|Nets Preseason Begins
||[Oct. 12th, 2005|04:14 pm]
If you didn't know, the Nets had its first preseason game yesterday. As you know, preseason games do not give us much to go on in terms of how the real games are going to be played. Players and scrubs typically played ~20 minutes each. The first preseason game was more of like one big scrimmage practice. Lawrence Frank was concentrating on play execution and on defense. Defensively, there were a lot of holes. The Pacers were basically dominating the Nets on the inside and there wasn't much of a defensive post presence. Offensively, Vince and company played OK considering the Pacers didn't really bring any defense either. Here's my personal review of players that played during the game against the Pacers:
Vince Carter: 18 pts 3 Reb 2 Assists - Vince was in midseason form. He was getting a lot of good looks and converting them to points. He totally made Artest look like mince meat
Jason Kidd: 6 pts 3 Reb 2 Assists - Nothing great from Jason. He was just coasting in this game.
R. Jefferson: 8 pts 0 Reb 1 Assist - Richard was really rusty. He had several close shots that he couldn't convert. At one point he was just trying to score but none of his attempts really converterd into points. He was slashing a lot more to the basket and missing those close shots. His first game needs more work.
J. Collins: 2 pts 2 Reb - Typical Jason line. He's recovering from surgery and only played 14 minutes.
N. Krstic: 8 pts 6 Reb - He was really impressive in the 1st quarter. He showed a lot of really good offensive moves and also showd a very polished back-to-the-basket game. As usual, he struggles defensively and accumulates lots of fouls.
Z. Planinic: 14 pts 4 Reb 2 Assists - Very impressive. He's more confident now and is starting to exhibit Ginobili-like quickness. He's been the biggest news in training camp so far because everyone on the Nets is raving about him. The European Championships really changed his game.
M. Jackson: 11 pts 4 Reb - Mark causes a lot of fouls to be called on him. Most of his points were from freethrows. It looks like he'll be a pretty solid addition to the Nets. He brought toughness and low-post meanness. I wish he would just draw a charge instead of getting fouls by trying to block shots.
S. Padget: Think Scalabrine. He's an OK player but he showed a lot of smarts. He picked up the offense right away and looks really comfortable in it.
L. Murray: I'm glad we have this guy on the bench. Murray was scoring from wherever he wanted. This is the exact reason the Nets picked him up.
L. Johnson: This guy smells of good potential.
Anyways, it's just the first game.