The Brooklyn Nets got Deron Williams and Paul Pierce back from injuries on Tuesday night and they immediately looked much better as they beat the Boston Celtics 104-96 at the Barclays Center for their first winning streak of the season.
D-Will returned from his ankle injury and looked healthier than he has all year as he played 27 minutes, scored 25 points and had seven assists. Pierce played with a glove on his hand and obviously isn’t 100 percent as he shot 0-for-3 and had four points, all on free throws, in 22 minutes. He was coming off the bench and showed some potential with the second unit with seven rebounds and three assists.
After the game, Jason Kidd said that he would see how D-Will feels on Wednesday, but sounded pretty optimistic about the idea that he would have no restrictions following the game. He also liked the way Pierce played with the second unit and said that he would see how Pierce feels about the situation implying that we could see more of The Truth off the bench.
D-Will’s return was the big story, but Brook Lopez is the real star of this team. He finished with 24 points in 37 minutes as the Nets beat the Celtics 48-30 in the paint. Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche also led the Nets with nine rebounds each as they outrebounded Boston 42-35.
The Nets played well in the first when they outscored the Celtics 31-20. They did well enough in the second too, but they really blew the game open with a strong third. That’s when D-Will really came to life with nine points and four assists in that quarter alone. The Nets shot 57.1 percent and while one win isn’t that big of a deal it does give us a peak at what they are capable of.
SHORT ROTATION: With two of his star players back, Jason Kidd shortened his rotation a whole lot. Alan Anderson started with Pierce coming off the bench. Only Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston and Mason Plumlee played more than a minute with Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic on the bench.
REUNION: It was the first time either KG or Pierce played the Celtics in the regular season since joining the Nets. Both admitted that it was somewhat emotional, but said the big reunion will be when they return to Boston.