The Brooklyn Nets look ready for the regular season to begin. In the final preseason game, the Nets blew out Miami for the second time in the last 8 days, winning 108-87 on the road. They led by as many as 31 points in the third quarter. The big story tonight was the return of Deron Williams, who was playing in his first preseason game.
Deron started the game for the Nets and played a total of 10 minutes in the first and second quarters. He was hot in the first, knocking down three very quick 3’s and scoring 9 consecutive points for the Nets. He returned briefly in the second quarter and had a tough layup in the paint over Chris Andersen. It would have been great to see D-Will the whole preseason, but from the brief glimpse we got today, he appears to be ready for the regular season and he did not look rusty. He will definitely be playing opening night.
Deron wasn’t the only Net playing well tonight. 5 players scored in double figures, led by Alan Anderson who scored 17 points on 7-8 shooting and 3-3 from 3. Jason Terry also looked very good off the bench, hitting 3 triples and scoring 14. He looked much less rusty tonight then he did on Wednesday in Boston. Paul Pierce led the starters with 16 points and was also 3-3 from 3. He also had 7 rebounds.
The Nets really had a fantastic shooting performance tonight. They finished the game 17-27 from 3, but started off the game 14-19 before the end of the bench came in in the fourth quarter. They also outrebounded Miami 38-24 and held the Heat to only 1 offensive rebound.
With this big win, Brooklyn finished its preseason 5-2 and 2-0 against Miami with 2 blowout wins. The team looked great tonight and they definitely look prepared for the regular season, especially on offense. The defense will improve with Kevin Garnett playing more consistently and as the team becomes more comfortable playing together.
The Nets open their season on Wednesday night in Cleveland against Kyrie Irving the Cavaliers. Then, on Friday, the team will be back in Brooklyn for its home opener against these same Miami Heat. FRWD will have full coverage of both those games.