One more week to go. The Nets have two more games to go before ending the preseason. We last saw them on Thursday night when they lost at home to the Boston Celtics 100-97.
We get to see the Celtics one more time before the games count for real. After the Nets game on Thursday, they stayed in town to play the Knicks on Saturday night. They won that game 119-107.
Where to follow the game
YES Network won't be broadcasting this one, so Twitter might be the best method of tracking this one. Tip off is after 7:30 for what it’s worth.
Nothing new for the Nets.
All the Celtics are good to go.
Bojan Bogdanovic figures to get some more run with the first team tonight. Bogdanovic had a busy summer and the Nets have been slowly easing him back into the swing of things. He’s been coming off the bench this month, but I think his skills would be utilized best as a starter. The Nets need a big year out of him, and maximizing his minutes with Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez should bring the most out of him.
Kenny Atkinson has been installing the new offense throughout preseason, and as the team gets more experience with one another, they’ll look to make more use of pick and rolls. The starters should see at least 20 minutes tonight as Atkinson starts to establish his regular rotations.
This is where having your own D-League affiliate pays off. Chris McCullough and Isaiah Whitehead did not do enough to make the main roster, so they'll be spending time with the new Long Island Nets throughout the year. Being on the Nets affiliate as opposed to being on a club that featured a bunch of players from other teams will afford the duo the chance to learn, develop, and familiarize themselves with what the big club is doing while also finding quality minutes. Without the Long Island Nets, they would've been stuck on the bench not getting the playimg time they need.
Player to watch: Randy Foye
Foye has been the starting shooting guard as Bogdanovic has been easing his way back into action. The 11 year vet has averaged around 21 minutes a night in his three preseason games, but is only shooting 33 percent on his three point attempts.
He and Sean Kilpatrick will be battling it out for the opportunity to be Bogdanovic's main backup. Kilpatrick hasn't had a good preseason, but he is someone the coaching staff/management likes and played well when he joined the team last spring.
- Why Bojan Bogdanovic needs to do more than score for Nets - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic picked up confidence at Rio Olympics - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Terry Rozier stands out as Celtics’ fashion plate - Adam Himmelsbach - Boston Globe
- Avery Bradley picks up game off the dribble - Mark Murphy - Boston Herald