Sunday, December 23, 2012
Avery agrees: Too much one-on-one
By Mike Mazzeo
Nets point guard Deron Williams made headlines Monday when he said he wasn't comfortable in coach Avery Johnson's offense because it was too isolation heavy.
Prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Johnson agreed that there needs to be more sets and less one-on-one. During their current three-game losing streak, the Nets are averaging just 86 points per game.
"It was just too much one-on-one," Johnson said. "I don't mind the one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but we're playing the 1-on-1 in the beginning of the shot clock.
"We've had to take a look at how we function in those situations, have a little bit more ball and player movement, a little more continuity, but none of it is going to work unless we make good passes, set good screens, space the floor properly, and don't turn the ball over."
• Gerald Wallace will start at power forward, Keith Bogans will start at small forward and Kris Humphries will come off the bench. Johnson wants to match up Wallace with Sixers stretch forward Thaddeus Young.
• Key reserve Jerry Stackhouse is active after missing the past five games with a sore right knee. Mirza Teletovic and Josh Childress are inactive.