G1 Brooklyn Nets vs Indiana Pacers: “We Go Hard”
Culture. Family. Playing Together. Unselfishness. #WeGoHard. The Nets picture taken at the Practice at the Park seems to perfectly capture what the Nets organization has been trying to build since last season. D’Angelo Russell playfully pretended to block Jeremy Lin’s shot next to Quincy Acy and Caris Levert with the Nets motto of “We Go Hard” splashed on the background on the basketball. They seemed to enjoy playing together unselfishly in their first three preseason games with average winning margin of 20 points before getting routed in the last preseason game against the 76ers by almost the same margin. It is a sobering reminder that the team has potential to make a splash this season but they simply cannot allow opponents to outscore them 46-29 in the 2nd quarter and expect to win any games. Which team will show up when first regular season game start?
Before playing their first game of the season on the road, Jeremy Lin stressed the importance of the first 2-3 games. The Nets can’t ease into anything, if they can come out of the gate and play well, they can ride the wave for a long time. If his teammates take this message to heart, put in their defensive effort and keep playing hard and unselfishly for 48 minutes, they should be able to pull away with a win.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 18, 2017
The Pacers and the Nets seemed to have similarities by adding 10 new players and 6 new players for this season so this will be a good litmus test for both teams to see which one might have a better season. The backcourt matchup of Lin/Russel vs Collison/Oladipo would be exciting to watch; the Nets will be familiar with other Pacers starting forwards such as Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Yeung who used to play for the Nets. At the center position, the Mozgov matchup with talented Miles Turner will determine who can dominate the paint area.
The Pacers traded star forward Paul George, who announced he would likely leave Indiana after the 2017-18 season as a free agent, and have 10 new faces.
The Pacers earned the No. 7 seed in last season’s playoffs and were swept by Cleveland in the first round.
“I think everyone is excited about the opportunity,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ll have 10 new faces on the roster going into the season. Anytime you move to a new home there is some excitement. We’ve had a good training camp and it’s time to play a real game.”
Point guard Darren Collison is a new and an old face for Indiana. Collison, who was signed as a free agent, was with the Pacers for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
The Pacers traded George to Oklahoma City for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis. Indiana will have to start the season without Glenn Robinson III, who had surgery on his left ankle and is expected to be out until at least December.
Let’s hope and pray the Nets can continue building their chemistry playing together in their first regular season game and be healthy throughout the season. Let’s go, JLIN!
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