Sounds so easy. Deron Williams told reporters after the Pacers game that he needs to be more "aggressive" in his play.
"I need to play better," Williams said. "I need to be more aggressive for us to have a chance, especially with Brook going down." He admitted that he hasn't played well. Asked specifically what he needs to do, D-Will repeated, "I just have to be more aggressive."
One thing he might want to do is shoot more. In the last five games, Mirza Teletovic has taken 60 shots, Williams 51. In fact, in that stretch, he has averaged fewer shots than Teletovic and Joe Johnson and less than one shot per game more than Paul Pierce. This from a guy whose 57-point performance against Charlotte in March 2012 is the highest single game total in five years ... and the Nets record. (His 20 assist game that same month is the third highest single game total in that same five-year stretch.)
It's not that his numbers are bad. In the last five games, he's averaged 15.4 points, shot 47.1% (24-of-51) overall, 33.3% (5-of-15) from deep in 33 minutes. In the last three, the scoring ... and shots ... have dropped off, to 13.7 per game but the percentages have gone up to 53.3% and 44.4%.
His coach was asked if D-Will needs to play better. "I need everybody to be better," Kidd said. "We can only do it as a team and it’s not going to be one person. It can’t be just Deron. It can’t be just KG or Paul. It’s got to be the whole team on a nightly basis, and right now we’re not getting that."
In other words, yes.
- Sagging Nets need more from Deron Williams - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Under Jason Kidd, Brooklyn Nets continue post-halftime struggles - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
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- Delayed reaction, and I'm still depressed - Chris Hooker - The Brooklyn Game
- Can Plumlee Step Up? - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal