Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets have been in the media lights all season and it was rarely a positive. The early statements made by Deron Williams and the firing of Avery Johnson overshadowed the fourth best team in the Eastern Conference. And last nights comments from Williams is an testament to the season for him and the Nets which continues to be inconsistent play.
"I didn’t play good. I’m not going to play like this again,” Williams said.
P.J. Carlesimo weighed on game two, play-calling, and the team struggling.
“He’s been on a great run and they did a good job getting two people to him an awful lot of the time,” Carlesimo said. “And when he penetrated, they did a good job contesting his shot. He wasn’t able to finish at the rim quite as effectively."I believe Williams will bounce back because history repeats itself. Hopefully, Carlesimo bounces back and makes adjustments that counter the Bulls aggressive defense. They made Joe Johnson hesitant and it was detrimental towards the team. He will need to assert himself early and finish at the rim strong. Game three will be a tough one.
“But a lot of it was he took a couple 3s late too, so it is what it is. And you know Deron said he missed shots and had an off game. He’s gotta play better, of course he does, but he’s gonna be fine. He also had 10 assists and only two turnovers, and defended well ... You’ve gotta put Deron in better situations and better play calls than we did.”
“I think he has a good sense of [calling plays], and I think it’s always a back-and-forth with us,” Carlesimo said. “In the timeouts [the coaching staff is] normally going to call something, and when we’re going in the flow and when we’re effective, we just let it go, and Deron makes a real high percentage of the calls."
“We’ll talk any time there’s a dead ball when it’s appropriate, but for the most part, he’s gonna make the calls. When it’s a night when we’re struggling, then it is more of a challenge, but I don’t think it’ll be any different [in Game 3] and I don’t think it’s an adjustment. We’ll watch the tape. We’ll talk to him about what we see. We’ve got two days to go, but he’s way above-average in terms of his feel for what’s working, what’s not working, who needs to be more involved, who hasn’t had a shot in a while, who’s got a favorable matchup. Some point guards are very comfortable with doing that, and he’s way above-average in terms of what he sees on the floor and getting us into the sets we need to be in.”
“I just think our guys all year have not been excuse guys. When we didn’t play as well or play as well as we’re capable of playing, we know it’s on us. And I think Deron sets the tone that way.
“If anything, he’s too hard on himself. But I would much rather that kind of attitude. I think our guys all feel that we let ourselves down. We didn’t play as well as we’re capable of playing, but give the Bulls some credit for that. We have to [be better] collectively. The coaches have to do a better job, the players have to do a better job and we’ve gotta find a way to get some wins.”