The Brooklyn Nets have improved to 2-0 in the NBA preseason, with a 107-88 win over the Miami Heat.Brooklyn played their preseason home opener Thursday night against the Miami Heat. The Nets impressed again, with scoring from each end of the roster.
Some key takeaways from the team’s second straight preseason win.
“D’Angelin” Still Out of Sync
Last night Lin was in perfect stride, scoring 16 points on an extremely efficient 71 percent. Russell looked lost on the court, struggling to find his rhythm. He shot 4-14 for 9 points.
Though both guards seem capable of running the show, they’ll have to learn to work together. Either that, or someone’s going to the bench.
Preseason is no time to panic, but these two guards should take this win with a grain of salt.
Rebounds, Rebounds for Everyone
The Brooklyn Nets were a three-point arsenal in their preseason opener at the New York Knicks. Last night, Brooklyn switched gears and took control on the glass.
The Nets out rebounded the Heat 62-38, with six players grabbing at least five rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson lead the way with nine boards as the team’s starting power forward.
In their next matchup against the Knicks, it will be interesting to see if the Nets can be as aggressive against New York’s cluster of big men.
Carroll Continues to Contribute
As I noted following the first preseason win, DeMarre Carroll looks fantastic. Through two preseason games, he’s tallied 19 points and 17 rebounds.
A big question mark entering this season, it seems Carroll could actually become a consistent starter. Despite his label as a “salary dump” back in July.
Once a part of the Atlanta Hawks notorious 60-win team back in 2014, this forward is no stranger to winning basketball. Watch closely as Carroll is put to the test through the rest of the preseason.
The Brooklyn Nets will be back at Barclays Center Sunday evening, when they play the New York Knicks at 7:30 PM EST.