The Brooklyn Nets were riding high on their two game win streak as they cruised into Washington for the first of a quick two game road trip. Unfortunately that didn’t last long, as John Wall and Brandon Jennings ran Brooklyn out of the gym 129-108.
Rumor has it Papa Roach was later heard blaring from the away locker room following the final buzzer… Okay, not really but after blowing out Phoenix the night before Brooklyn was hoping to make this game more competitive.
Archie Goodwin had yet another impressive game off the bench, scoring 10 points on a perfect three of there from the floor. Jeremy Lin had an alright performance with 14 points, three assists, and one rebound on five of thirteen shooting overall while Brook Lopez was a non-factor with six points, two assists, and seven rebounds on three of eight shooting.
The biggest takeaways from this game were that Washington’s point guards destroyed Brooklyn, Bogan Bogdanovic was looking for some revenge on his old team, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had another big game, and both K.J. McDaniels and Hamilton had big nights off the bench again.
Washington’s Point Guards Tore Up Brooklyn
It has been no secret that Brooklyn has struggled all season long against quick, athletic point guards that can drive with ease and dish to teammates when they become open. Both John Wall and Brandon Jennings were both able to pick the Nets apart all game long and it was one of the largest reasons Washington was able to get out to such a gigantic lead.
Wall finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, and four rebounds on nine of sixteen shooting in just 23 minutes of action while Jennings ended with 18 points, nine assists, and three rebounds while going four of six from deep.
Jeremy Lin has struggled defending quick/elusive point guards his entire career, so to see the quickest and most elusive guard in the league have a big night against him isn’t shocking. Lin may have the fastest first step measured but that is an offensive measurement. It is an action, not a reaction. Pairing him next to Randy Foye does no favors either. Unless LeVert switches off a small forward or is playing guard, fast guards will always give this lineup trouble.
The blame of course does not all fall on Lin. Both Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead struggled greatly to slow these players down as well. Brooklyn is going to need to focus on finding a defensive minded guard this offseason or end the Hollis-Jefferson at the four experiment, move him back to small forward, bump LeVert to shooting guard, and find a starting caliber power forward in free agency or the draft.
Bogan Revenge Game?
Seeing Bogan Bogdanovic on the Washington Wizards was a little weird. Watching him toy with his former team to the tune of 17 points, two assists, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block on six of twelve shooting from the floor was a little painful.
Bogdan was finally freed from what I’m sure he viewed as basketball purgatory, so it must have felt good to have a big game against them for his new team. He has found an excellent role as one of the first players off the bench for Washington. He is another gunner off the bench for a team that has increased their chances of making a deep playoff run after adding Jennings and Bogan.
Hollis-Jefferson Has Another Big Night
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has had an up and down season as far as consistency on offense but thankfully last night he was on. He ended with 19 points, two assists, and seven rebounds on nine of thirteen shooting from the floor in 22 minutes of action.