Brooklyn comes to Minnesota having lost their last three to the Bobs, Blazers and Clippers. They are without their starting point guard, Deron Williams. They are without their starting center, Brook Lopez. They are an expensive, new and shiny roster full of former all stars and future hall of famers and they are stinking it up.
Pg Shaun Livingston
Sg Joe Johnson
Sf Paul Pierce
Pf Kevin Garnett
C Andray Blatche
Williams has played in 7 games — ok, he’s finished 5 without leaving due to injury — so some of the difficulties could stem from being without the Nets “elite” point guard. The problem with blaming D-Will’s injuries is he’s got Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson — pretty decent playmakers in their own right, both possessing career averages assist numbers around 4 a game — the Nets have both of those veteran scorers capable of creating for others and they still can’t get it together.
KG is shooting it under 35% for the year, with 8 rebounds and 7 points a night. The jump shots that were such an added bonus to his arsenal of post-ups and offensive rebounds are now all he has. Things should get better once Lopez and D-Will get back up and running — Andrei Kirilenko should help them get easy baskets, once he’s recovered from back spasms, too.
But how long until the next round of injuries ravages this old and brittle group of vets?
Pg Ricky Rubio
Sg Kevin Martin
Sf Corey Brewer
Pf Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
Martin had 10 rebounds and Pek scored 20 points on 13 shots Wednesday night in the loss to the Clippers. There is nothing more to say about that Clippers game besides it’s over, and move on.
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