Mike Mazzeo and Tim Bontemps crunch the numbers on the Brook Lopez - Mason Plumlee combo and the result, to be kind is ugly. The twin towers concept isn't working, at all. As Bontemps notes, not by the eye test, not by the deep stats.
Here's Bontemps take...
In 61 minutes this season, including 13 in the past two games against the Celtics and Pacers, the Nets have been outscored by over 17 points per 100 possessions when that duo has been on the floor together, including being outscored 20-12 in seven minutes in Friday’s win in Boston, and being outscored 16-7 in six minutes in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Pacers.
Mazzeo who wrote about the combo's issues following the Indiana game, takes a longer view, trying to determine which of the Nets five-player units do the best job. Here's Mazzeo's take...
Nets coach Lionel Hollins played Plumlee and Lopez together for six minutes and Williams and Jack together for 13 minutes in Brooklyn’s 110-85 loss to the Pacers. The Nets were outscored by nine points while the Plumlee-Lopez combo was on the floor, producing a net rating of negative-77.1. Meanwhile, they were outscored by 12 while the Williams-Jack combo was on the floor, producing a net rating of negative-41.6.
Using those measures, Mazzeo says the Nets most effective units are the starting five and the late game small ball unit. Both also take a look at Mirza Teletovic's continuing slump, Not to mention Bojan Bogdanovic's.
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