Nets Make a Change, Respond with Wins 12.30.12 - 12:43pm
by Devon Jeffreys
The Brooklyn Nets shocked the NBA on Thursday when they announced the dismissal of Avery Johnson as coach.
After a 11-4 November that saw them climb to the top of the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn was just 3-10 in the month of December culminating in an embarrassing double-digit loss in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Stack, who played just eight minutes in that loss and went 1-of-5 from the field for two points, was caught off guard by the move and believes it was too soon to judge Johnson based on the team's body of work.
But the Nets responded well to the shock, bouncing back with back-to-back wins over the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday and Saturday.
Stack continued to struggle with his shot in the 97-81 win over Charlotte, missing all four he took and finishing with just two rebounds in nine minutes of action. But he found a rhythm a day later.
Playing in the second game of a back-to-back for just the second time this season, Jerry knocked down three of his five shots for eight points.
The contributions were a big part of a 28-point night for the Brooklyn bench in the 103-100 victory. Stack, one of the veteran leaders in the Nets locker room told SNY after the win that he was happy with the way the team has responded to adversity.
According to Stack, what the Nets can't do is get to high or low on themselves and let emotions dictate the way they perform. Instead they must approach each game with a consistent attitude and not let expectations one way or another get in the way of results.
While getting wins over Charlotte Cleveland was important, Stack knows the Nets can expect a higher level of competition on their road trip. It's up to them to keep improving and show they're capable of contending.
Tip-off in San Antonio on Monday night is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST and the game can be seen on YES Network. Wednesday's game in OKC tips at 8 p.m. on YES.