Nets pregame notes: Nets need to establish consistency

 

The Brooklyn Nets will try to establish consistency starting Friday night against the Wizards. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets will try to establish consistency starting Friday night against the Wizards. AP Photo.

Kevin Garnett has talked a lot this season about the importance of consistency this year and so far the Brooklyn Nets have not displayed it. They’ve looked really good in beating the defending champions in the Miami Heat and looked really bad getting blown out against the rebuilding Magic.

So it’s important for them to part putting some winning streaks together and they hope to start doing that tonight against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are 1-3 to start the season, but they are not quite the pushovers that they have been in recent years. John Wall leads a talented starting five that includes Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat.

The Wizards will be a good test for the Nets too as they have a lot of quick guards that have given them fits, as the Orlando Magic already have.

“I think we’re a team capable of playing any style,” Paul Pierce told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “I’m not going to look past Washington and what they present because that’s been a challenge for us so far for us this year, playing against these young athletic teams, getting out trying to run. … We lost to two of them [Orlando and Cleveland].

“So I know we can adapt to more of a playoff style, with the Indianas of the world, the Chicagos of the world, the Miamis of the world. These are the teams that we have to make the adjustment to get through the regular season if we want to try to be a top seed [in the East].”

It’s been something they’ve been focused on recently in practice. “Well, we counter that with out length and size on the inside. You can be as quick as you want, but once you get by one person, there’s a second defender there to help. Get by him, there’s a third,” Jason Terry said.

This is going to be a long season so nothing will be decided here, but it will certainly be a positive sign if the Nets can come out and make a statement tonight.

• Paul Pierce is sick and missed this morning’s shootaround. Jason Kidd said that he expects him to play tonight, but that it will be a game time decision. “Right now we plan on Paul playing. We’ll see how he feels, but if we have to make the adjustment we will.”

• The Nets are playing in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, against the Wizards and Pacers respectively, so the plan was to have Kevin Garnett sit out at least one of these games. Kidd said that KG will play against the Wizards, but would not comment on the Pacers game.

“Yeah, I don’t see why not,” Kidd told Ohm Youngmisuk. “We’re not even talking about back-to-backs. Washington is our next opponent, and that is as far as we can look.”

The Nets play 20 back-to-back games this season so he may sit out some, or even most, but sitting out all of them seems a bit much.

• Andray Blatche has struggled so far this season and told reporters that he feels like he’s over thinking himself out on the court.

“I’m off to a slow start because I’m overthinking. I have to take the shots when they come and not overthink,” Blatche told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.  “Our team is so deep and we have so many great players that when you’re on the floor you want to make everything to work perfectly. That’s one of my main problems. I’m thinking about, ‘What’s the perfect thing for me to do,’ instead of just doing it.

“So right now, starting (against the Wizards), I’m freeing my head, I’m going out there and being aggressive on the offense and on the defensive end.”

• Mikhail Prokhorov was on CBS This Morning where he said that the promise he made, that he would get married if the Nets didn’t win a championship by 2015, was a joke. “It was a joke,” he said. “It’s just that, for the time being, I am not looking for a wife.”