Preseason Game 5 Recap: Nets 86, Miami Heat 62. The One Where the Defense was Solid, but the Offense was Not

Brook Lopez played the best of any Net on Thursday night vs Miami, scoring 14 points on efficient 6-8 shooting from the field

Not much to say about this one, as indicated by the score, since the Nets easily blew out a Miami Heat team missing Dwyane Wade and many key bench players.

Brooklyn improved to 4-1 on the preseason with the win, although the Nets committed an ugly 25 turnovers (as opposed to Miami's 14). The home team did outrebound its opponent by a 53-31 margin and made eleven more field goals (and two three-pointers). The Heat shot an abysmal 31.8% from the field, 29.4% from three-point range, and 42.9% from the charity stripe. When obtaining those horrific kind of shooting numbers, it's nearly impossible for any team–even the NBA's defending champions–to win or even be competitive.

Some other observations I had from the game: #ReggieEvansReboundCount: nine in 14 minutes in the second half. Reggie didn't play in the first half for some unknown reason but still managed his usually-incredible tally on the boards…..Mason Plumlee played well yet again, amassing eight points and eight boards in 24 minutes. The Nets's first-round pick has been great during the preseason and is in a good position to be in the rotation when the regular season begins.

Looking Ahead

Brooklyn's home preseason schedule is done, and the Nets' next game is next Wednesday in Boston versus the Celtics.

About Josh Burton

I'm a New York native who has been a Nets season ticket holder, in both New Jersey and now Brooklyn, since birth. Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) '18