The early returns on the Nets without Jarrett Jack weren't pretty, specifically for his replacement.
Shane Larkin started at point guard and shot just 2-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-3 from deep, with two assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes.
After the game, Lionel Hollins was asked if his team missed Jack's presence.
"If you want to make excuses, yeah. There's always a rationalization for anything bad that happens, both on the court and in life if you choose to," Hollins said. "But I choose to say that we've got to keep working and getting better."
Jack's injury was really a worst case scenario for the Nets. Not that Larkin doesn't have a decent ceiling, but he just doesn't have the consistency right now to run an offense as a starter. That much was evident on Monday night. Brooklyn's offense looked rudderless, and the guard play in general was flat out bad. The Nets turned the ball over like it was going out of style, and Boston took advantage of the Nets mistakes with 16 fast break points.
I know Larkin took a lot of slack this offseason when Phil Jackson's comments about him became public. And I'm sure he has chomping at the bit to prove his detractors wrong. This is the opportunity he's been waiting for. He needs to seize it. Larkin has had a few games that made me think he could be a very useful piece, but he'll have to put it together night in and night out before I feel comfortable with him as a starter. On Monday, he showed that he's not quite ready for prime time.