Can the regular season start already? Even though it was only the Brooklyn Nets’ second preseason game of the year and first home game, fans are already anticipating the start of the regular season and the end of seeing the Nets’ third and fourth teams play the majority of the game. The Nets lost to the Detroit Pistons 99-88 on Saturday night in front of a close to sold out Barclays Center. Although the starters did get a little bit more time on the court tonight than in preseason game #1, the bench looked discombobulated and sloppy and they are responsible for this loss.
Brooklyn’s starters actually played pretty well. All of them finished with a positive +/-, led by Kevin Garnett who scored 8 points on 4/5 shooting in 11 minutes. Shaun Livingston, who got the start in place of Deron Williams, had 11 assists, and Joe Johnson led the starters with 9 points. Andray Blatche also played well off the bench, scoring 15 points and blocking 2 shots in 19 minutes.
However, the rest of the bench did not play very well. The biggest problem was free throw shooting. The bench was 25-48 from the foul line, barely over 50%. Reggie Evans was responsible for much of that, going 3-10, but other players shot poorly as well.
Perhaps the biggest story from the game was Tyshawn Taylor’s ankle injury. Even though he is the third string point guard, the Nets will need him until Deron Williams comes back. If he misses any games, the Nets will be forced to play Marko Jaric more at point guard, who did not look good at all tonight.
By midway through the third quarter of this game, Jason Kidd had seen enough of his rotation players and put in end of the bench guys and players who will not make the roster for the remainder of the game. Kidd does not want any of his key players to get injured, especially with Deron Williams and Jason Terry already out, but I would have preferred to at least see more of Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic rather than players the Nets will throw away once the regular season starts.
The Nets’ next preseason game will be on Monday when they visit Philadelphia. Like tonight’s game, that one will also not be televised in the New York area.