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Joe Johnson And Improved Brooklyn Nets Defense Key In Victory Over Atlanta Hawks

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks are both trying to figure out how to survive without their All-Star centers.

The Nets entered the game on a two-game winning streak while the Hawks came in losers of two straight. The replacements in the middle for both teams are as different as night and day. Kevin Garnett has played his way to the Hall of Fame while Pero Antic should be getting water for players that deserve to wear an NBA jersey.

Joe Johnson has not put together a great string of games yet this season, but every now and then he shows signs of being a dominant player. With Deron Williams sitting out another game due to more ankle problems the Nets needed someone to step up and score.

Jason Kidd was forced to tweak his lineup once again and the players answered the call. Since the turn of the calendar, the Nets have been one of the best teams in the league with a 3-0 record. The Nets has been playing with a renewed focus on defense, and the results has shown with a three-game wining streak.

At some point we knew that a team of veteran players would get their act together and show what made them such great players individually in the first place. Paul Pierce, Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko have all been leaders of their own teams, but they were paired together and it took some time for all parties to understand how to give and take in the early goings of the season. They now seem to have an understanding of each other and seem to have brought into Kidd’s new changes which has resulted in a new beginning for the Nets.