In the first quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ game in Detroit on Tuesday, Pistons forward Jerami Grant cut inside the paint before dishing it to Mason Plumlee. Plumlee, being defended by Brooklyn center DeAndre Jordan, then faked a shot before dribbling right. Jordan, meanwhile, just… stopped, opting to watch Plumlee go up for an uncontested hook shot from about three feet away instead of doing anything that could remotely be considered defense.
On Twitter, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann weighed in: “… I’m still trying to figure out why DeAndre Jordan just stopped defending in the middle of a play.”
During a timeout shortly thereafter, YES Network cameras caught James Harden’s frustration with Jordan. Harden, the perennial All-Star whom the Nets acquired via four-team trade on January 14, was seen voicing that frustration by confronting Jordan about his defense during a timeout.