We controlled the game the entire game. There was a purpose to get last night out of our minds and set the right foot forward to the road trip.
The Nets scored 36 (!!) first-quarter points and never looked back. The Nets controlled everything: they shot better, they rebounded better, they defended better, they played harder. To say they merely controlled the game is an understatement. They were dominant and embarrassed the Pistons in front of their home crowd.
- Greg Monroe was the lone bright spot (though mostly early). He scored 17 points on 10 shots, but that was offset by 6 turnovers. The next step in Moose's development must be to eliminate some of these turnovers.
- Jose Calderon left the game with flu-like symptoms but hopes to be ready to by Friday.
- Rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English both got significant burn. English didn't suck, and Middleton mostly did.
- Whither Jonas Jerebko? He continues to look nothing like the player we all loved for two seasons.
- Deron Williams cut the Pistons' defense like a warm knife through butter, putting up 31 points in a mere 28 minutes.
- Jerry Stackhouse embarrassed the Pistons with 10 points on 5-6 shooting in just under 20 minutes. If you can't stop Jerry Stackhouse, you're doing it wrong. Or in Rodney Stuckey's case, if you can't outproduce Stack in 14 more minutes, you're doing it very, very wrong.
- Brook Lopez had a field day, putting up a mostly uncontested 18 points on 7-10 shooting in 23 minutes.
- Box Score.
- Advanced Box Score for those who aren't feint of heart.
- If for some reason you thought Brian Hill was the problem, I'd recommend watching this game on repeat for a day or two. Lawrence Frank didn't have any answers either.