It's no secret that the Nets new lineup --small ball, long ball, odd ball-- has one weakness: big athletic teams like the Pistons and Bulls hurt them badly. Take Kevin Garnett out, and things get much worse.
He notes what happened Thursday when Jason Kidd paired his too best defensive bigs:
Against the Bulls Thursday night -- yes, this is an extremely small sample size -- the Kevin Garnett-Kirilenko two-man lineup was extremely effective in 12 minutes, positing a plus-40.9 net efficiency rating (123.7 points per 100 possessions for vs. 82.8 points per 100 possessions against).
He adds that in those 12 minutes, Brooklyn out scored Chicago 24-16. Mazzeo admits it's a small sample size and Kidd would have to watch the duo's minutes, but there's no doubt the team has had issues with the likes of Taj Gibson, Andre Drummond, etc.