Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins had some choice words about his team as they get set for their first-round opponent Atlanta Hawks:
“I don’t think we have any advantage over the Hawks,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said in a conference call on Thursday. “That’s why they’re 60-22 and that’s why we’re where we are (38-44). They’re a very good team and we have to go out and develop a game plan to control the tempo, rebound and score against them consistently. They’ve played well against a lot of teams, including us, so it’s not like I think we have the advantage going in. We have to develop a game plan that can help us go out and compete.” …
“They have a very versatile team,” Hollins said. “They have a lot of quickness at every single position and they play relatively small. And that puts you at a disadvantage when the other team is quicker than you because they’re smaller than you. We have to combat that by doing whatever we can and develop that plan as we go forward.”
Hollins could be using this as some sort of a motivational factor for his team, but the fact is his comments are 100% accurate.
There isn’t one aspect in this series that favors Brooklyn.
Anyone that is still hanging their hat on the “talents” of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson shifting any series, let alone this one, is completely delusional.
From a talent base in the starting lineup there isn’t one player I’d prefer to have on Brooklyn over Atlanta. The Hawks are also considerably deeper. Have great ball movement. And most of all, they aren’t heartless like this group of Nets players.
Barring injury I expect a sweep by Atlanta in round one. The absolute most Brooklyn gets is a game. Tops.