Everyone knew coming into this season that the Philadelphia 76ers were going to be bad, but maybe not this bad. The Brooklyn Nets crushed the Sixers Monday night, 127-97, and it wasn’t even that close. The Nets were led by Shaun Livingston, who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists on a perfect 7-7 shooting from the field. Off the bench, Mirza Teletovic and Chris Johnson both scored a career high 21 points and hit five 3’s each. Evan Turner scored 23 points for Philadelphia.
The Nets got off to a great start tonight, scoring 38 in the first quarter, led by Livingston. Brooklyn was getting lots of easy looks, especially in the paint and from the corner 3, where Philadelphia did a poor defensive job all night long. In the second half, the bench continued the 3-point barrage and never gave the Sixers a chance at a comeback.
The best part of tonight’s game was that the Nets had no new injuries to add to their list, like they did after Saturday’s game. However, Kevin Garnett will sit out tomorrow night when the Nets host Boston. Paul Pierce will be back in the lineup, though.
So far in the preseason, although the defense has been good at times, the new Jason Kidd offense has really impressed me. Unlike last season, the Nets aren’t wasting time bringing the ball up the court or holding it for a couple of seconds for no reason. Every pass has a purpose and there is no standing around. This led to a lot of good looks tonight and because of it, the Nets were able to shoot 54% from the field and 52% from 3.
One note, however, is that we must keep in mind that the Nets were essentially playing a D-League team tonight. Hopefully, we will get to see the new offense against a very good NBA defense this Thursday, when the Nets host Miami.