The Jacque Vaughn Era
For the two games Jacque Vaughn was in the driver’s seat, things began to change. DeAndre Jordan started over Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert had more late-game minutes than Spencer Dinwiddie and the team seemed to be succeeding.
The second of the three wins came to the Bulls in the first game coached by Vaughn. The Nets almost let that game slide after being up by 13 with four minutes to go but LeVert continued to perform at a high level and helped close it out. The main indicator of change was that Jordan had almost 10 more minutes of court-time than Jarrett Allen. While they both scored 11 apiece, Jordan cleaned up the glass with 15 boards.
Two nights later, Brooklyn traveled to LA to take on LeBron and the red-hot Lakers. A stunning second-half takeover helped the Nets sketch out a two-point victory meaning interim head coach, Jacque Vaughn, was now 2-0 as the head coach. The next question on the table: Is Vaughn the next long-term head coach or the next victim of the player-coach era?
Sure, Vaughn is undefeated as the coach but two games are nowhere near enough time to figure out if there is a future for him as the head coach.