By Jason Schott – Reporter / Assignment Editor@JESchott19 Video by Dan Sorg – @SorgSays

Brook Lopez had a solid outing for the second straight night, as the Nets held on for a 103-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the second win with P.J. Carlesimo at the helm, and the effect on Lopez is apparent.

The offense in these two games has looked as crisp as it ever has this season, with Lopez playing near the hoop most of the time, as he should.

Brook Lopez is playing with renewed energy in these last two games. Photo by @LolitaLens.

Lopez had 35 points, a season-high, after a 26-point outing on Friday vs. Charlotte. He made 13 of 20 shots, and most of those were from close range, which they should be.

By playing down low on offense, it is translating to him being a more forceful player, as he notched 11 rebounds, a season high, five of which were on the offensive end.

Lopez is now looking like he is fully over the foot injury which cost him two weeks to start December and no doubt contributed to their struggles.

One difference also is the role of Keith Bogans in the starting five instead of Kris Humphries. With Bogans out there as the second forward with Gerald Wallace, the offense has a different look because Bogans plays with a guard’s mentality.

Keith Bogans is making the most of being in the starting lineup. Photo by @LolitaLens.

Bogans can facilitate plays along with Deron Williams, which is taking some pressure off Williams in the sense that he is not responsible for setting up every play.

In 20 minutes of play, Bogans had three points and one assist, but it is unclear how many “hockey assists,” which means passing to a player who sets up a scoring play, he had. He is as pure an intangible player as they have.

Another player with the intangibles needed to win is Reggie Evans, as he had six points and three rebounds in the fourth quarter. For the game, Evans had seven points and 10 rebounds.

Another positive in this game was that Jerry Stackhouse looks like he’s getting the scoring touch back. He scored eight points on 3-for-5 shooting.


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  1. Whether Brook’s opportunities are a reflection of PJ or of undersized opponents the last couple games, this is the key to winning both pretty & ugly games.

    How many awful games has Coach Pop won over the years because Tim Duncan got to the line, got his numbers, opened the offense for teammates, and just wore down the opponent?

    It has been maddening to see Brook go quietly after strong first quarters…when you have a scoring big man, he must be the defense’s nightmare every time down the floor. If PJ can figure out how to get that out of Lopez every minute the big man’s on the floor with his intimidating bushy neck hair, Carlesimo keeps the job.

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