Even Lionel Hollins admitted that Wednesday’s win in Toronto meant a little more considering the venue. Unfortunately, all of this recent good work can be undone in a weekend.
Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Philadelphia 99-91 on Wednesday night to extend the 76ers’ season-opening skid to 15 games – matching a franchise record.
Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.
Anderson averaged 7.2 points, 1.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes for Brooklyn in 2013-2014. He appeared in 78 games and made 26 starts.
That’s right. Jason Kidd, on his 41st birthday, outwitted the Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, a championship coach, with the game on the line.
Brook Lopez’s broken foot might not be a death knell for the Brooklyn Nets.
Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Much has been written about the precipitous decline in Kevin Garnett’s game, but the talk about Pierce has been in more hushed tones. His instincts can still be useful — as long as it’s in a reserve role.
This year’s Nets team has the potential to be off the charts, with far superior depth to support a starting five that has accumulated 35 All Star appearances
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says “this is the window” for his retooled team to push for a championship.
Most sports fans focus on baseball and football during October. For the new-look Brooklyn Nets, however, this just might be their most important month until April.
While many of the faces have changed from the group that lost a Game 7 home game to Chicago to end last season, many of the same challenges remain. Below, I list the Nets’ three biggest question marks going into the 2013-14 season.
Anderson averaged a career-high 10.7 points last season for the Toronto Raptors.
No big shots from Rudy Gay on this night. He hardly made any shots at all. Neither did Carmelo Anthony, bothered by what he called a dead arm after being hit in the biceps early in the game. Toronto won the battle of supporting casts, and the game.
The Nets’ opening night win at Barclays Center was a big step forward for the revitalized franchise.