Re: Nets one-quarter collapse phenomenon
It's about mental toughness. Every team in the NBA goes on 8-0 run or 12-2 run. The Nets allow a rare type of beating to occur to them though. They completely collapse in one selective quarter (usually second or third) and get blown out by 15-25 just in that one quarter alone. We know that if a team went on a run against the Heat, LeBron or Wade would take charge and stop the bleeding and change the momentum. We've had Deron, Joe and Brook try to take charge when things are going bad, but the game only gets worse. The Nets should not EVER ****ing face a 20 point whooping in one quarter alone. Yet, they have faced a 20 point quarter whooping more times than I can remember. All of the Nets losses except two or three have been because of a double digit deficit quarter.
We need the bench to come out and give the first punch in the second quarter and we need our starters to come alive in the third quarter. Particularly Deron Williams. Gerald needs to assert himself 200% more on the offense end. The Nets didn't envision giving him 40 million for just defense. Which is not like he's a lock down defender. He needs to drive and slash to the basket like he's capable of doing and post up a bit more and run some Hi-Low with Brook. The scouting report on him right now is " Leave Wallace open and never double team, instead, sag a bit close to Deron, Joe or Brook because Wallace isn't a scoring threat". We can't fork over 40 million for a non-threat type player on the offensive end. We need 15 a night from him.
And Deron has some serious ground to me up. Stack publicly insulted him badly saying how the offense is much better without him and saying Joe should demand the ball more. What a ****ing prick. Why is Stack slyly whispering in Joe's ear telling him to "demand the ball more". Nonetheless, Deron needs to start creating easier shots for Joe and others. Joe was super, super efficient against the Nuggets and that was all on ball movement and open shots from passing. We need Deron to do that for him too.