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The NETS players shoot a high percentage from the foul stripe. So far this brief season, they've tended to allow the tension of the game or the score to interfere with the simple process of shooting free throws. The NETS need to RELAX at the stripe. Simple, they've got to take deep breaths and relax at the stripe. It's an opportunity - not a punishment!

We all know that each NETS player can put the ball through the hoop and sink a free throw. It's veritably automatic for them. Yet, still, they let the tension of the game or the score or fatigue affect them. They either rush them or mis-shoot 'em. There's no excuse. The NETS need to practice simply relaxing at the line. Maybe they should do breathing excercises as a group, yoga or zen at the stripe. Perhaps, sing kumbaya kumbaye in the circle and end off with a group hug. Bison Dele did that in CHI. Whatever it takes.

Bob Thate should take a page out of Phil Jackson's book and do something like the above. One exercise that'd work is to visualize the worst that could happen if you miss a shot at the line. While standing there, think what's the worst that can happen if you miss it? What? Your shorts could fall down and the whole crowd laugh at you? Huh? What?

Once you think about the worst thing that can happen (and realize that you'll still be alive), you confront that fear - laugh at it - and it goes away. Then your confidence returns and what you do all day in practice you make automatic - a free throw. Try it! Try something!

Post-mortem on the game I saw in person is that the NETS played an unnecessary cliffhanger. Once again they let an early lead slip away and had to fight tooth and nail in the waning minutes & seconds to will the game to OT and win the darn thing.

The NETS hung on by their teeth. Not a great way to win, but a W the NETS desperately needed.

I thought Coach Frank would be picked up by the men in white if they lost this one.

All said, it was won by Jason Kidd whose experience out west at PHX playing the Lakers routinely contributed to his heady play and semi-calm in the clutch. It was a nerve jangling ending.

The positives you can take away from this game are that for once, the NETS played inside-out w/ Kidd feeding the post in Krstic and both he and Krstic were the primary scorers pivoting the ball on the dish to others. The other was that they exploited their drive to the hole to earn a preponderance of shots at the line.

Kidd has decided to take over the offense with Krstic to keep other teams honest that are keying on the wings (VC & RJ). Opposing teams efforts to stop VC & RJ didn't win the game for them this time, because Kidd took more of the burden of the offense and Krstic stepped it up inside.

Krstic's line of 20pts, 13rb, 5a & 1blk were enough to win. They'll need Krstic to average that the rest of the season. He can certainly do it.

Bringing in Illic and rotating Krstic to the 4/5 sometimes could be the answer at the post. The NETS need rebounding and interior defensive strength. One great big man would make their games a lot easier. Perhaps, they'll get what they need in next years draft as the Clipps lost again and the NETS barely won.

If Wilcox, Lampe and/or Ely don't come over for a fair exchange, then perhaps someone else will be available after 12-15 or the February trading deadline. If not, the NETS will get him in the next draft.

All said, it was a good effort tonight and they worked on defense. Give them credit. The bench is going to have to carry more of the load tomorrow in the back-to-back against Denver. This OT win will leave the NETS front line exhausted. :cheers:
 

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During the game, they flashes a stat, Nets lead the league in free throw attempts, but are only 6th in free throws made.

The Nets are ranked 18th in the league in free throw percentage.

Far from pretty, think they need more than to relax.

-Petey
 

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That's right, they're not living up to their historical percentage. That's been a problem this season, but should correct itself. Actually, relaxation is all it takes. Once you're relaxed at the line you make 'em The tension, distraction or fatigue is what accounts for undershooting your percentage.
 
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