Sunday, October 12, 2008

Euro Trip

The Nets trip to Europe was largely a success, heres a breakdown of the 2 games:"

France (Thursday): An overtime 100-98 victory. The Nets got a scare when Vince hurt his hamstring while attempting a runner, but luckily he turned out to be ok though he didn't return. No worries though as Chris Douglas-Roberts stepped in and scored 18 points off the bench including leading the Nets on a 12-2 run toward the end of the 1st half. That kind of instant offense off the bench is something the Nets have badly needed for years and hopefully this performance is a sign of things to come. Devin Harris played well shooting 7 of 11 for 21 points but he did have 5 turnovers. Despite not shooting the ball well (3 for 12) Ryan Anderson finished the game with 9 points and 9 rebounds, if given minutes he will be a consistent double digit rebounder in this league. Josh Boone played well off the bench scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 boards, he continues to impress with his play and is proving doubters wrong that he cant be a starting caliber player in this league. Eddie Gill made a case for a roster spot finishing with 14 points, while Mo Ager struggled. Stromile Swift and Trenton Hassell also struggled in extended minutes.

London (Today): Another close game decided down the stretch but the Nets prevailed 94-92, they must close out close games like these this year which has been a problem for them in the past few years. Vince Carter returned from injury to lead the team with 19 points while Yi scored 17 (7 of 13)in his Nets debut. Brook Lopez also impressed in his 1st live game action finishing with 8 points and 13 boards (7 offensive). Camp invitees Brian Hamilton and Julius Hodge did nothing to help their chances as both played poorly. CDR came back to earth after his 9 of 15 performance in france, finishing with just 5 points.

Overall the trip seemed to be a success, the team won 2 close games and saw promising performances from many of its young players including Yi, Lopez, Anderson, and CDR.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

excellent analysis. great blog. I will be reading with interest during the season.