Sunday, February 24, 2013
D-Will: I need to be more aggressive
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This season, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has been at his worst in the fourth quarter, when he is shooting just 30.7 percent (35-for-114) from the field.
He's even worse with games hanging in the balance.
Deron Williams attempted just one shot in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Williams is shooting only 21.1 percent (8-for-38) in late-game pressure situations -- defined as attempts in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or in OT with neither team leading by more than four points.
Only three players in the NBA have a lower field goal percentage in that situation (minimum 25 attempts): Greivis Vasquez (16.3), Arron Afflalo (19.4) and Mo Williams (20.0).
With shooting guard Joe Johnson out for a second straight game due to a sore left heel, Williams believes he needs to be more aggressive in looking for his shot late in games.
"It's been tough trying to balance that and trying to figure out how to make that happen when you have scorers like Joe and Brook [Lopez], guys you can throw the ball to and let them work," Williams said. "You don't have to create everything for them. At times I kind of defer, so I might need to be a little bit more aggressive, especially in the fourth quarter."
Williams attempted just one field goal -- a 15-footer that he missed with 18 seconds left and the Nets down 10 -- in the fourth quarter of a loss to Houston on Friday night.
Other notes from Elias:
• The Nets enter tonight's game versus Memphis with a 33-23 record, a 14-win improvement over their record through 56 games last season (19-37). That is the biggest such improvement in wins for any team in the league.
• The Nets have a different player leading the team in total points (Johnson), rebounds (Reggie Evans), assists (Williams), steals (Gerald Wallace) and blocked shots (Lopez). No other team in the league can make that claim.
• The Nets have lost each of the past eight home games they have played against teams from the Southwest Division. The last time Brooklyn won a home game against a team from that division was Feb. 9, 2011, against New Orleans. That is the longest current home losing streak any team has against opponents from a particular division.