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Brooklyn Nets install zone defenses, could debut vs. Philadelphia 76ers

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Is it a test, a pilot program, perhaps even a desperation move?  Word out of Wednesday's shootaround is that the Nets have installed some zone defenses in the past few days.  It could debut vs. the 76ers, a woeful team on offense.

The Nets of course have been a defensive disaster despite Hollins hopes, dreams and priorities.  In the Sixers, they will face the NBA's worst offense and so it would seem smart that the Nets coaching staff start testing the zone tonight.  There are issues, like whether Brook Lopez, as the zone's centerpiece, is up to the task of calling out switches.  Of course, Hollins could use Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee in that role.  We should find out in a few hours.