Position Grades for Brooklyn Nets Through Week 4

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Position Grades for Brooklyn Nets Through Week 4

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The Brooklyn Nets finished the fourth week of action at 5-14 which is still good enough for fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets dropped three of four for the week and show no signs of improving that record anytime soon. Injuries continue to be a problem for this team as Paul Pierce went down down with a wrist injury for 2-4 weeks. Alan Anderson gets a shot to make his mark, but he has not made the most of his opportunities so far. Deron Williams is sill out with his ankle problems while Brook Lopez has finally returned from his various injuries.

Bench players Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko have not seen any playing time in weeks, and their return is still up in the air. Kevin Garnett continues to struggle with everything, and has not found his footing this season. Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson have continued to carry the offense, but their outburst has not been good enough to carry the team to many victories.

Jason Kidd has been the talk of the league with his old school coaching tactics and Don Corleone demotion orders for Lawrence Frank. There seems to be a dark cloud following and hovering over this team since the start. No matter their issues there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. The Nets are still less than three games back for the division lead. With players returning from injuries they still have a chance to make a run unless someone in the division gets hot and runs away.

Here are my position grades for week 4.

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5. Point Guards

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Deron William has not returned from injury yet, and his scoring and play-making skills are missed.

Shawn Livingston has continued to struggle after a solid start when Williams went down.

Tyshawn Taylor has replaced Livingston as the starting point guard as has put up pretty decent numbers

Grade D

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4. Shooting Guards

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Joe Johnson has picked up his game in the last few days and is trying to step up and be a leader for this team.

Jason Terry has not played this week and continues to nurse his injuries.

Alan Anderson has stepped into the starting position for the injured Paul Pierce and has not made the most of his opportunities.

Grade B

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3. Small Forwards

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Paul Pierce is sidelined with an injury and won't be back for 2-4 weeks.

Andrei Kirilenko is still nursing a bad back and has not seen the court this week.

Tornike Shengelia's minutes have increased with the injury bug taking a bite out of the lineup on a daily basis. He has played pretty well in 17 minutes a game.

Grade F

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2. Power Forwards

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Kevin Garnett has continued to struggle, and I still believe he is better served coming off the bench.

Reggie Evans has sat and watched as his minutes and production has decreased.

Mirza Teletovic started out strong this week but has recently started to fade into the background with his current struggles.

Grade D

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1. Centers

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Brook Lopez returned from injury and has picked up right where he left off, dominating.

Andray Blatche continues to make his case for a starting role with another strong week off the bench.

Mason Plumlee has played well filling in for injured and demoted players as well.

Grade A

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