Takeaways: Nets conclude preseason with wire-to-wire win over Timberwolves

The Nets finished their four-game preseason slate Friday evening by way of breezing previous the Timberwolves, 112-102 on the Target Center. The wire-to-wire win marked their 2nd consecutive preseason dub, however the efficiency wasn’t in regards to the ultimate ranking. It was once about stacking the construction blocks on each ends of the hardwood, piece by way of piece.

Brooklyn’s offense flourished right through the competition with some minor tough patches alongside the way in which. More than anything else, it was once about their protection in opposition to a workforce that sees itself as a Western Conference contender. The Nets confirmed that regardless of lacking a handful in their key avid gamers — Joe Harris (foot soreness), Seth Curry (ankle rehab), Edmond Sumner (hip pressure), and TJ Warren (foot rehab) — the workforce has the intensity to patch wounds.

The preseason finale for Ben Simmons was once a brief and swiftly so. It’s no longer commonplace to look a participant foul out in a preseason contest, let on my own sooner than the fourth quarter starts. The 26-year-old fell sufferer to a couple questionable calls and fouled out in simply 13 mins of motion. He concluded his preseason shift with two issues (1-of-3 capturing from the sphere) to pair with six assists and two forums. He additionally completed with a +15 in +/- score.

Simmons having his evening minimize quick because of foul bother didn’t diminish Brooklyn’s offensive manufacturing — 42.0 p.c capturing from the sphere / 40.0 p.c from 3-Point vary — from the starters to the bench. Kevin Durant piled up a quiet but dominant 20 issues, six assists, two rebounds, a scouse borrow, and 3 rejections in 31 mins. Kyrie Irving led the scoring barrage with 26 issues to move with 4 assists, a board, and 3 steals in half-hour.

Outside of the brand new “Big Three,” Royce O’Neale — who’s proving his case as a starter — ended with 11 issues, 4 assists, and 8 rebounds. Day’Ron Sharpe recorded a double-double off the bench with 15 issues and a game-high 13 rebounds. Cam Thomas adopted the bench manufacturing with 11 issues in 22 mins and served as playmaker, dished two neat assists and a block. He did flip the ball over 5 occasions.

“I think you could feel us improving, turning a little bit of a corner,” stated Steve Nash. “I I feel really good about the group’s energy right now. They’re playing hard, they’re playing together.”

For Minnesota, it was once the start in their giant experiment prematurely, the pairing of Rudy Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns in type of a Twin Towers surroundings. For the evening, Towns who was once Ben Simmons fee early, completed with 15 issues and 9 rebounds however shot 4-of-12 total and 1-of-6 from deep. Gobert hit all six of his pictures and completed with 16 issues and 8 rebounds. Neither had a block. D’Angelo Russell was once excessive guy with 17, capturing 7-of-13 and 2-of-5 whilst handing out six assists — and turning the ball over an equivalent choice of occasions — in 27 mins.

The Nets and TWolves had been tied in rebounds at 46 and Brooklyn had one fewer turnover, 15, than Minnesota. It was once Minny’s first preseason loss after 4 wins.

Roster Update

As anticipated, the Nets waived Donovan Williams, the 6’6” wing they signed 24 hours previous. That put the Nets at 19 avid gamers. He’s most likely headed to Long Island. The Nets roster must be finalized by way of Tuesday.

Injury Update

Before the sport, Steve Nash informed Nick Friedell the place issues stand with his injured avid gamers…

Edmond Sumner who has hip soreness could also be day by day.

Grady will get a cameo on YES

Michael Grady is in his rookie yr with the Timberwolves, now the lead announcer in Minny after being the sideline reporter — and a fan favourite — in Brooklyn.

Chris Carrino and Frank Isola gave Grady a shoutout on their telecast.

What’s subsequent

Preseason- Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Pelicans

Photo by way of Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE by way of Getty Images

After topping off a preseason in nice type, the Nets will now hit the season opener in opposition to the Pelicans at Barclays Center on Wednesday evening. The recreation is slated to tip at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For a distinct standpoint at the preseason finale, take a look at Canis Hoopus — our sister web page protecting the Timberwolves.

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