The Brooklyn Nets proved last night that when they are remotely close to being healthy, they can be dangerous.
The return of Deron Williams and Paul Pierce did provide a spark for the Nets. They came out with a determination that has been missing for some time now and gave the Boston Celtics all they could handle.
Kevin Garnett was locked in for the game as he should be going against his former team. Paul Pierce didn’t start, choosing to come off the bench and providing a stable cornerstone for that is missing with the injuries to Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko. Alan Anderson played another solid game while Joe Johnson continued to struggle to get his shot to fall.
Brook Lopez has returned from his injury determined to show the league that he is vying for the title of being the NBA‘s best center. Williams’ return gave the fans hope of what this team could do if he can stay on the court. The bench production came from Andray Blatche, the leading Sixth Man of the year candidate in my opinion. He is the scorer of the second unit and he has proved that he can take the ball inside, or step back on the perimeter and knock a jumper down.
The Nets are coming together slowly, and this is what you have to expect due to their injury issues. When everyone is clicking together like they were against the Celtics, this is the team that fans had picked to challenge Miami Heat for NBA supremacy. With Williams healthy, the Nets are ready to make a run — the rest of the league had better take notice.