The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t wait to take the floor again after their lackluster performance against the Detroit Pistons. The opponent didn’t matter because all the Nets wanted to do was prove they are not the same team that got stomped by the Pistons.
The New Orleans Pelicans just happened to be the next team on the Nets’ schedule and they paid the price. The Pelicans were coming off an impressive victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves and thought they had the Nets on the ropes after their defeat to the Pistons. However, Mason Plumlee had something else in mind as he posted career-highs in points and rebounds and showed Jason Kidd why he deserves more minutes.
With the Nets’ starting unit playing limited minutes, no one scored in double digits for the first time this season. The Nets bench gladly picked up the slack and carried their team to victory while giving the starters some much-needed rest.
The Nets are healthy, stacked two-deep at every position and seem focused on making up for lost time. Now Kidd has to fiddle and find a rotation that will keep everyone happy while still being able to keep their current chemistry going. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get all the ink in the papers, but guys like Mirza Teletovic, Plumlee, Alan Anderson and Andray Blatche have kept this team afloat during the seasons’s tumultuous beginnings.
Now, everyone seems to be on the same page and this team has the look of a group that is ready to make a serious run at a championship. They may be undersized, but they have an abundance of veteran leadership and poise that will carry them into the postseason.
The Pelicans just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and ran into a team that is coming into their own. The preseason hype has died off a bit, and now the Nets can exhale and do what they have done best since the start of 2014: win.