Before the game, coach Jason Kidd threw an interesting wrinkle into the game plan, as he chose to use a small starting lineup of Shaun Livingston, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for the first time.
The unconventional lineup helped ignite a 31-point first quarter, and the rotation seemed sharp throughout the night as nine different players scored at last five points.
After shooting a crisp 4-of-5 from behind the arc, Jason Terry told reporters that the Nets had a good rhythm going, and he credited Kidd's lineup change as a spark.
[sny-box]"I think [Kidd] changed the lineup and he put a lineup out there that was very explosive. They got off to an outstanding start, so as a bench group coming in, you want to maintain the start that they got, and we just fed off of it. The energy was great all night long."[/sny-box]
It certainly helps when you're playing perhaps the worst team in the NBA, but the Nets don't have to apologize for anything. The schedule is about to get pretty unfriendly starting tonight, so it was crucial for Brooklyn to end their losing streak as soon as possible. They did what they needed to do on Friday.
Going forward, this gauntlet of a three-game road trip is likely to make like very difficult for Jason Kidd and company, especially with Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko unlikely to make the trip at all. Nevertheless, if the Nets can play good team basketball with the energy and effort they had on Friday, the results will come.
Regardless, it was nice to see them in rhythm and in sync as a team, and Kidd's tweak to the starting lineup and the rotation seemed to do a lot of good. For all the criticism the rookie coach has gotten, his willingness to shake things up has netted positive results. Now, it's time to find something that works on a consistent basis.