Observations on Blatche, Mirza, Taylor, Toko and Billy the King of Brooklyn
1. Blatche is VERY skillful with better than average passing, dribbling, rebounding and touch around the basket coupled with his long frame, nimble feet and athleticism is so far the STEAL OF THE SEASON…even go so far as to say I’m currently happier we have Blatche as opposed to Derrick Favors notwithstanding his potential head case issues.
2. Mirza is a scorer and I am now confident he will find his groove sooner rather than later. Teams are not respecting his shot therefore not biting on his fakes or closing hard which would enable him to drive or pull up for short jumpers. He is actually not used to shooting wide open or uncontested jumpers in game as per my youtube video observations. Defensively, he held his own and even his rebounding was satisfactory. Although it looks like since Europe Dr. Beetle had him doing too much bench press or something and likes the Brooklyn Culinary too much…
3. Taylor has great athleticism which showed itself remarkably on defense guarding his hero Rondo with the steal and impressively not allowing Rondo to blow by him on a couple of plays. Intangibles were evident as he ran the offense very well for a first timer, and showed some leadership as he was not afraid or timid to "constructively" scream on one of the camp invitees on a blown play. I sense an air of WINNER and confidence with this guy on the floor..
4. Toko’s very first game showed that he has a lot to work on especially his shot. But more importantly, it showed this young kid who has barely touch the surface of his potential can and does have a POSITIVE impact on the outcome of NBA level game in numerous ways, dare I say almost Ginobili like potential…
Overall, as i’m watching the game with all our starters on the bench, and our second/third unit competing and eventually, beating the Celtics primarily FIRST unit, all I kept thinking is now I know why they also name the borough of Brooklyn KINGS county…two thumbs up Billy job well done constructing this team!
PS. LOL! Funny Celtics blog commenters are rationalizing that there is no need to panic since the Celtics played their "third unit" last three minutes of the game with no true point guard. Granted it is only preseason, but they still conveniently overlooked the fact that the Celtics played starters heavy minutes especially Rondo and Pierce their best player at this point, Nets played the whole game with their second/third unit not just the last few minutes and also had no true point guard (Taylor/Watson) at the end to close out the game. I bet there was more to it that Doc bailed out of second half than him just wanting to watch the debate…he was embarrassed and frustrated with his team and really wanted to win this game at home similar to Avery’s thought process on Monday.