There's a boxscore out there somewhere but word from inside the closed scrimmage at the PNY Center is that the White team beat the Black team in training camp's first official scrimmage. Deron Williams, who played alongside Joe Johnson, was too dominant for the White and Andray Blatche helped neutralize the height advantage the Black team had with Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans. Blatche, word is, played well against Lopez. On the defensive side, Keith Bogans reportedly defended MarShon Brooks well.
Not long after the game, Blatche tweeted, "I love my team and coaching staff so happy I came here." Avery Johnson said of Blatche: "Brook Lopez needs to come out everyday for practice because Blatche thinks a lot of himself." Johnson reports that C.J. Watson led all scorers with 24 and Josh Childress had a game-high nine boards. Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace had eight each. D-WIll finished with 15 points and four assists.
For the record, here are the rosters for the two teams...
The White Team: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Josh Childress, Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche, Keith Bogans, Stephen Dennis and James Mays. Tyshawn Taylor (quad strain) will be on the sidelines, the only Net not healthier enough to play.
The Black Team: C.J. Watson, Marshon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez, Toko Shengelia, Carleton Scott, Reggie Evans and Jerry Stackhouse.
Popeye Jones coached the White team. Mario Elie coached the Black. Avery Johnson is expected to give his analysis of the scrimmage on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ben Couch profiles two of the key players at the scrimmage, C.J. Watson and Reggie Evans.
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