Has Jason Kidd realized that the offense needs to run through Brook Lopez if the Brooklyn Nets are to be successful?
Lopez had another dominating performance last night as the Nets defeated another NBA bottom-feeder. The Milwaukee Bucks were not a true measuring stick, but the Nets will take any victory they can get right now to help build confidence.
Kidd continued to toy with his starting lineup as he decided to start struggling Shawn Livingston and sit the up-and-coming Tyshawn Taylor. Alan Anderson continued his Paul Pierce impersonation while Kevin Garnett continued his disappointing act once again. Joe Johnson played a nice solid game, but he still has to assert himself more on the offensive end to give the Nets a formidable inside and outside threat.
The Nets now sit 2.5 games out of first place on the Atlantic Division after the victory and are still in striking distance. The win came right in time for a small confidence builder as the Nets hope to get Deron Williams back from injury in time for the game against the Boston Celtics this coming Tuesday.
There is still no time table on the return of their two most important bench players, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry. If the Nets want to find a way out of this hole, then the health of those two players are important. They bring another dimension to the second unit that is struggling to generate any offense, and the ability to stop any opponent.
Kidd has to be smiling after this game, but he has to know that his days are numbered in the back of his mind. He has a stretch of tough games coming up, and the front office seems to be intent on sticking with the first year head coach instead of going with someone with more experience — for now. Only time will tell if this victory will springboard the Nets into a winning streak, but at least they got the first one out the way.