Steve Nash lastly pulled the set off on Monday evening. Now, the query is, will or not it’s a long-term transfer or only a determination he felt was wanted on the time?
The Nets’ coach inserted LaMarcus Aldridge into the beginning lineup to start out the second half of the Nets’ victory over the Cavaliers, a selection that sparked his staff to a highway win as Blake Griffin’s season-long struggles continued. Down 11 on the half, the Nets outscored Cleveland by 16 after the break, with Aldridge enjoying a significant function.
“Other coaches have been using their big men to help so much off the penetrators, so when we get space in that corner, ‘L’ was able to knock that shot down,” Kevin Durant stated. “They feel less comfortable leaving him wide open to come help. He’s been taking advantage of those opportunities.”
Aldridge produced a double-double of 21 factors and 11 rebounds within the win, and produced a plus-14 score, the second-highest on the Nets. Griffin, in the meantime, sat your entire second half. Aldridge has scored in double figures eight instances in 11 video games this month, because the Nets have received seven of these eight.
“L.A. obviously was making shots and spacing the floor for us,” Nash stated. “Just tried to make adjustments to see if we could generate some energy and pace and turn the game.”
After the sport, Nash was noncommittal about his plans transferring ahead, though he did say it’s one thing that has been mentioned, and can proceed to be debated internally. But Nash additionally famous that he didn’t wish to overreact, that means that Griffin should still have some wiggle room, because the Nets have received six of their final seven video games to enhance to an Eastern Conference-best 13-5.
But contemplating how Aldridge and Griffin, respectively, have carried out, making the transfer everlasting would make sense.
Griffin has been a shell of the participant that joined the Nets final February, averaging simply 5.5 factors on 4.9 rebounds whereas taking pictures simply 31.8 % from the sector and 16.1 % from past the arc. Early within the yr, he was misfiring. Lately, he’s been hesitant, permitting groups to shade Durant and James Harden with Griffin’s defender. That’s not almost as a lot of an possibility when sweet-shooting 6-foot-11 Aldridge, the Nets’ third-leading scorer at 13.4 factors in 21.4 minutes per sport, is on the ground as a result of his 57.7 taking pictures share.
“That’s where I try to help out, try to knock down shots,” Aldridge stated. “Hopefully that opens up the floor for [Kevin] and James to try to get to the rim.”
Aldridge was admittedly caught off guard by the transfer, nevertheless it didn’t present. In reality, whereas he has been an excellent soldier about his new function as a reserve for the primary time in his 16-year profession, it has clearly been an adjustment.
He not too long ago stated it’s been a battle to adapt to not beginning, calling it an “ongoing battle.” Unless Griffin abruptly finds his sport, it’s going to be tough for Nash to not make the change everlasting.