“We wanted the other guys to make plays and keep the ball out of Kevin Durant's hands as much as possible,” Nets guard Joe Johnson said. “So those other guys were shooting and they just weren't making shots.”
And until Westbrook returns from his latest surgery, Durant can get used to it.
“In this specific situation,” Nets guard Shaun Livingston said, “it definitely does make it easier to double Durant with Westbrook off the floor.”
Brooks said: “We will watch it and address it tomorrow. And get better from it, hopefully, and move on to the next game because a lot of teams are going to do that. Most teams will do that.”
For the foreseeable future, the onus to fix this issue falls mostly on Durant, who must identify the pressure quicker and learn from his past mistakes.
But pressure also falls on both the coaches, who must counter with some different schemes, and his teammates, who must alleviate the pressure by hitting more shots, particularly late in the game.
Should be interesting to watch.