The numbers support everyone's inital impressions: The Nets' defense, or lack thereof, was to blame for the devastating loss to Portland. Dumpy identifies the Nets' habit of losing shootouts--defined as games when both teams achieve high offensive ratings. And Dumpy is not alone. Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank, Jason Collins all agree: Defense has to get better and fast.
- Dumpy's Statistical Analysis: NJ at Portland, November 22, 2006 - Dumpy - Nets Daily Blog
- Defensive loose ends a sore point - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Fourth downer Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Phoenix, ashes, etc. - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger