Nets Bench Play Key to Success

29 Nov

Reggie Evans has been a major difference maker thus far for the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are playing some good basketball right now, and the bench play is a major reason why. The Nets are on an impressive 4-game winning streak with wins over the Knicks, Celtics, and Clippers. The Nets bench is arguably one of the best they’ve had in the history of the franchise. There are so many guys that come in and have the ability to make a major impact on the game. In last night’s game against the Celtics, the bench outscored the starters 52-43. In years past, that would have been unheard of. Guys like Reggie Evans, who I believe is the teams MVP thus far, Andray Blatche, Jerry Stackhouse, and Keith Bogans have been incredible. During the 4-game winning streak, Evans has had 10 or more rebounds in each game. He never gives up on any play and fights for the ball unlike any player I’ve seen. When the Nets need a key rebound down the stretch, Evans is there to save the day. Jerry Stackhouse had 17 points in the win over the Celtics, and was 4 of 5 from three against the Knicks. Each of those three’s were vital to that victory. Who would have ever thought that Jerry Stackhouse would have been playing at this level at any time this year? I know I didn’t. Andray Blatche may be one of the most talented players on the team, and he’s on the bench. He’s a player where you take the good and the bad with, but when Blatche is on, he’s on. You saw a clear of example of that against the Celtics. Blatche finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He got those numbers after Lopez was in foul trouble for the majority of the night, and Humphries was ejected in the confrontation with Garnett and Rondo. In the past, if Lopez and Humphries were out, the games over. There’s only so much guys like Sheldon Williams and Johan Petro could have done in the same spot. The Nets are going to win and lose for the most part with Deron, Joe, Brook, and Gerald. But if one of those guys gets in foul trouble, or is having an off-game, all Avery Johnson has to do is look over his shoulder. It’s a luxury the Nets simply haven’t had in over a decade.

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Posted by on 11/29/2012 in Uncategorized


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