BROOKLYN NETS: Defense Calls In Sick On First Day Of Work.
Wait till the first home game, right?
Deron Williams' pre-season assessment with regards to playing defense must be taken at face value. He accused the Nets of being lazy last season.
- Lazy is defined as unwilling to work or use energy.
To watch it in application, one must look no further than game one of the 2014-2015 regular season.
The early returns are now in. Coach Hollins' efforts to improve the defense have paid off handsomely - for Boston.
In truth, the Nets looked lethargic playing against youngsters.
The (rebuilding!) Celtics jumped out to a 32-23 1st quarter lead and never looked back. By halftime, they owned a decisive 67-41 lead over the visiting Nets, en route to a dominating 121-105 final in Boston.
While the Nets were more proficient from the free throw line, and even out-rebounded the Celts 39-35, they also turned the ball over 20 times that contributed to 25 points the other way.
Rajon Rondo and 7 other Celtics scored in double-digits. Boston was 49/88 (55.7%) from the floor.
Rondo also broke down Brooklyn's statuesque defense with a game high 12 assists, which helped the Celts outscore Flatbush 62-40 in the paint.
Brooklyn on the other hand was 39/80 (48.9%) from the floor (which for them is actually good).
Off the bench, Mirza Teletovic led all scorers with 20 points. Deron Williams led all players with 39 minutes, and led the Nets with 8 assists. He and Joe Johnson contributed 19 points each.
In his first game as a Net, Jarrett Jake played 30 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points.
Kevin Garnett was the fifth Net in double-digits, with 10 points to go along with 6 rebounds in 23 minutes time.
Next stop for the lumbering Nets is Detroit, where they'll face the Pistons Saturday night.