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7-9 FG | 2-9 FT | 24 REB | 3 BLK | 16 PTS | +24
Howard put on a defensive clinic. His volleyball spike of Mehmet Okur’s lefty hook attempt in the first quarter that was sent into the stands was worthy of a highlight reel all on its own. The New Jersey Nets could do very little with Howard roaming the paint, as they inevitably chucked up a bunch of jumpers. That’s the Howard effect in full display.
7-14 FG | 3-5 3P | 0 AST | 3 REB | 22 PTS | +10
Anderson just gets it on offense. Very rarely will you see him not attempt one of the three most efficient shots in basketball — the layup or dunk, free-throw, or three-pointer. As the Nets found out, when Anderson does mostly attempt those shots, his efficiency is deadly. Three games in, he has been a resounding success as the starting power forward.
6-11 FG | 2-3 3P | 3 AST | 2 REB | 15 PTS | +7
It was another day in the office for Redick. What’s most impressive about Redick is his versatility on offense. He executed a staggered 2/4 pick-and-roll with Anderson and Glen Davis, feeding a bounce pass to Anderson for a layup. When he wasn’t busy running pick-and-rolls, he spotted up on the perimeter and bombed away from the three-point line. He made several layups in transition, too.
6-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 AST | 5 REB | 16 PTS | +10
For Richardson, it must have been nice for him to string together a good quarter after two bad games to start the season. In the opening stanza of the game, he was able to attack the rim and connect on two alley-oop dunks. Richardon’s jumpshot is still off, though, so the Orlando Magic can only hope he can overcome that problem by getting easy baskets.
|New Jersey Nets
There’s no way getting around it. The Nets are a bad team. Even with Brook Lopez, New Jersey is bad. That being said, MarShon Brooks has the look and feel of a player that has a bright future in the NBA. What stood out the most from him is that he doesn’t hesitate offensively, he just goes. The Nets may just have a promising rookie on their hands.