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Everyone needs to stop complaining that we don't have perimeter defense, or perimeter defenders. I havn't watched every game, but I've watched a couple and especially evident tonight is that the Nets DO have perimeter defense.

Carter, RJ, and all showed how good they can be defensively, and they applied the pressure consistently, especially in the second half. Each of them were fighting through screens and trying to contain their man, and for the most part, they were all effective.

I know I made a joke in another thread about RJ getting lit up again by an opposing SF, but here's the real truth of it. It's not RJ's fault. RJ played Lewis close all game everytime he was put on him and definitely bothered him.

Now listen closely, the problem with the Nets is not perimeter defense, but help defense and defensive recovery.

Lewis was hitting 3's because RJ was busy applying a double team. Countless Sonics were getting easy lay ins because a shooter would pull up, drawing a double team. Instead of blocking out for the rebound and covering the paint, the other Nets would gravitate toward the ball, leaving the paint wide open.

Thankfully, all these problems are fixable. Effective help and recovery defense is something that is based on recognition, chemistry, and practice, not individual skill. I'm confident the Nets will improve in this area.

Sometimes people who don't watch the game look at a boxscore and see the opposing perimter players with big scores and automatically assume that the Nets perimeter defense was atrocious. Not so with the Nets. There's no urgent need to trade for a perimeter defender. It's mistakes on other defensive fronts that make it seem like the perimeter defense is lacking.

The perimeter defense is great. The interior defense is also clicking, especially with Jason Collins in the lineup. The Nets just need to work on everything else, but they're improving and it's showing.
 

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If you give up easy perimter shots, you have poor perimeter defense. Help defense on the perimeter still counts as perimeter defense.
 

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If you give up easy perimter shots, you have poor perimeter defense. Help defense on the perimeter still counts as perimeter defense.
No because if the perimeter players (RJ, VC, Kidd) are playing great defense and tying up their man, then it is up to the other players to make sure that the pass out of a double team doesn't get to someone open.

That is the problem. Great defense is played on the ball handler(s) by the Big 3, but no one else is stepping up to stop the secondary players.
 

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the team knew they were playing bad defense in the prior games tonight they were focused on playing D
(round of applause) GO NETS!!!!
 

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You said you haven't watched all the games. You should. This one game doesn't project over the others.
 

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Frank said that we got a hand up on 65% of the sonics shots tonight...He said that is much better than we have done all season. Were improving.
 

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You said you haven't watched all the games. You should. This one game doesn't project over the others.
True. I watched the Miami game and this Sonics game, and saw highlights/discussion of the others. If anything, the defense is improving as it should.
 

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Lewis was hitting 3's because RJ was busy applying a double team. Countless Sonics were getting easy lay ins because a shooter would pull up, drawing a double team. Instead of blocking out for the rebound and covering the paint, the other Nets would gravitate toward the ball, leaving the paint wide open.

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No, Lewis was hitting 3's because when he set picks for Allen to run around, Vince Carter was slow to switch onto Lewis after getting picked.
 

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furnace said:
kdub said:
Lewis was hitting 3's because RJ was busy applying a double team. Countless Sonics were getting easy lay ins because a shooter would pull up, drawing a double team. Instead of blocking out for the rebound and covering the paint, the other Nets would gravitate toward the ball, leaving the paint wide open.

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No, Lewis was hitting 3's because when he set picks for Allen to run around, Vince Carter was slow to switch onto Lewis after getting picked.
FOMW has an excellent post that addresses this issue, you make it sound like its Vince fault entirely that Lewis kept getting open looks. Even if you check the highlights on NBA.com you would see that RJ and Padgett both left him for open jumpers
 
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