Early in the second quarter of the Wizards’ 120-111 win over the Nets, J.J. Hickson corralled a rebound and took off.
Hickson isn’t fast, quick or explosive, and he certainly isn’t a deft ball-handler. But none of that mattered on Monday night — Brooklyn’s penultimate game of the 2015-16 season — as the 21-60 Nets have already checked out.
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With four defenders in between him and the basket, Hickson drove uphill through the middle of the floor and easily dunked the ball without much resistance:
Several Nets looked around at each other afterward, wondering why no one picked up the ball — the No. 1 rule in transition defense.
The Nets only lost by nine points, but inexcusable defensive lapses like this are the reason they’re the third-worst team in the league.
Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.