During the preseason, Avery Johnson said that he thought a lineup featuring C.J Watson as the point guard, Deron Williams as the shooting guard, and Joe Johnson as the small forward had some potential. Since then, we’ve seen this lineup at work, mostly in third quarters.
After losing to the Lakers last night, many NBA pundits are looking at some of the characteristics of the Nets, and at least one believes that there is some evidence that playing the three together may not be such a good idea.
“In the second quarter, Williams has been the point guard. Only nine of his 54 second-quarter minutes have come with back-up point guard C.J. Watson on the floor. But in the third quarter, Williams and Watson have shared the floor for 41 minutes. The Nets are a minus-39 in those 41 minutes and are just a minus-9 in 67 other third-quarter minutes.
Watson has been a spark off the bench at times for the Nets, and Johnson likes a small lineup of Watson, Williams, Johnson, Wallace and Brook Lopez. But the early numbers show that Johnson may have to stay away from a Watson-Williams backcourt, especially if he wants his team to get stops defensively.”