In the Bonus: Livingston having career year for Nets

In the Bonus: Livingston having career year for Nets
March 21, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BROOKLYN — At 6-7, Shaun Livingston is a nightmarish matchup for most point guards.

Now that he has slid over to the off-guard position to play with Deron Williams, he remains a tough cover.

Although he has a lithe frame, the veteran guard has shown an affinity for getting his work done in the paint off of drives to he baskets and dunks.

And while Livingston's production has been solid most of the season, he has stepped his play up this month.

The 28-year-old shot a respectable 46.1 percent from the field through the month of February, but has connected on 51.3 percent of his shots in March.

And many of those shots are coming from point-blank range which helps explain how he shot 72.6 percent in the paint through February, and has been even better this month in connecting on 75.6 of his shots in the paint.

So how does he do it?

For starters, he has the benefit of playing with Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Williams and when healthy, Kevin Garnett.

Those players have a way of drawing significant attention throughout the course of a game.

Aware of this, Livingston is often matched up against smaller defenders who don't get much help defensively because the aforementioned All-Stars that Livingston plays with.

So with a size advantage along with the knowledge that help defenders aren't going to be coming to the rescue quickly, Livingston has thrived in being that 'other' guy that's critical to a team having the kind of success Brooklyn envisions.