By Mihnea "Mike" Gheorghita
It’s been Comeback City at the Verizon Center, as the Nets start their season with a win against Flip Saunders’ Wizards. Starting the game with a ridiculous number of turnovers –just like against the Knicks – the Nets may have to worry about this new issue on the long run, as passes aren’t locked down, hesitation is still there in the first quarter, and Brook’s decisive scoring presence wasn’t there tonight.
Yet John Wall and the Wizards were shot down after leading by as much as 21. It’s been all about runs, both sides managing 11-2, 12-0, 9-0, 8-0 runs and such. The Nets managed to overcome their little turnover problem from the 1st quarter (and somehow managed to pass it along to Washington towards the end), and Brook Lopez must have taught Hump some new moves, as he was all over the place, dunking and shooting.
Players of the night: Deron Williams – short of a triple-double (to Andray Blatche’s despair), the Nets’ floor general started out slow with a turnover and some missed 3’s, but finished the game leading all scorers with 23, 8 boards (guess Lopez was smiling at home) and 8 assists. Some great passes and even enabling Johan Petro to get that foul line shot that he’s good at.
Kris Humphries – brought in from the New York K-Dash, the Nets’ Settlement League affiliate, Humphries proved every fan that watches E! how wrong it is to judge a man by the popularity of his ex-wife’s show. The double-double machine that he is, Hump went right back in with 21 points and 16 rebounds, added to Damion James’ 14 and Williams’ 8. He also proved that he can shoot just as well as Brook Lopez, but prefers to finish strong at the rim.
Honorable mention: Sundiata Gaines – Yatta makes his hip injury forgotten and gets a 7-4-4, also equaling John Wall’s 2 steals. Not a bad way to spend 18 minutes with Deron Williams playing SG.
Rookie watch: We got a glimpse of Jordan Williams on the sideline, he seemed ok, but he’s still sitting out. 2 offensive boards and 6 points for Providence rookie MarShon Brooks, who only played 8 minutes.
Next up, Atlanta!
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