In Game 2 Jarrett Jack came off of the Brooklyn Nets bench and simply played like he wanted it.
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From the time Jack entered the game he was in attack mode and the Nets benefitted from the energy he brought to the court.
In the end, Jarrett Jack finished the Game 2 contest hitting 9 of 13 from the field including 2 of 5 from downtown for 23 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.
Brooklyn had a chance to tie the game but Deron Williams missed a 15-footer from the baseline with 10 seconds left which ended up sealing BK’s fate as Atlanta locked the game up from the line and won the game 96-91.
If Game 2 showed us anything as it pertains to the Brooklyn Nets hopes of staying alive in their First Round series against the Eastern Conference No.1 team in the Atlanta Hawks, Jarrett Jack is going to have to be the guy we saw in Game 2 for the rest of this series.
Let’s just be honest about what we have seen from the Brooklyn Nets through two games of this series.
Jarrett Jack has been the Nets best perimeter player though the first two games. Jack is shooting 66% from the field and averaging 18 points per contest.
He has provided instant offense off the bench and has played ultra-efficient basketball.
Jack along with Joe Johnson have played strong for Brooklyn in the backcourt.
Deron Williams’ play has fallen to the point where critics are questioning his desire.
In Game 1, Williams played decently finishing with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
Game 2 on the other hand was a microcosm of the inconsistency that has irked Nets’ fans all year when it comes to D-Will, with Williams knocking down only 1 of 7 shots for two points.
He did do other things on the court by grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
Only problem is that when you are being broke off $19,754,465 by Brooklyn, this kind of play from Williams is not acceptable and any venom that fans an critics throw his way is completely justified.
Williams lack of desire only magnifies the fact that Jarrett Jack is going to have to tighten up his cape and come up big if Brooklyn is going to overcome their 0-2 deficit.
If the player that is being paid franchise dollars to be the leader of the team cannot provide the type of play with the kind of edge that is needed in order to inspire the team and spark a turnaround, then either the team is sunk, or they are going to have to find that spark elsewhere.
Jarrett Jack has shown that he can be that spark.
Let’s keep in mind, Jack has shown the ability to come up big in the playoffs before. In the 2013 NBA Playoffs with the Warriors, Jack was a major reason why Golden State was able to get to the Second Round.
Jack finished that 12 game playoff run averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists and shot 50.2% from the field. In six of those games Jack scored 20 or more points.
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He has shown that he can bring big game capability to the court in the playoffs before. He is going to need to bring that kind of play as Brooklyn fights for their playoff lives.
Atlanta held serve at Phillips Arena like they were supposed to but not before Jarrett Jack figured out that they have a hard time checking him.
When Brooklyn gets back to the Barclays Center, they have a chance to try to bring the series back to even.
It won’t happen without Jarrett Jack being the catalyst for Brooklyn’s attack.
Deron Williams simply does not want it anymore. Jarrett Jack has to be the pulse.