Rapid Reaction: 76ers 106, Nets 96
October, 19, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Nets coach Avery Johnson has some thinking to do.
Johnson’s rotation -- which he said prior to Friday night’s 106-96 preseason loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was going to closely mirror that of a rotation he’d use during the regular season -- had Keith Bogans and Josh Childress checking in at the two and three spots ahead of MarShon Brooks.
But Brooks, who has said he wants to win the Sixth Man Award, played extremely well after entering at the 7:03 mark of the third quarter. In 11 minutes, the 23-year-old scored six points on 3-for-5 shooting.
After getting demolished by the Boston Celtics the previous night, Johnson had his starters out at the end of this one. They just couldn’t seem to make the necessary shots and defensive stops to win it.
1. Deron Williams played like his All-Star self, scoring 22 points and dishing out four assists in 36 minutes. D-Will’s best move of the night was his latest killer crossover turned pull-up in the second quarter.
2. Granted, he wasn’t playing against Andrew Bynum, but Brook Lopez finished with solid numbers: 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting and nine rebounds in 34 minutes. The 24-year-old center established himself offensively in the first quarter by getting deep seals and turning them into three-point plays. Still, Lopez’s rotations on defense were driving Gerald Wallace and D-Will mad.
3. Joe Johnson rebounded from a 4-for-14 night to notch 18 points on Friday night. He also did a quality job leading the second unit, which gave the Nets some nice minutes in the third quarter and allowed them to make a comeback.
1. Defensively, the Nets let the Sixers get way too many open shots. After allowing Boston to shoot 56.5 percent, Brooklyn allowed Philadelphia to shoot it at a 49.4 percent clip. Interior-wise, Lopez, Kris Humphries and Andray Blatche just weren’t getting it done. When you’re letting the likes of Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen have their way with you inside, that’s never good.
2. Offensively, the Nets are still working out the kinks. At times, their spacing was poor. Overall, their 3-point shooting (6-for-23) and free-throw shooting (14-for-23) was off.
3. Aside from his defensive lapses, Humphries went 1-for-6 from the field in 13 minutes.
UP NEXT: Nets at Knicks on Long Island at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night. It’s Brooklyn’s final preseason game. Avery Johnson says the starters will play since it’s a long way until their Nov. 1 rematch that actually counts in the standings.