The Brooklyn Nets had to weather a poor performance from point guard Deron Williams on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Williams put up just six points and five assists while shooting 1-9 from the floor in 32 minutes. However, it ultimately didn’t matter as the Nets escaped with a 114-99 win.
While Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce both had big nights, you could argue that Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche were the biggest factors in the victory. Plumlee put up 13 points, eight rebounds and a block in 23 minutes while Blatche finished with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 7-11 shooting in 21 minutes.
With Kevin Garnett still out of the lineup and his return date not really being set at this point, Plumlee and Blatche have been seeing the bulk of the workload in the Nets’ frontcourt. Recently they have been struggling a bit, but they certainly weren’t struggling on Sunday night when they were facing off with the Wolves.
Though Garnett is more than likely going to be back on the floor when the postseason rolls around, Blatche and Plumlee could be vital to the Nets’ potential success in the postseason.
Obviously a healthy Garnett is the biggest key for Brooklyn, but he’ll more than likely still not be capable of playing huge minutes in the rotation. As a result, Blatche and Plumlee will still be playing larger roles on this team, meaning that they’re going to have to consistently play at a high level for this team to succeed.
While it wouldn’t hurt to have Williams play consistently well, the playoffs are going to call for Blatche and Plumlee to be at their best on a near nightly basis. They’ve shown they can be quite good on occasion, but we’ll see in the postseason if they can help carry Brooklyn to some sort of success.