Another powered down Net Worth. Hello preseason.
Tried to get the pace going in the first quarter. Didn’t hit a lot of shots but found teammates well throughout the game. Got into a shouting match with A.J. Price near the end of the game that got the crowd fired up. Didn’t shoot well, but in what’s a welcome change to the Nets, he didn’t need to. Grade: A-
Johnson is going to have an awful lot of open spot-up shots in this offense. Some nights he’ll go 2/6, others he’ll go 5/6. They found him for great shots tonight. Johnson was more impressive dishing the ball — he found Blatche a couple of times inside and finished with five assists. Grade: B+
Didn’t score as much as Saturday, but again active on both ends of the floor. Had one really nice and-1 off a D-Will feed in the fourth. Even in preseason, it’s clear his role is to just do the Crash thing — chase after boards, find little cuts to the basket, and wreak havoc defensively. He did that. Grade: B
If only it wasn’t preseason, I’d use this game as so much evidence. Lopez grabbed 11 rebounds in 25 minutes, dropped 18 efficient points, finished with 11 rebounds, stayed inside and in the post, and ended the game with 11 rebounds. Did I mention that Brook Lopez had 11 rebounds? Grade: A
If he sustains this type of play into the season, Watson will become a fan favorite. Active defensively, Watson scored on break and had a sweet cross-up for a layup in the first quarter. He and Deron Williams played well off one another, switching between point guard and off-ball duties. Grade: A-
Near the end, I got visions of Mikki Moore. I’ve been quite vocal about my Blatche reservations, and he has an awful lot of time to lose his head, but there’s been nothing in Brooklyn to indicate that’s happening. He’s lost weight, he’s passing the ball well, he’s scoring well in the post and playing with an energy he just didn’t have in Washington. He was the best Nets player off the bench tonight, and it wasn’t close. Grade: A
He hit a three! It happened! Had a quiet second-quarter stint where he didn’t shoot in six minutes, then came in the fourth, missed a three, and committed three fouls. Did have one nice assist on the break to C.J. Watson, but mostly invisible. Grade: C-