NJN@WAS 10.29.08

Nets Take Opener On Road

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

Nets 95, Washington 85

Wash., DC, Oct. 29 — The Nets took their home opener on the road against the Washington Wizards, 95-to-85. Of course, the Wizards were without rehabbing PG/SG Gilbert Arenas, but still you can\’t fault the Nets for winning.

The Nets played when it counted and held their own all night. Star SG Vince Carter had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go with 6 assists. Starting PF Yi Jianlian sparkled with 17 points on an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor to go with six boards and reserve SF Jarvis Hayes, signed as a free-agent in the offseason, showed what he can do by coming off the bench to make an important contribution against one of his former teams to pour in 14 points, grab five rebounds and snag three takeaways. All-in-all, not a bad night\’s production.

While this is only one game and you don\’t want to get too giddy, the Coach played ten players and all contributed or impacted the game in some way: A good sign! Another was that veterans Vince Carter and PG Devin Harris (13p, 5a, 5r) did what they had to do when they were supposed to. In other words, they put the game away when it was hanging in the balance.*

Rookie C Brook Lopez did what he was supposed to after a rocky start coming off the bench. He got going in the second half and finished with 8 points and 8 boards to go with a few blocked shots. That\’s what a big man is supposed to do. The man in front of him, C Josh Boone delivered a solid game on the defensive end.

SF Bobby Simmons probably had opening night jitters and was off with his shot, but all considered, he and rookie PF/SF Ryan Anderson made their contributions. Ryan is a very nice addition to the team and could wind up as a very valuable player.

Now, remember, this is only the Arena-less Washington Wizards. Still, not bad for a night\’s work. The Nets held their opponents to 37% field-goal shooting and that will win you one most of the time. The defensive effort was very nice to see.

Drawing conclusions from only one game will get you in a lot of trouble, but it was nice to see a smile on President Rod Thorn\’s face as he exited the Arena. After enduring the end of the Kidd-Jefferson era, he should have something to smile about!

All the same, former PG Marcus Williams returns to New Jersey on Saturday with his new team, the Golden State Warriors, to see what they can do against the Nets. Like the Wiz, the Warriors are without their own star backcourt ace: Monta Ellis.

The game gets underway at 7:30pm at IZOD Center in the Meadowlands. The TV broadcast is on YES!

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