Not only are you going to see Devin Harris, Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez together for the first time tonight if you come to Newark or watch on YES, you are going to see the Nets’ speed, quick game and athleticism on full display. At least that’s what Lee said this morning.
Giving a little insight into the offense, Lee said the Nets want to get the ball past midcourt in 2.5 seconds. They do have the athletes to get quick scores – that is if they come up with a steal or a stop.
Now, that doesn't mean the Nets will run every time. There are going to be times when it makes more sense to slow down the game and play through Lopez -they should and will do that plenty - and let Harris create. But With Lee, Harris and Terrence Williams you expect the Nets will be able to create some turnovers with their quickness and ability to play the passing lanes.
Since we haven’t see Harris and Lee together, we asked what that backcourt combo would be able to do
“Defensive wise we’re definitely going to be able to be up into you, pressuring you 94 feet and also just run through passing lanes, sliding into position to help quick and then on the offensive end getting out running and attacking,” Lee said.
Will we see that tonight?
“You’re going to see some of that tonight,” Lee said. “Coach likes to play a fast-paced game. That’s our jobs when we go out there, to play as hard as we can, go as hard as we can for as long as we can. You’ll definitely see that tonight.”
Lee and Harris both said their feet and ankles feel fine.
Judging by what we saw today at the end of practice, the starting unit tonight could be Harris, Lee, Lopez, Yi Jianlian and Chris Douglas-Roberts. That could be the starting five for opening night, too.
Congratulations to the Dooling family. Keyon and Natosha welcomed their first son, Keyon Dooling, Jr., into the world on Sunday. He has three older sisters, Deneal, Gabrielle and Jordan.