Which Nets player should worry the Bulls?

Which Nets player should worry the Bulls?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:31

Checking the Brooklyn Nets on paper, the team pretty much does boil down to Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The depth isn’t great and the 3-point shooting is average.

That’s too easy for Tom Thibodeau, figuring out a way to defend three players, right?
Well, if there’s one player on the roster that should concern the Bulls, I’d say it’s Andray Blatche.

It’s easy to write him off as one of the many former Washington knuckleheads, but he had his moments. Just two years ago, Blatche averaged 16.8 points per game for the Wizards.

He’s given the Bulls problems in the past, mostly because at 6-11, 260 pounds, he’s a handful in the post, especially for Joakim Noah, who is more of an athletic defender and can get pushed
into deep position by bigger opponents.

Blatche’s numbers against the Bulls are nothing special this season, his first with the Nets. Blatche averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and shot 47 percent from the field.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo is tempted to use Blatche and Lopez at the same time, forcing the Bulls to either have Carlos Boozer defend one of those guys or take him out of the game.

At the same time, the Nets are one of the league leaders in offensive rebounds because of Reggie Evans. Taking Evans out of the game diminishes one of the team’s strengths, but he rarely shoots so he’s an easier defensive matchup.

Lopez is going to get his points in this series. Williams will probably have his ups and downs. The Bulls have limited Johnson to 13 points per game this season and he figures to have Jimmy Butler in his grill pretty consistently.

So if someone else is going to step up for the Nets in this series, it’s more likely to be Blatche than Keith Bogans. C.J. Watson or Kris Humphries.

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