Johnson put an emphasis on improving toughness and aggression in games. He was particularly upset with the play of Brook Lopez and what he termed the center's "tissue paper" defense.

There was some drama surrounding Lopez when he was on the sideline during the final minutes of their game in Cleveland. Johnson also called a timeout less than one minute into the game when hosting Cleveland, specifically to yell at Lopez.

The young center responded against Orlando by posting 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He did not back down or appear intimidated by the Magic, as ...

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