Go small or go home? When you’re 11-21 and just beat one of the best teams in the NBA, why not?
That’s the new philosophy the Brooklyn Nets should choose to live by for the time being, as coach Jason Kidd should continue to use an undersized Paul Pierce at the starting power forward position the way he did during Thursday night’s shocking victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Pierce clearly enjoyed the switch, as he finished the night with 18 points. The proposition of going with a smaller lineup would’ve seemed preposterous in years past, but the Miami Heat have made it clear with three straight NBA Finals appearances and back-to-back championships that it can be successful if executed properly.
Of course, they have the talent of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to make up for that lack of size, but the Nets could certainly strike bits of gold these days with Pierce at the power forward slot given that Kevin Garnett has struggled mightily all season. Mirza Teletovic isn’t much of a threat on the inside at that position either, so combating the size of power forwards with Pierce’s finesse and shooting touch could continue to pay dividends.
Maybe smaller could be better, but the Nets will never know either way if they don’t keep trying it out. It’s not like they have much to lose at this point.
Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.