In the wake of Brook Lopez's season-ending injury, the Nets' big men need to elevate their game for Brooklyn to weather this perfect storm.

Scoring: D

Since Lopez went down, Kevin Garnett has been installed as the starting center, with Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee backing him up, primarily. KG has struggled offensively in general this season, averaging 6.7 points per game on 37.2% shooting from the field, both career-lows by far. Additionally, in the past two games starting at center, Garnett has really struggled, shooting just 5-of-17 (29.4%) from the field. All in all, Garnett has posted just a 98.7 Offensive Rating (team points per 100 possessions with him on the court) this year, and a 93.5 Offensive Rating over the last two games.

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Jason Kidd has simplified things on defense, and the early returns have been mixed:

Possessions: B-

This is where the Nets have shown the most improvement. ?Prior to their loss to the Wizards, the Nets were holding teams to 96.2 defensive rating since December 7. That was good for third best in the NBA over that stretch. Some of that is credit to a much more productive offense, which has bucked the one-and-done trend as of late, and some can probably be contributed to some of the softer opponents the Nets have been facing (like Milwaukee, who couldn't hit the ocean from the dock).

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