Rotation Changes Coming in Brooklyn?
The worst defensive effort of the season was encapsulated in the bucket that sealed the Nets’ defeat.
David Lee, the Knick castaway, was all alone in the paint, not a Net in the vicinity. It might as well have been a private practice session as he slammed it home with 37 seconds left, capping his monster game in a 109-102 Golden State victory Friday night.
The Nets (11-7) realize they’re in trouble, riding down a slippery slope toward a lost identity.
Coach Avery Johnson was so discouraged by the effort Friday night that he discussed overhauling the system, whether it was a defense that allowed 50 points in the paint, the bench rotation or the inexplicable malaise.“Our problem is defense,” he said. “We are not the same team defensively. Everything is on the table right now in terms of trying to figure out how to get our team out of this defensive funk.”What about the bench, which squandered an early lead and was generally outplayed?
“We need to analyze our rotations,” Johnson said.