The Nets faced the Wizards at their new home last night, the Barclays Center. It was their first time playing at home in front of a major crowd after JayZ opened the place with several concerts. The Nets looked like a contending ball club as they proved their worth around all the hype. Although it was just a preseason game, all starters played significant minutes and the game took the course of a regular season matchup. All starters played 20+ minutes and the Nets backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both played over 30 minutes each, respectively. Some notable numbers: Brook Lopez recorded a double double in less than 25 minutes of action scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. A very good sign for Brook as he is coming off season ending surgery and is known to be a poor rebounder. Williams scored 11 points and registered 9 assists, Johnson scored 14, and Andray Blatche had 18 points and 9 boards off the bench. Blatche looked great in preseason ball. He will compliment Kris Humphries off the bench very nicely as he brings a better offensive presence to the PF position.
Some In-Game Notables: Humphries had a Lebron James esque block from the back, one of three he recorded, on the rookie Beal as he went up for a fast-break dunk. Deron Williams and AJ Price(who?) jawed at each other for a bit as Price proclaimed this is my city in Deron’s face after Williams went up for a layup and got fouled hard by him. Deron Williams laughed it off as he walked to the free throw line. I don’t think he knew who he was.
All in all, it was a great effort for the Nets. It showed a glimpse into the future. Although there will be tough moments ahead, the Brooklyn Nets looked strong in their home debut. The Nets face the Boston Celtics tonight at TD Garden in downtown Boston.