Consistency strikes Nets against Memphis

It is still early in the season, but so far this season is looking a lot like the last season with the Nets consistently playing inconsistent. After a 7-game losing streak the Nets regained confidence with 3 big wins all on the West coast and all they had to do to be above .500 again was beat the 4-9 Memphis Grizzlies on their home court in New Jersey, but failed to take advantage of the opportunity and are now 7-8 and one game below being .500.*

The key stats that jumped out at me while trying to determine what went wrong was the bench points. The Grizzlies had total of 33 points from the bench on 11 of 23 shooting while the Nets bench only put up 13 points (Nachbar 6, and Sean Williams 7) on 4 of 14 from the field. Also for the first time this season RJ and Carter both had big games, but Jefferson missed several wide open shots which could have changed the results of the game.

Missed shots, dunks, layups and poor defense is the main reason why the Nets lost. The Nets simply weren\’t focused and weren\’t playing with the passion that a team needs to have to be considered a contender.

Notes: Malik Allen who started the previous 3 games (which were all wins) didn\’t play a single minute against the Grizzlies and Magloire was once against glued to the bench. Also Vince Carter was in the starting line up for the first time since he suffered his ankle injury on November 10th against Boston.

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