OK, so The Nets minus Lopez are not expected to beat the Heat (trust me, I get that), but how many times can we just allow other teams to get easy layups while they pretend to play zone defense. Their zone causes unfavorable match-ups, puts everyone out of position so they can't rebound, and possession after possession after possession it allows opposing teams to get WIDE OPEN LAYUPS.
The Heat are a great team, fine...but the Nets had a lot of trouble stopping the Charlotte Bobcats (and every other team that they've played this year). When they play man defense, at least they are competitive, but when in zone they give up a basket almost play.
Why would we want Kris Humphries guarding guys at the 3 point line when he can be defending a post player under the basket where he would be in position for a rebound? I have coached basketball, so maybe this is just obvious to me, but shouldn't this be common sense for an NBA Coach (and ex-player/Champion)? "If it aint broke don't fix it" right? Their defense is as broken as it can be...FIX IT! It's February. "We didn't have a real training camp" is no longer an excuse!
Every time I see Avery with his fist up (as opposed to 5 fingers which means man defense), I want to throw up. I know a basket for the other team is coming.
Avery, PLEASE STOP PLAYING ZONE DEFENSE. Either the coaches don't understand it or the players aren't good enough to execute it...but it doesn't work. If you want proof...watch any Nets game this year!!
I would love to see more than 3 wins at home in the last year in Newark. It won't happen unless the Nets defend someone.
(If anyone knows where there may be a statistic about opposing team's FG% while we play zone, please send it. I bet it's over 60%. It's historically bad)