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Mason Plumlee Shines Again During the Brooklyn Nets 93-86 Loss to the Miami Heat

July 8th, 2013 at 8:36 PM
By Christopher Mann

'Mason Plumlee | Duke Blue Devils vs. UNC Greensboro - December 19th, 11' photo (c) 2011, James DiBianco - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The Brooklyn Nets took on the Miami Heat in their second game of the Orlando Summer league this afternoon. The Nets lost 93-86, but the team looked much better on Monday afternoon then they did against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

The Nets played much better offensively, which was due to an improved performance by Tyshawn Taylor. The second year man out of Kansas played a better game today against the Heat and looked more comfortable on the floor. His shots were under control and in sync with the offense. He forced a few passes and pushed the ball too much at times but overall Taylor played well. He finished with 25 points, which was a team high.

At this point in his career it doesn’t seem likely that Taylor will ever develop into a true point guard. Despite his good game he still had 5 turnovers and only 3 assists. This means Taylor probably won’t see a lot of court time this year, barring an injury to Deron Williams or Shaun Livingston. However, Taylor can get to the rim and has the mentality that he can knock down any shot in the gym. With his size and speed Taylor’s future might be as an “instant offense” player off the bench, much like his new teammate Jason Terry has been for years. 

Mason Plumlee shined again today, just a day removed from his first professional game where he put up 10 points and 14 rebounds. Today, against the Heat Plumlee played a great game, scoring 23 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. He was 8-8 from the field and shot 7-11 from the free throw line, where he struggled in college.  He ran the court extremely well and even played a little point forward, running the court and dishing off to his teammates in transition on several occasions.

Despite a few big dunks, the most impressive play of the night from Plumlee was a sky hook in the paint over a Heat defender. Plumlee let the game come to him offensively and when the ball was in his hands he was patient and looked to make the best play, whether that was creating a shot for himself, a teammate or drawing a foul. He has really played great in his first two games and should continue to grow as the summer progresses.

Tornike “Toko” Shengelia played a pretty good game, despite not putting up good statistics (6 points, 5 turnovers and 4 assists.) Shengelia really showed a high basketball IQ tonight while making some great passes throughout the game. He is at his best when he is out on the break, but seems to struggle when the team slows down and sets up the offense (where many of his TO’s occurred.) He will really need to improve his shooting this year, which was not good today (2-8 from the field). Overall, Shengelia has the potential to be a good NBA player, he is smart, has good length, plays well on the break and throws his body all over the court. If he continues to progress, he could be a dangerous weapon in the future for the Nets.

Coach Jason Kidd’s record is now 0-2 in his career, but it is far from time to panic or second guess the Nets decision to hire him. He is really starting to progress as a coach and becoming much more comfortable in his role on the sideline. In Game 1 against Detroit, he played second fiddle to Lawrence Frank for most of the game. Today was a very different story, Kidd was leading the huddle during most of the game and Frank would chime in when necessary. The combination of Frank’s strategic sideline mind and Kidd’s player’s mentality should mesh extremely well and give the Nets the best of both worlds. Coach Kidd also seems to have learned his boundaries and did not receive any technical fouls in today’s game. 

Overall, the Nets played much better today. They struggled a lot down low for the second night in a row but Plumlee will likely be the only big man from the Summer League team to make the NBA roster anyway, so it isn't a big concern.

The Nets are off tomorrow but will play Wednesday at 11 a.m. on NBA TV against Trey Burke and the Utah Jazz.   

Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams, Detroit Pistons, Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank, Mason Plumlee, Miami Heat, NBA, Orlando Summer League, Summer League, Trey Burke, Tyshawn Taylor, Utah Jazz

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