Rapid Reaction: Celtics 115, Nets 85

October, 18, 2012
10/18/12
10:45
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WHAT IT MEANS: Good thing this one doesn’t count.

The Brooklyn Nets lost for the first time this preseason -- in embarrassing fashion -- 115-85 to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night in their second-ever game at the Barclays Center.

The fans at the $1 billion arena produced their first boos with 7:32 left in the third quarter.

THE BAD:

1. In the first quarter. With their starters on the floor for the majority of the quarter, the Nets shot 3-for-16 from the field and had six turnovers. They were plagued by poor spacing and too many perimeter jumpers. Of course, Boston’s hyper-active, suffocating defense also had something to do with it.

2. Nets coach Avery Johnson had to be frustrated with his team’s defense, which was at times non-existent. Seriously, the Celtics got basically whatever shots they wanted. By any metric -- whether it be field goal percentage (56.5, 11-for-19 3-point) or Johnson’s self-made stats -- it wasn’t pretty. Top-10 defensive team? Might be a bit lofty.

3. Joe Johnson is going to have nights like this one on occasion, nights where he shoots 4-for-14 from the field and doesn’t contribute much otherwise. Johnson was called for a flagrant foul in the third quarter.

4. Deron Williams (10 points, six assists, six turnovers, 2-for-8 shooting) wasn’t any better.

5. Brook Lopez was pulled off the floor just 4 minutes, 8 seconds in. Not good. Played way worse than his stat line (14 points, seven rebounds) indicated.

6. MarShon Brooks made his preseason debut, but didn’t have much of an impact. His failure to box out at the end of the opening period certainly won’t do him any favors as far as playing time is concerned.

7. Andray Blatche, who had been having an incredible preseason, was dominated inside by Kevin Garnett. Not like Blatche is going to have to D up KG every game, but still.

8. The Nets’ second unit provided no spark. It remains a work in progress, especially defensively.

THE GOOD:

1. The Celtics play basketball the right way. Assuming they stay healthy, they probably win the much improved Atlantic Division for a sixth straight time.

2. Tyshawn Taylor, thrust into a backup role with C.J. Watson resting, gave the Nets some solid minutes at the point.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. the Andrew Bynum-less Sixers, Friday night in Brooklyn

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8

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