The Nets show depth differently against the Wizards

WASHINGTON — The Nets showed their depth, fielding minus eight rotation players, including all five regular starters, in a win at Indiana on Saturday, and two nights later on the road to beat the Wizards 112-100. changed the composition.

That’s right, Washington played without Bradley Beal. but the Nets have already shown the ability to rotate in their subs and get quality plays. They survived a first quarter in which Nic Claxton, returning from injury, was held scoreless with three fouls in 4:44, while his counterpart Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. But Markieff Morris, who had a double-double against the Pacers, was a plus-4 in 6:12 while holding down the fort on Monday night. The Nets went to the 11-hole, and Kyrie Irving teased possible lineup changes down the road. if people don’t play hard.

“The main thing is that it puts a little more pressure on a guy to play because you have someone behind you who can come out and play hard and play efficiently and effectively,” coach Jacques said. Won. “It happened early with Nick, quick, quick turnovers. We had a couple of defensive breakdowns and we had a replacement and then he was able to come back. That’s why I put the pressure on these guys. “I like the way they pass and hold them accountable. But we’ve got some depth and we’re going to use it.”

Markieff Morris scrambles for a rebound during the Nets' win over the Wizards.
Markieff Morris scrambles for a rebound during the Nets’ win over the Wizards.

The league’s trade deadline isn’t until February, but the signing season unofficially begins on Dec. 15, when players signed in the offseason can be moved. Rumors will begin to circulate before this Thursday, and one of them involves Joe Harris.

The Nets reportedly offered their longest-tenured player to take the center spot in a deal for John Collins, but Atlanta declined, according to The Athletic. Harris is well-regarded by the Nets front office and has come off an early season slump. It’s worth noting that Irving and Seth Curry are also set to become free agents this summer, which could deprive the Nets of a 3-point shot.

Collins is averaging 12.3 points and has dropped in scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage every year since 2019-20.***

The G-League claimed Long Island forward Emmanuel Egbuta off waivers. He was a feel-good story when he was acquired by Long Island before the season as a local player.


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