The Nets lost today, but I have not lost one bit of hope for this ball club.
Remember those good ol' Lawrence Frank and Kiki days (yes, I didn't write his last name because I don't know how to spell it and I'm too lazy to look it up) where the Nets would lose both their offense AND their defense in the 3rd and 4th quarters and end up losing the game even though they hung around for the first half? I can tell you that those days are officially over. Avery simply won't let it happen. The Nets played well tonight, and although Favors was a little off and T-Will turned the ball over a little too much, I have a two word explanation for this: "Growing Pains". Remember, this team is super talented but also super young, and lastly and most importantly, chemistry doesn't come overnight.
The game tonight was exciting, to say the very least. Yes, it seemed like there were more Celtics fans in the crowd than Nets fans, but that's because Nets fans are few and far between, even in Jersey. What I can tell you though, is that when the game was on the line and the Farmar hit his three to tie the game with a couple minutes left to play, the crowd exploded with cheers, quieting all the Celtics fans that had been making so much noise prior. For the first time since I have been attending games, which hasn't been long, I saw the same kind of potential that I see in the players in the crowd.
Yes, the Nets lost, but they also played well. At times, certain plays looked sloppy, but the offense that is being run now is new to the majority of the players on the roster, and that is without mentioning the fact that nine players on the roster have 5 years or less of experience in the NBA. If T-Will can hit his shots and reduce his turnovers, Morrow can hit his threes, Harris can keep getting those and-1's, and Brook can keep playing like a soon-to-be Duncan, the Nets will be a consistent playoff contender for years to come. And ALL of these things are very possible.
The bottom line is that the Nets kept up with a championship caliber team in the preseason. There isn't much to read into with that statement but if you ask me, it looks like the team is headed in the right direction.