There has been a lot of talk regarding the Brooklyn Nets this off season, and the time has come to finally play some basketball. The Nets took on the Wizards last night in the first basketball game ever at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, and they won by a final score of 98-88.
They had previously beaten the 76'ers as well, but that game was played in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In the Nets win, the most notable statline was that of Center Brook Lopez, who finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. He also played pretty solidly on the defensive end of the ball, despite not recording any blocks or steals. Kris Humphries played only 21 minutes, but finished with 11 points and 3 blocks. His 5 rebounds are not what you'd normally expect from the Hump, but I'll give him a pass seeing as he only played 21 minutes. Deron Williams came very close to achieving a double-double himself, with 9 assists and 11 points in 31 minutes of game-time.
During the game, an incident occured between Williams and Wizards guard AJ Price in which technical fouls were handed out to each player. Apparently Price, being from Massapequa, was constantly taunting Williams by saying "I'm home". In the 4th quarter the two became entangled and Williams apparently retaliated with
"This is my home now", causing a bit of a scuffle. Williams had this to say regarding the situation following the game-
"Maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he can with the limited minutes he's going to get this year".
But in the end the Nets prevailed with a pre season victory.
Other notables include Andray Blatche receiving 23 minutes and scoring 16 points while grabbing 8 boards. CJ Watson also received substantial minutes, but didn't impress, finished with 9 points and 2 assists. He did, however, have two steals, which makes for a pretty decent defensive outing. Bosnian import Mirza Teletovic also had a rough game finishing with 3 points and a 25% Field goal rating. He also only had one rebound and one assist. Hopefully the 6'9 power forward can figure out his game before the official season begins on November 1st against the Knicks.
Thank you for reading. The Nets next game will be on tonight against the Boston Celtics, in Boston.