By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
The Nets have a major problem at the center position, as Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche, and Mason Plumlee are all not delivering.
In Game 4, Garnett had the best game of the three (if you can even call it that) with 10 points on 3-for-6 from the field, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Blatche had 4 points on 1-for-5 from the field with 7 rebounds, and Plumlee was no factor, as he had one point, which was a free throw, and missed his only shot attempt, and had two rebounds. It is hard to believe that just two weeks ago Plumlee was putting on a highlight reel on offense with the alley-oops he received from D-Will.
In Game 3, Garnett had 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in 16 minutes, and fouled out as well. Those six fouls he took show that the Raptors run everything at him when he's on the court. Blatche had 12 points, 8 of which came via the free throw, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist, and Plumlee had 4 points and 2 rebounds.
The way to solve this problem is to restore Plumlee to the starting lineup, and have Garnett play center with the second unit with Blatche at power forward.
With Plumlee as starting center in March, the Nets went 12-4 and put up over 100 points 10 times. Plumlee averaged 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in March. In April, he averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, and the Nets socrer over 100 points twice in April with him starting, when they beat Houston 105-96 on April 1st, and blew out Detroit 116-104 on April 4th. In this series, they have only cracked the 100-point plateau once, in Game 3 when they won 102-98.
The second unit should be Garnett and Blatche with Mirza Teletovic, Marcus Thornton, and Andrei Kirilenko.