The 2013-2014 NBA season will commence in just four days with the start of the Brooklyn Nets’ season following just one day after. In essence, the Nets will have five days from their last preseason game until they get their season, one that they are hoping holds a deep postseason run after the additions they made to an already talented roster this off-season.
Brooklyn was able to end their preseason on a high note on Friday night as they delivered a dominating victory over the Miami Heat, who just so happen to be the back-to-back champions of the league. Sure, it’s the preseason, but a victory over the Heat leading into the start of the regular season has to get some good mojo flowing with the Nets.
To be fair, neither the Heat nor the Nets were at full strength for the game. LeBron James was taking some rest for Miami in what was also their final game of the preseason and the Nets were resting Kevin Garnett and were also without Andrei Kirilenko who has been dealing with some issues with his back all preseason.
Though Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and Jason Terry were all impressive in the game, but the most promising performance came from veteran guard Alan Anderson. In 21 minutes, Anderson put up 17 points and two rebounds while shooting a near perfect 7-8 from the floor and a pristine 3-3 from long-range.
Anderson isn’t going to see big minutes for the Nets this season, but he will see the floor on what should be a game-to-game basis. Essentially, his role is going to be to come in and make shots. Considering that Anderson is in his comfort zone only when he’s shooting the rock, that’s perfect for him. If he can duplicate his performance from Friday’s game consistently in the regular season, he’ll be perfect for the Nets as well.
Who knows if preseason momentum is something that will matter when the Nets start their actual season on Wednesday, but they seem to be heading in a positive direction. D-Will is back on the floor, their veterans are rested, and their role players are settling into their niches. The Nets have high expectations for this year and they seem to be heading towards, at the very least, coming close to meeting them.