The Brooklyn Nets have an 11-4 record since New Year's, finding success around smaller lineups.

"We’ve found our personality,” said Billy King.

“You have to have a sense of structure and an identity,” said Jason Kidd. “You have to know who you are, and how you’re going to play both ends. And now we do.”

The Nets are playing in a style that would have been difficult for Brook Lopez to be a part of due to his size. Paul Pierce has played power forward in some of Kidd's hybrid lineups.

The offbeat nature of the Nets' looks have confused opponents.

“Brook is a great scorer, but now, when we’re smaller, defensively we are a little better,” said King.