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Friday, April 26, 2013
Wallace frustrated, wants defined role

By Mike Mazzeo

Gerald Wallace, Luol Deng
Gerald Wallace is in the midst of an identity crisis.
Gerald Wallace has had a tough year.

He got off to a decent start, but by the end of the regular season Wallace admitted that he’d lost all confidence in his jump shot.

The 30-year-old veteran went 5-for-7 from the field and scored 14 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but shot a combined 3-for-15 from the field in Games 2 and 3.

After practice Friday, Wallace admitted to reporters in Chicago, “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”

Yikes.

“I think we’re going through a tough time right now and that’s what playoffs are all about,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said, according to the New York Daily News. “We’re all frustrated. And we have to -- I have to -- do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we perform the way we’re capable of performing.”

According to NBA.com’s stats man John Schuhmann, the Nets are a minus-26 in 42 minutes over the past two games with Wallace and Reggie Evans on the court together. In the other 54 minutes, they are a plus-15.

Carlesimo told reporters in Chicago that he would not change his starting lineup, but added that if the team’s offense continues to struggle, he would go to his bench earlier than usual.

The Nets shot 35.4 percent in Game 2, and 34.6 percent in Game 3 -- their seventh-lowest shooting percentage in any playoff game since 1985-86, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In Thursday night’s 79-76 loss to the Bulls, the Nets shot 4-for-13 in transition, 3-for-18 on spot-ups, 3-for-13 in isolation sets and 3-for-8 in post-ups, according to ESPN Stats & Info.