The Nets couldn’t have asked for a much better start to exhibition play as they’ve won all three of their games thus far.
Brooklyn started off with a 108-105 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers, before beating the Washington Wizards 98-88 in the first official game at Barclays Center.
On Tuesday the Nets squeaked past the Boston Celtics 97-96 at the TD Garden, with Mirza Teletovic hitting the winning free throw with under five seconds remaining.
It was a very promising win for Brooklyn considering they rested all five of their starters. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries all sat out, while MarShon Brooks was sidelined with right foot tendinitis.
In their place, Teletovic, Andray Blatche, and Reggie Evans stepped up. Teletovic had 18 points off the bench, Blatche put up 23 points and nine boards and Evans was good for eight points, 10 boards and two steals.
What’s more, the Celtics actually fielded a strong team, with all five of their starters seeing action.
Still, the early signs are definitely looking good for the new-look Nets. Lopez has looked strong in two preseason appearances, averaging 18.5 points, 56.5 percent shooting, and 10.0 rebounds per game. Blatche is putting up 17.0 PPG and 7.3 RPG, while Williams, Johnson, Wallace and C.J. Watson have all averaged in the double figures as well.
Avery Johnson has to be very pleased with what he’s getting out of his team as the regular season marches on. Does that make them a viable option with the public’s NBA picks?
Maybe we should hold off on that for now, but tracking the Nets this season is certainly going to be interesting. They have the talent now to secure a seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and it will be fun to see if they can out-perform the crosstown New York Knicks.