While it’s unclear how many minutes Okafor’s going to play, his archaic style is refreshing for a team who’s deeply invested in the three-point shot. Having a back-to-the-basket player helps keeps the defense honest. If Okafor gets hot and begins to draw double teams, that’ll leave the shooters open, and don’t forget that they’ve been feeling it lately.
The Brooklyn Nets offense could easily go on a couple of runs against Minnesota. Tom Thibodeau, despite being a defensive guy, hasn’t whipped his team into shape yet. They allow 109.8 points per 100 possessions, and it’s in Brooklyn’s best interest to keep the pace as fast as possible. Minnesota doesn’t get out and run often despite having the personnel.