Michael Beasley (16.2 points), Enes Kanter (14.3), Jarrett Jack (13.7) and Courtney Lee (13.3) are the only other guys contributing significantly on the offensive end. Taking them out of rhythm makes things much tougher for Hardaway and Porzingis. The last thing the Nets want is those two getting hot.
Fortunately, the numbers are on their side. Brooklyn’s defensive rating of 101.0 is the sixth-lowest mark this month. Slowing the pace down has helped them tremendously. Moreover, they’ve prioritized running other teams off of the three-point line. In their last seven games, the Nets are giving up 23.7 threes a night, which fall at a rate of 31.9 percent.