For the second straight game, the New Jersey Nets scored more than a 100 points in a game (preseason or not, a total improvement over last year) and this time it was against an actual NBA defense. The Nets are now 2-0 during the preseason, and their next game is coming up this weekend against the Celtics (and thankfully it should be aired on NBATV). Here are some quick thoughts from the game:
- The outside shooting continues to impress me. Tonight, the Nets knocked down 8 of their 12 three point attempts good for 66.7%. I don’t expect them to shoot it like this every night, but this is very comforting to see.
- The Nets got to the line a ton, another thing I really like to see. The two guys who got to the line most were Brook Lopez and Terrence Williams…that is good for this Nets team.
- Speaking of Brook, boy did he sure bounce back? 24 points on 8-13 shooting is what you like to see against a team that doesn’t really have a defensive presence inside.
- Terrence Williams also looked much improved. He scored 20 points, but maybe most importantly he recorded 8 assists compared to just two turnovers.
- Derrick Favors struggled with fouls the entire night and fouled out in slightly more than 12 minutes of playing time. I didn’t see the game, but I am guessing that Favors got pump faked one or two times. Bad games are going to happen with a 19 year who is still learning. The key is for these bad games to take place less and less.
- The Nets sent the Sixers to the line 45 times. That shouldn’t ever happen.
- Something tells me that the Nets are being extra cautious with Devin this preseason. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t play until the team gets to China. I’d rather have a rusty Devin than a hurt Devin.
- Again, preseason, but good signs…