Basketball Defense notwithstanding, the Nets are fun to watch again by Jason Goldstein October 25, 2017 Through the first four games of the young season, the Brooklyn Nets are 2-2. I know it’s not much to sneeze at, but one can tell from this small sample size that they are a much better team than they were last season. Losing Jeremy Lin for the season to a ruptured Patella Tendon in the opener was a tough blow to the franchise, but even without him in the lineup they continue to play hard every night for head coach Kenny Atkinson. They could have very well won their third game in a row, but they went cold on Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic and watched a double-digit fourth quarter lead turn into a frustrating 125-121 loss. Regardless of wins/losses, the Nets are fun to watch again. They’re a young, energetic group who loves to get up and down the floor. They have a potential face of the franchise in D’Angelo Russell, and they surrounded him with shooters and athletic wings such as Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Through four games, the Nets lead the league in scoring at 123.5 points per game. They are fifth in rebounds at 47.8 per game, and tenth in field goal percentage at 46.6%. Defensively, they are not faring quite as well. Teams are getting into the paint against them almost at will. Rookie Jarrett Allen has shown flashes in limited minutes, but the Nets are currently lacking an experienced rim protector. They also struggle against mobile centers who can step out and shoot three-pointers. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Indiana’s Myles Turner have both had their way with Brooklyn’s interior defense. Timofey Mozgov looks a step slow defensively, so Allen’s development will have a direct impact on the team’s defensive improvement. Their first real litmus test comes on Wednesday night when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers invade Barclays Center. If the Nets can hang tough with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, they will continue to prove to themselves and the rest of the NBA that they should be taken seriously. A new era of Brooklyn Nets basketball has arrived, it is just going to take a while to get to where they want to be. Post Views: 1,260 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Jason Goldstein Jason Goldstein is a co host of the Baseline Jumper NBA podcast, recording every Tuesday night along Ben McDonald. Jason has also spent time as the Basketball Editor at DoubleGSports.com while also handling the Brooklyn Nets Lead Writer duties since October 2015. Latest posts by Jason Goldstein (see all) Will Weaver Named Head Coach of the Long Island Nets - July 17, 2018 Sean Marks sets up Nets for Future with more Brilliant Moves - July 13, 2018 Brooklyn Nets Strike Early in Free Agency - July 1, 2018 Nets land Dwight Howard in trade from Hornets - June 20, 2018 Related TopicsAllen CrabbeBrooklyn NetsCaris LeVertD'Angelo RussellDeMarre CarrollJarrett AllenJeremy LinKenny AtkinsonRondae Hollis-JeffersonTimofey Mozgov Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 How To Avoid Scams When Purchasing Football Tickets Online by Guest | posted on July 23, 2020 Lochte, Dressel and Ledecky all Chasing Gold at 2021 Tokyo Olympics by Anthony Paradiso | posted on April 18, 2021 You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 19, 2021 You Know I’m Right, Episode 110: New York Giants’ Insider Paul Dottino (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 21, 2021 More in Basketball You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video) On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video) On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 97: SNY’s Michelle Margaux (Audio/Video) On the 97th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined SNY’s... WNBA Rolling Out Red Carpet For Upcoming 25th Anniversary Season The WNBA’s 25th season also marks the debut of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup. Enes Kanter Shining for the Knicks in Loss to Celtics Should Sixers Fans Worry About Markelle Fultz?