Normally, the Nets don’t need Evans to score many points, since Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson really take care of that. But with Johnson sidelined, Evans has been a consistent source of offense.
And even while he’s scored some more points, his rebounding has still been off the charts. He gives the Nets a complete effort every night, though sometimes it doesn’t look too pretty – especially from the free-throw line.
For the season, Evans is averaging 4.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The scoring numbers are a bit low for a starting power forward, but the rebounding is of course his forte.
But since March 6, Evans is averaging 8.6 points and a whopping 16.4 rebounds per game. His big performance from Wednesday night has certainly padded those numbers, but examining the box scores, he still has been more consistent this month at the offensive end.
During that stretch, the Nets are 8-3, including 6-2 on the road. The Nets will need some help from the Knicks and Pacers to finish above the No. 4 seed, so winning on the road will be critical for Brooklyn in the playoffs.
Evans’ offensive explosion has not only contributed to greater production from the first unit, but it also has kept Andray Blatche succeeding with the second unit. When Evans struggled offensively, it forced P.J. Carlesimo to play Blatche and Lopez together – which certainly was effective – but now the team is much more balanced.
Hopefully, Evans channels his March energy to finish the regular season strong and carry his impressive play into the playoffs. The Nets are going to need their bruiser to keep bruising in the postseason.
Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.