Mason Plumlee looked like a man among boys at the Orlando Summer League Saturday, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 24 minutes, shooting 8-of-11 from the floor, showing off a sky hook, and 7-of-10 from the line. He also had three steals.
Also looking good for the Nets were Markel Brown, the Nets highest draft pick who showed a deft passing touch as well as solid defense, and Adonis Thomas, the 6'6" Springfield Armor star. Brown finished with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. Thomas played only 16 minutes, sporting a bandage over his left eye. Brown led the Nets in minutes with 26 and picked up five fouls.
Marquis Teague had trouble finishing but still had 14 points and six assists. Jorge Gutierrez who provided a steadying influence when the Pacers made a run in the third, had eight and three. He and Thomas led the team with a +17. The other NBA vets, Donte Greene and DaJuan Summers, finished with 13 and 12. As for the players the Nets drafted with the last two picks of the 2014 Draft, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson, the 6'9" Jefferson looked better, leading the Nets with nine rebounds in 16 minutes.
After the game, Plumlee told reporters he was shocked by Jason Kidd's departure.
Mason Plumlee on Jason Kidd leaving for #Bucks: "I was blindsided like a defensive end coming off [the line]. I had no clue." #Nets— Rod Boone (@rodboone) July 5, 2014
The Nets dominated early, getting out to a 32-point lead in the first half, running and defending. They outscored Indiana 19-3 in fast break points in the half. The Pacers made a bit of a run, but the Nets never let the lead drop to less than 18 in the second half. The team was coached by John Welch, with Roy Rogers and Jim Sann assisting him. Jason Kidd hopes to convince Welch to join him in Milwaukee.
The Nets will next play Sunday at 7 p.m. ET vs. the Heat.
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