Originally Posted by hateraid
I bet the big men on that team have the mentality to already sprint down the court cause Kidd is gonna grab the board and transition quickly. That's why the bigs aren't getting the boards.
that's one of the reasons:
the reason Kidd rebounds so well:
33% of the time, if the Nets get a gang rebound clear out, the big men will simply let Kidd take the board (even if the big men are in position)
33% of the time, Kidd knows his missed his own shot or that someone else is going to miss a shot so he tracks the ball the instant it comes down and is ready to rebound the ball where it lands or is ready to anticipate the steal.
33% of the time, Kidd uses his 6'4" frame and hangs out in the midpost area. remember, he's not some 6'1" thin guard. he's 6'4" and pretty buff (though he's not ripped) so he has a good advantage getting boards.
anyway, the real reason the Nets are sucking it up right now? lack of a player who commands double teams. note this is not an excuse for their poor record. just analyzing why they are not taking advantage of a home heavy schedule early on.
when the Nets were 4-1, they won against 4 mediocre teams by playing defense (averaging 89PPG for the opponents on 40% FG, would be even lower if not for the Chicago OT game) and barely scrapping together enough offense. Carter may be struggling, but with RJ getting the All Star numbers, things were not too different from years past. (the thing is even struggling, Carter demands the double team and RJ can roam around single coverage or wide open for his very efficient looks) but their frontline, while deeper than ever before, never quite got into synch because the Nets don't run many plays in the low blocks and the erratic substitution patterns are throwing a lot of guys off (Magloire, Allen, Boone) Moreover, Krstic is still about 10 months removed from ACL surgery. those things take about 12-15 months to recover fully and have the player regain his explosiveness, lift, timing, etc... right now, everytime he gets deep post position he screws the shot up. every time he is open on the perimeter, he hesitates. in essence, KRstic is not the 17/7 center the Nets saw early last year. Hopefully, they will see him again, but who knows at this point?
so last night the Nets started
btw SWilliams committed three fouls on DHoward in one minute in the first quarter. Williams can play well against KG because Williams has more muscle mass than KG, but not against the manbeast in Howard.
anyway, with that starting lineup, the scouting report simply becomes
1) get back on transition defense
2) pack the paint and dare the Nets to shoot
well.... it worked to perfection. Kidd and RJ combined 8-33 with a sleuth of missed layups (nothing to do with refs. just good collapsing defense whenever there is Nets penetration)
moreover, Nachbar and Wright and spot up shooters. when you force them to put the ball on the floor, they tend to miss.
so all in all, the Nets still play hard on defense and fight for every loose ball, but comon.. look at the roster that played last night. offensively, they are no better than the Hawks.