121: Both your points allowed and your Brooklyn Nets’ defensive rating as of 10/30/14, good for dead last in the league. Coach Lionel Hollins preached defense throughout the preseason, hoping to improve the team’s subpar defensive efficiency ratings over the last several years to top-10 status, similar to his tenure in Memphis. Well, it didn’t happen on opening night. Nowhere to go but up, right?
62: The Nets allowed the Celtics to score 62(!) points in the paint en route to a shade under 56% shooting from the field. That HAS to improve moving forward.
0: The number in the win column. To leave you with a bit of optimism: it’s also a friendly reminder that Brook Lopez played 0 minutes because of his right foot sprain. He’s expected to be back on the court early next week. Here’s hoping he comes back sooner rather than later.
21: For as much miscommunication as there was on defense, the offense struggled to find rhythm and play cohesively as a unit. They often resorted to ISOs – resulting in stagnation, little man movement, and 21 turnovers.
23: Kevin Garnett logged 23 minutes on a night that the Nets were stomped on from the start. Had the game been more competitive in the second half, my guess is that he would have seen more time. KG hit the 23 minute mark is just 23 of his 54 regular season games he played in last season. It’s early, but it seems as though he’ll be utilized more than he was last year when he was under Jason Kidd’s strict minute restriction.