Whenever asked for lineups, Kenny Atkinson always dips into his cliché bags and replies that it's not about who starts, but who ends.
Lately Jarrett Allen has started, while DeAndre Jordan has been entrusted with the finish.
"It's different every night," Jordan shrugged. “Units roll on some nights; some nights, [it’s] different staff. [Monday] We had a good thing. No matter who is out there, we will do our best. Rolling some night units, and that's the unit he decided to stay with. "
Atkinson decided to stay in Jordan's physical condition every second for the past two quarters, with the veteran accumulating 14 points, 16 rebounds, and an increase of 15 in 24 pinch minutes. With two big teams at the start – the Raptors on the way to the All-Star Weekend on Wednesday and Joel Emiids 76s that emerged from the break – the trend could continue.
"We have to look at that when we go up against these big, strong and athletic teams. It is definitely something we will look out for in our final lineups," said Atkinson. It depends on how the game runs. But the fourth quarter in Toronto definitely encourages me. "
And he was dizzy about the fourth quarter in Indiana, which produced a 106-105 Nets win, after losing 119-118 in Toronto in the final seconds on Saturday.
Allen never got off the bench in the fourth quarter of either game. Jordan brought the Nets back into play against the Raptors and made the big defensive stop to end the comeback in Indiana. Both teams have bullied the nets in the past.
"We talked. We need his physicality," said Atkinson. "It just felt like that … we had to keep up [the Pacers’ Domantas] Sabonis and have a really strong body to fend it off. "Glad we stayed with him. Made some great games, big defensive games, the game in the end, just experience in the league and understanding that he had to step up on that shot. When he was back, who knows? You could have hit that shot. He still had a good game. "
On Saturday in Toronto, the Nets dug an 18-point hole in the third quarter. However, Jordan had a strong fourth place with six points and six rebounds. He kept Serge Ibaka goalless in a 30:19 rally that barely failed.
Jordan was even better two days later in Indiana. He ended the game with 11 points and 19 rebounds, including a final phase with 10 boards and eight points. He slowed Sabonis and jumped to a switch to force Malcolm Brogdon to miss the net's first street win against a victorious team (opens in a new tab)
"Yes, DJ was great as he always is. It anchors our group, ”said Spencer Dinwiddie. "He was just getting out [on Brogdon], There was no hesitation, no late call, nothing. He made it easy for me to fight Sabonis when there was an opportunity. He was at Brogdon immediately.
“Obviously his rebound was an elite, but it always is. Final games, elite, but it's always like that. His career has always been, and he continues to offer that to us. He's a guy Sabonis can't intimidate there. You saw it at a few good companies where Sabonis tried to bully him and the DJ just didn't try. "
That sums up Jordan, who shoots 67.4 percent and holds the best career field goal percentage in NBA history (67.0 percent). He is not bullied but harassed. The networks can use more of it.
While many fans pilloried the four years, Jordan got a $ 40 million deal.
"I feel like we're going to be better as a unit," said Jordan. "We know that we have to deal with certain teams physically."