Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Big Opening Night Win

Maybe this season won't be as bad as everyone says after all. The Nets came out of our nation's capital with a solid 95-85 victory over the Washington Wizards. A couple things I noticed during the game: 1) Vince Carter is good. Really good. Everyone outside of NJ hates on VC and thinks he's a quitter who doesn't play hard, he's not. The guy showed off his talent making alot of nice one-on-one moves and taking over on some possessions when the offense was struggling but he kept everyone involved but asserted himself when he needed too. Very impressed with his 21 point, 6 assist performance. 2) Yiiiiiii for 333333333 might become Gary Sussman's new catchphrase for home games. Yi was very impressive shooitng the ball, showing a very nice touch and stroke. He was also more agressive on offense then I had seen watching him play in other games. Still must work on defense as he's not strong enough to body up big guys, and he can't compete for boards down low without help due to his lack of strength. 3) The rooks impressed. All 3 saw time and Brook Lopez was most impressive finishing with 8 points and 8 boards. 4) Free agent signings Jarvis Hayes and Keyon Dooling both played well. Hayes may prove to be that lights out shooter the nets have needed off the bench for some time, he finished 6 for 9 for 14 points. he has a quick release suited for the dribble drive offense. Dooling ran the offense well for the 2nd unit, not allowing much off a dropoff from 1st unit production. 5) L-Frank will be much more comfortable playing his bench this year then last year. You can see he trusts the guys on his bench to get the job done, as he played 10 guys and all 10 played over 12 minutes. This is a good sign because i dont think he utilized his bench neither enough over the past few years. Overall a very nice start to the year, look foward to the home opener Saturday

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