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Recap: Celtics remind Nets that they’re still the Nets

Chuck - Red's Army October 18, 2012 Recaps 11 Comments

The Brooklyn Nets wanted this game. We knew that when Avery Johnson rested his starters on Tuesday night. The new look Nets were on national television in their new arena against the Celtics.

How did Brooklyn respond? They got steamrolled.

The Celtics were aggressive on both ends of the floor and dominated this game from start to finish. The final was 115-85.

Doc Rivers trotted out Jared Sullinger and Courtney Lee with KG, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. It looks like this will be the starting lineup for the opening of the season. Doc is still tinkering with rotations. At one point, he had Jason Terry and four forwards (Jeff Green, Pierce, Brandon Bass and Sullinger).

Wasn’t it fun watching the guys in green run? Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 9 assists. Courtney Lee played his best game – 18 points, 4 steals and some stifling defense on Joe Johnson (4-14 FG). Jason Terry dropped 5 three-point bombs en route to 15 points.

The mild-mannered Joe Johnson was whistled for a flagrant foul when he pushed Pierce on a drive to the hoop. It was a cheap shot.

A couple of injury notes:

Paul Pierce tweaked his ankle in the second quarter. He returned to start the second half and didn’t appear to have any issues.

Brandon Bass sat out the second half due to a sore knee.

The Barclays Center is a very cool arena. I like the floor, colors and lighting. Same old Nets though.

Box score

John was at the game and posted a bunch of cool pictures on Twitter.

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  • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

    Impressive. Rondo got everyone involved tonight and these guys are just beginning to show some chemistry. It’s ridiculous how deep we are, and 3 of our key guys haven’t even played yet. I’m very excited..

    • Chulinho

      Also, by tonight’s standards, Jeff Green didn’t have a good game, but they still blew the Nets out. I cannot wait to see Zero Tolerance out there. Chris Wilcox too; I think people forget he ran with Rondo a lot last season.

  • Cwin

    Really I dont understand the Nets hype? Does Iso Joe all of the sudden really launch them into contender status? Dont think so…but Blatche looks like he could be a steal for them

  • Chris

    Not getting too excited about a pre season win. But it was nice to see JT and Lee finding their shots, Rondo having options everywhere, Green counter a poor shooting night with some good work on the boards, and Kris Joseph showing that at the very least, he’s a guy who plays well when everyone else is playing well. And oh yeah, Sully is looking phenomenal as a starter.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Terry & PP were on fire…and blowouts will happen when two players combine to shoot 9-for-9 from 3-pt. line.

    Celtic team defense looked real good!

    • Alex

      Blowouts normally do not happen when the other team has 20+ more FTA than your team. That’s what’s impressing me so far.

      • Lunar

        I’ve notice this preseason the Celtics have been getting to the F/T line a lot. That’s impressive, because we haven’t seen that in 3 yrs. The reason for the f/t attempts has to do with the athleticism and guys attacking the rim, finally. I hope this new Celtics team attack more often in the regular season.

      • RedsLoveChild

        An additional 65 FTA would not have saved BKN…not when they get out-shot {57%-37%} and out-scored by 43 points from the floor.

        Boston`s 57% jumps to 61% if Jeff Green had stayed home!

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  • Curt

    Did anyone notice how much the offense was run through Brandon Bass??? He is a ball handler now, if you didn’t notice. And last night he set up at the top of the key and let the other four run some plays. Brandon Bass. Nice.

  • http://twitter.com/itzjaedre Jaedre

    BANNER 18 COMING TO THE BEAN!!!! BRING ON THE HEAT THE REST OF THE LEAGUE WILL BE A CAKE WALK INCLUDING THE VETERAN LAKERS. EVERYONE DOGGED CELTICS WHEN WE WERE THE “OLDEST” BUT NOBODY SAYS SH*T ABOUT LAKERS OR KNICKS. HAHAHAAA #ALLABOUT18