Summer League: Nets vs. Heat (July 8)
ORLANDO, Fla.—Monday, the Brooklyn Nets continued their run at the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League with a 93-86 loss to the Heat at Amway Center. Second-year guard Tyshawn Taylor led the team with 25 points (7-13 FGs, 10-11 FTs) and rookie big man Mason Plumlee built on a strong debut with 23 points, nine rebounds and a block in 33 minutes.
"As the coaches are saying, we're all learning," Plumlee said. "They're learning us; we're learning the game; we're learning each other. It's not easy, but I think we're doing a better job. With the off day tomorrow, by our next game we should be a lot better."
Plumlee again threw down a few highlight-reel dunks and produced some slick post moves, even mixing in a mid-range jumper when it came in the flow of the offense. Point guard Taylor noticeably made a commitment to aggressiveness, racking up a game-high 11 free-throws and three steals, also adding three assists. Coach Jason Kidd set a goal for Taylor of averaging five per game this week.
"We talked about it yesterday, and I thought his effort was there in terms of making plays for his teammates," Kidd said. "Guys aren't going to make every shot, but they were more relaxed today and made more shots. At the defensive end, we gave up too many points, but we can work on that."