The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]The Nets weathered the early storm as the Pacers came out hot and shooting it well while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both picked up two quick fouls. Brooklyn's depth showed with the second unit picking them up behind Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson all playing big roles. Joe Johnson had a breakout game and helped the Nets stay close throughout the second half and in the end Brooklyn could not finish the game once again.
Four Nets players (Joe Johnson - 17, Deron Williams - 17, Brook Lopez - 16, Paul Pierce - 15) scored in double figures.
Deron Williams rebounded from his poor play in Washington to score 17 points and 10 assists in 32 minutes of play.
Mason Plumlee played well in his 15 minutes going 3-for-5 to score six points, grabbed three rebounds and had two blocks to energize Brooklyn.
Johnson kept the Nets in the game for most the night and was extremely proficient in his time on the floor scoring 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting but missed a game tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
This game did not start well for the Nets as they allowed Indiana to get open looks and uncontested shots in the first quarter but the bench came in and changed the entire flow of the game with their defense and intensity.
Lopez did not have a good night facing Roy Hibbert, who he usually dominates, but Mason Plumlee did his best in his minutes to help up front. Plumlee was a pleasant surprise throughout the game and it looks like Reggie Evans is the odd man out of the big man rotation right now.
KG had a mammoth slam to start the fourth and got the crowd electrified in a way that Brooklyn has not seen since it arrival in the borough last year. He followed it up with stellar defense that lit a fire under the rest of the team and sparked a run.
The Nets simply could not find and answer for wide open David West's foul line jumpers and the early MVP play of Paul George.
The referees had a huge effect on this game which is unacceptable in today's day and age of NBA basketball with all of the ticky tack screening fouls and delay of game calls. The Nets were called for four illegal screens in this game.
Let the players decide the game and remain in the background. I am not blaming the loss on the referees but every time the Nets got some type of momentum it was squashed by some kind of foul call.
Brooklyn is now 2-4 and searching for answers on how to finish these close games.
Brooklyn will have a few days off before they embark on their first west coast trip that takes them to Sacramento to play the Kings on Wednesday night. Tip is at 10:00 PM.