The Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 82-80 in a very close game where Paul Pierce took on his former team for the first time since the trade, albeit in a preseason game at the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
• Pierce scored just four points. I say just, but he played a solid point-forward and got five assists and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. It’s not flashy, but this team doesn’t necessarily need that from him. He might only be a 10-15 point per game guy on this team, but he might be averaging close to a triple-double a night while he’s doing it.
• Pierce, who played his entire 15 year career with the Celtics before this season, visited their locker room before the game and was often seen joking around with the players. At one point he was seen on the sidelines chatting with Rajon Rondo during a Nets free throw.
• Neither Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, or MarShon Brooks started. Wallace and Hump did eventually get into the game, but Brooks was limited to just over two minutes of action. Wallace got some cheers when announced, Brooks too, but Humphries was booed. Hump played decently with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Crash was Crash with four points, four rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.
• Boston is a bit of a short team so Jason Kidd used a tandem of Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche very effectively in the first half. Lopez finished with 20 points, Blatche with 14, but neither played much in the second half making those numbers significantly more impressive. I doubt we’ve seen the last of this duo playing together, especially when Kevin Garnett is out.
• Speaking of Garnett, he was out along with Deron Williams (ankle), Jason Terry (knee), Andrei Kirilenko (back), Tyshawn Taylor (ankle) and Tornike Shengelia (knee). So Shaun Livingston was the starting point guard and Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee, and Chris Johnson all played over 20 minutes each. Johnson had the game winning basket, by the way, a couple of free throws to put the Nets up with just seven seconds left to play.
• The Nets have three more preseason games with a game Thursday night in Brooklyn against the Miami Heat. Jason Kidd will have his jersey retired before the game. Game time is 8:00 p.m., but I imagine the Kidd ceremony will be at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30.