Preseason2 BKN Nets vs NY Knicks: #Togetherness

Togetherness. Great ball movement. Nets players with locked-in arms around their shoulders during the national anthem to promote unity solidarity and compassion. These are the resounding theme from the Nets Preseason Game 1.

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The young Brooklyn Nets team passed their first test by winning their first preseason game 101-94 over the visiting Pistons. Every win is important despite the well-known mantra that preseason games are usually meaningless. The young Nets experienced the first game executing the motion offense against a well-coached Detroit Pistons team and gained the much needed confidence to know that they can compete with a more experienced NBA team.

It is notable not only because the new face of the franchise, Jeremy Lin, can produce an offensive outburst with 21pts (5 3s) in only 17 min to lead the Nets. But it’s also encouraging to see how the Nets starters can respond quickly after a slow start. Being down 6-14, the Nets took a timeout and made a quick 7-0 run in merely 1 min 23 seconds to make the game competitive. The young team is ways to go before they can find chemistry to find good positioning and spacing but nonetheless, it was a promising start to see all the Nets were committed to run the motion offense and play hard on defense.

Notables: Despite the hot shooting 5 3s, the Nets announcers also highlighted JLin’s true strength and craftiness in driving towards the rim to either score or pressure the defense which will open up opportunities for his teammates.

The second test against the big brother and rival team NY Knicks would be harder on the Madison Square Garden. Lin always relish playing against his old team and for the MSG fans who appreciated him during his short Linsanity run in 2012. It’s evident that Lin’s team got the number against NY Knicks since 2012 with 7 Wins-3Losses record (7-1 if we exclude the LA Lakers tanking season). But can he inspire his Nets teammates to perform well under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden? A win would be huge to instill more confidence in the regular season games that really count.

Let’s hope and pray the Nets can continue playing together in their first preseason road game and be healthy throughout the season. Let’s go, JLIN! You can do it!

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