The Brooklyn Nets are showing they don’t care what country they play in, because they play to win.
Joe Johnson showed the Atlanta Hawks what they have been missing for the past two seasons. He torched them for 29 points and led the Nets to their sixth win of the new year. Without Deron Williams, many felt the Nets were going to sink deeper in the standings, but unlike last month when they were dealing with the loss of Brook Lopez, the Nets have figured out they are much more than the William and Lopez show.
Johnson and Andray Blatche have carried this team since their All-Star teammates have been gone with injuries, and the win today was just another reason why they have to be feared heading into the All-Star break. Jason Kidd is starting to look like a genius with his small-ball lineup and the Nets are showing they have complete trust in their first year coach.
The Hawks are where the Nets were in the beginning of the season. They are trying to find a lineup they feel can get results after they lost their own All-Star player in Al Horford for the season. They lack the size to compete inside, so they must rely on a ton of perimeter and three-point shots to get offense. The lone bright spot for the Hawks during their loss was that sharp shooter Kyle Korver extended his league record streak of 106 games to 107 with a corner three in the fourth quarter.
The Nets will hop on a plane headed back to the USA in high spirits. They represented the NBA better than any team could, and now it’s time to get back home and continue to make Brooklyn proud.