The Brooklyn Nets debuted against the Sixers on Saturday, in Atlantic City. It was the highly anticipated Atlantic City Boardwalk Classic. Many were in attendance, including myself. For a preseason game, it was a fantastic game from the Fourth Quarter on. The Nets debuted very dominantly. Deron Williams played well, Joe Johnson made some shots, Gerald Wallace was everywhere on the court, and Brook Lopez was fantastic. But, lets see how the Sixers did.
Nick Young: Lou Williams’ replacement went to work on Saturday night. He came out and supplied the Sixers with some much-needed offense when they could not score at all. He hit a monumental three with three minutes left in the fourth to cut the Nets’ lead to four. He also made all nine of his free throws. With twenty-one points on 5/14 FG, 2/5 3FG, 9/9 FT, Nick Young gets an A+.
Maalik Wayns: The Sixers’ backup Point Guard had a fantastic performance against the Nets. For an undrafted rookie, he shot the ball and played like a veteran. He hit a big three in the fourth quarter (93-86, Nets lead) and hit an even bigger three in OT (105-102, Sixers lead). On 6/13 FG, 3/5 3FG, 3/4 FT, with eighteen points, Maalik Wayns gets an A+.
Evan Turner: The former number two overall pick had an on-and-off game. Evan had a terrible first, fantastic second, good third, and bad fourth. He shoot with no confidence in the first and really picked up in the second, knocking down every shot that he made. He helped keep the Sixers in it in the third. He did not touch the ball in the fourth. On 5/14 FG, 0/1 3FG, 4/4 FT, fourteen points, and seven rebounds, Evan Turner gets a C+/B-.
Kwame Brown: The former number one overall pick had a very nice game. Kwame was very aggressive and fought hard under the basket. However, he missed easy shots for a big man and lost the ball a few times. With 3/5 FG, six points, and 6 rebounds, Kwame Brown gets an A-.
Now for the topics.
Andray Blatche made a clutch face-up jumper with twenty-seven seconds left in Overtime to put the Nets up, 106-105. They never looked back.
PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME
Nick Young and Maalik Wayns were the players of the game. They were very productive on the offensive end and kept the Sixers in contention with their stat lines.
WHO TO WATCH FOR
Maalik Wayns is definitely the player to watch for. He is trying very hard to make this Sixers’ squad and made a very strong case with last night’s performance. His game against the Nets could give Maalik the confidence to play his best and make his squad.