We had Amir Johnson guarding Paul Pierce, who as good as a defender he is, shouldn’t be covering a guy like Paul Pierce on the perimeter. Pierce faked him out easily, which prompted slight help from Lowry, whose man went to the perimeter and Lowry’s close-out was too hard. Pierce flared back out and Johnson was caught: he had to either help on the driving William, or go back out to cover Pierce, on which he was late. A case could be made that it was Valanciunas’ rotation to be made on the driving Pierce, but the bottom line is this: It’s tough to survive one perimeter fake which leads to a drive, very difficult to survive two. And the Nets are full of veterans that can execute perimeter fakes very effectively – look out for this in the series.
- Season in Review
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