Lionel Hollins isn't all that big on analytics, but it's not like he has to punch up statistics that illustrate just how rough the separate two-man combinations of Deron Williams-Jarrett Jack and Brook Lopez-Mason Plumlee have fared when on the court together.
The eyeball test is enough.
"I don't need numbers to show me that they are not playing well together," the Nets coach said Monday. "I can see it by the scoreboard."
In the 26 games and 334 minutes Jack and Williams logged as a tandem entering Monday night, the Nets sported a plus-minus of -14.2, and the two are shooting 39.4 percent overall and 27.6 from three-point range as a tandem. Things aren't much better with a Lopez-Plumlee frontcourt. In the 12 games and 61 total minutes together, the Nets are -15 and the duo is shooting 41.3 percent combined from the field.
"The other night [against Indiana], we tried it a little bit early and it was a bad move," Hollins said. "We lost our lead, lost our momentum and this is with Brook and Mase. All year long, Deron and Jarrett haven't been very good. I can't explain why. It's just the way the numbers have bore out, but sometimes you have to go that way and sometimes it's been good. But overall, it hasn't been."
Corbin: Deron's still great
Kings interim coach Tyrone Corbin coached Williams while he was with the Jazz before the trade to the Nets. So he knows Williams well and isn't ready to write him off. "During the course of a season, you go through some peaks and valleys," Corbin said. "He's certainly still a quality player in this league . . . He's been banged up a little bit. I thought he was coming along, then he hurt his calf muscle and it set him back a little bit . . . He's a great player and can turn it on at any time."