Among many, many issues in Monday night’s terrible 106-97 loss to the Sixers was the fact that the Nets couldn’t handle power forward Thaddeus Young.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo tried to use both Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic against Young, a difficult matchup for any team because of his unique size and speed combination. And Young, as you might expect, ran roughshod over both Evans and Teletovic, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
But more telling than Carlesimo using either Evans or Teletovic was him not using either Andray Blatche or Gerald Wallace on Young instead – something many fans on Twitter were less than thrilled both during and after the game.
So, with that in mind, I asked Carlesimo about both options postgame. As far as Blatche goes, Carlesimo said he didn't like the matchup of him against Young. While I think it was worth a shot because of how the game was going, and how much damage Young was making, I can at least see his point. I think Blatche and Lopez should play together more, in my opinion, but Blatche is better suited to play against bigger, slower power forwards like Zach Randolph or Carlos Boozer.
The more confusing decision was Carlesimo choosing not to play Wallace in the fourth quarter at all while Young was wreaking havoc inside. In fact, when Wallace was acquired by the Nets last year, then-coach Avery Johnson said that Young is exactly the kind of player that Wallace can guard.
But when I asked Carlesimo about why he chose to go away from Wallace, he made it clear that he didn’t think Wallace was providing enough offensively for him to go in that direction.
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Examining Nets lineup decisions in fourth quarter of loss to Sixers
New York Post | Mar 12