Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in Brooklyn’s first ever regular season basketball game. I took notes throughout the game, which I will separate here as positives and negatives.
- In the second quarter, the bench played very well and erased a scoring deficit. The Nets ended the half with the lead.
- Reggie Evans was an absolute monster on the glass tonight collecting 13 rebounds in 15:41 of playing time. Wow. Gerald Wallace also had some clutch rebounds at the end of the game.
- C.J. Watson had a very strong first half and scored a buzzer beating three as time expired to end the half.
- Brook Lopez had ten free throw attempts in the first half. Very good game from him overall, scoring 27 points. Deron Williams was able to get him the ball in good situations.
- I was happy with MarShon Brooks’ game tonight. He made good decisions and stayed in the game during part of 4th quarter crunch time.
- Gerald Wallace was able to limit Andrea Bargnani tonight. Wallace was definitely a key contributor for the Nets.
- Blatche was better in the first half than he was in the second. He found nifty ways to score on open looks in the first half but missed some bad shots in isolation in the second half. IsoBlatche is much more effective when he is able to get some momentum towards the basket than when he shoots annoying fade away jump shots from around the baseline.
- The Nets’ offense looked a little slow in the 3rd quarter. Also, the team was unable to pull away with a win until late in the fourth quarter. The Raptors were very resilient in this game and Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan were big reasons why.
- Mirza Teletovic did not play…coach’s decision. Meanwhile, Gerald Green had 17 points on 6-9 shooting in 24 minutes for the Pacers in a win against the Kings. The Nets had a very good offseason but it is starting to seem as though they made a mistake in signing Teletovic instead of Green.