Asked to describe his team, Nets GM Billy King said: "I think it’s the way we play defensively, switching a lot on the perimeter, so you have guys that are very versatile. Probably versatile guys that can play defense, that are unselfish offensively, where the ball is moving in a free-flowing offense."
The Nets are 10-2 in their past 12 games. Garnett has missed the past 11, but the Nets haven’t missed a beat. Rookie Mason Plumlee has stepped up in his place, and the Nets have survived just fine without their defensive anchor, allowing 100 or more points just once in his absence.
"It’s been beautiful to watch and beautiful to be a part of," Johnson said. "It’s a great feeling that we can be playing so well so late in the season. This is what you would want. This would be the ideal situation as a team. It has been pretty good for us, but we are not satisfied."
The Nets don’t just have a $190 million roster. They have a $190 million identity to go with it.
"I thought this was the window we have to try to make a run," King said. "But I think some of the young guys have developed, we’ve made some trades to add some young guys and the biggest thing I think is with [coach] Jason [Kidd]. Now we have a system of how we’re going to play, an identity. So now, in putting a team together, I know which players to add to it. That’s something we’ve been searching for for a while, is getting an identity."