Excitement is certainly surrounding the Brooklyn Nets as they start their run in the 2013-14 NBA season. With the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and a slew of other players, the Nets could wind up being one of the two or three best teams in the Eastern Conference after all 82 games have been played.
However, they didn’t get off to the best of starts. On Wednesday night the Nets started their season in a contest with the Cleveland Cavaliers, hoping to come out of the gate with a statement, even being without new head coach Jason Kidd due to a two-game suspension. That’s not the way things played out, though, as the Nets notched their first loss of the season, falling to Cleveland by a score of 98-94.
Of the new players in Brooklyn this season, Pierce and Terry both played well. Pierce remained as consistent as ever with his scoring and savvy play while Terry provided an offensive spark off of the bench. Kirilenko, however, was sidelined with a back injury that plagued him through the entire preseason and Garnett was solid, but not great, in only 26 minutes on the floor.
Center Brook Lopez continued to look great after making his first All-Star team last season, notching 21 points and four blocks in the contest. However, Deron Williams played only 22 minutes as he still recovers from an ankle injury and Joe Johnson was less-than-stellar with his production.
Though the Nets certainly didn’t look like a juggernaut that many people think that they can be, it’s too early to jump to any conclusions. This Nets team isn’t at full-health yet and isn’t playing under their real head coach. Sure, you would like for them to start off of the year with a win, but there are obviously and almost surely better things to come for this team.