That'll do. Brooklyn fought back from a fourth quarter deficit and came away with an impressive 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers last night in front of the home fans. I'm a bit lukewarm on Brooklyn Grit as the team's slogan, but that game was the epitome of it so maybe the team was on to something. They get tomorrow off before coming home to play the new look Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Waiting for the Nets will be the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2015-2016 campaign, but got off to a slow start on Wednesday night. They lost 107-96 to the Charlotte Hornets on Opening Night. Once this game wraps up, they head to Detroit to play the Pistons.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV. WCBS 880 AM on radio. Tip is after 8.
Randy Foye is still dealing with a hamstring injury and it's unlikely he makes his season debut tonight.
Brook Lopez, however, will not play. he will rest Saturday, the second game of a back-to-back. In fact, one league source tells NetsDaily Lopez is unlikely to play in any second game of back-to-back’s this season. That’s 14 games. It’s part of a plan to limit his minutes and get maximum performance out of him when he does play
Khris Middleton had to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left hamstring and is out indefinitely. New acquisition Tony Snell missed the season opener on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, but is expected to make his Milwaukee debut this evening.
Brook Lopez needed that in the worst way. After a disastrous debut on Wednesday night, the big man rebounded with an impressive 25 points in 25 minutes. The overwhelming majority of his offense came close to the rim and while he is working to expand his range, keeping him close to the basket might be best for the Nets offense. Miles Plumlee will draw the initial assignment, but Greg Monroe will see the lion's share of minutes at Center for Jason Kidd's bunch. The Monroe acquisition hasn't worked out as expected, so having him come off the bench with the sole purpose of getting buckets could work. Monroe doesn't provide much on defense, so look for Lopez to be an integral part of Kenny Atkinson's gameplan.
Giannis Antetokuounmpo's run as primary ball handler is off to a good start. The Greek Freak scored a super efficient 31 points on Wednesday and even made a three pointer. Giannis is only a 28 percent shooter from deep in his young career, and if he is able to add a reliable jumper into his repertoire, he will become one of the league's very best players. As it is, he's an incredibly hard player to cover, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has the unenviable task of matching up with the Freak.
If he keeps it up, Sean Kilpatrick is going to earn himself an even bigger role on this team. Ever since he joined the team earlier this year, Kilpatrick has been instant offense coming off the bench. When Randy Foye comes back, Atkinson will have an important decision to make.
Matthew Dellavedova is in Milwaukee now, and his job tonight will be to harass Jeremy Lin all over the court. Lin was one assist and rebound away from the second triple double of his career last night. More importantly, he only committed two turnovers in 34 minutes. Even with the Nets playing faster, managing possessions is still the most important aspect of the offense's attack. Delly will have to pressure Lin throughout the night so he doesn't get too comfortable.
Player to watch: Mirza Teletovic
Here's another familiar face. The former Net has bounced around some over the past couple of years. After one year with the Suns, he signed a three year, $30 million contract with the Bucks. The Bucks need to create space for players like Giannis to get to the rim, and having Mirza camped out on the three point line should help with that. He's a fairly decent rebounder, but nothing too exceptional on that front.
Two games in, and Trevor Booker has provided a spark for the Nets. Booker has been excellent on the glass and provides a ton of energy when he's on the court. Booker has a huge advantage on the glass against Mirza and should be crashing the glass at every turn. When he's guarding Mirza, his main objective should be to get him off the three point line.
From the Vault
Mirza's life story is pretty fascinating. Check this out
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