Despite not playing any of their starters, the Brooklyn Nets still put together a competitive game in Boston against the Celtics, but came up short, losing 101-97 Wednesday night. Tyshawn Taylor led the Nets in scoring with 15 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Andray Blatche scored 14 in the starting lineup. Mirza Teletovic, Alan Anderson, and Reggie Evans all also scored in double figures. Boston was led by 16 points a piece from Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass.
This game was very sloppy, as we should expect from players who don’t often get a lot of practice time together with the Nets. As a team, Brooklyn shot just 42% from the field and 26% from 3, both lower than they normally shoot with their starters in the game. Defensively, the Nets looked pretty good tonight, forcing Boston’s starters to commit 17 turnovers.
The Celtics played most of their rotation players, minus Jared Sullinger who missed the game with an illness. We have said since the Nets assembled this team that their second unit could beat many NBA teams. This was the case tonight. For Boston, this game was on ESPN and it against the team that took Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce away from them. They definitely wanted to win this game for their fans, who will probably have a pretty rough year. Even though Boston took this game seriously and the Nets really did not by not playing their 5 best players, Brooklyn was still competitive which is good to see.
The Nets will have one more preseason game in Miami on Friday but the regular season is finally almost here. Brooklyn opens its season in Cleveland just a week from today next Wednesday and then will be back home on next Friday to play against the defending champion Miami Heat. FRWD will have full coverage of all these games.