By Kristian Cuaresma
Despite going 1-1 against Magic Gaming less than twenty-four hours ago, NetsGC will get ready to take on Pistons GT in a pair of games tonight at 7:00 p.m. (EST).
NetsGC navigated through an up and down evening the previous night, but the team won’t be given the opportunity to dwell on miscues as they prepare for another stiff test in Pistons GT.
These two teams last met during THE TIPOFF, when they battled it out for group supremacy, but unfortunately NetsGC dropped both of its games – one of which included a buzzer beater by Choc being called back.
This matchup will be NetsGC’s first Western Conference opponent of the regular season. With two games already under its belt, the team will look to remain at .500 at the very least by the end of the night, especially as the group jockeys for early positioning in what is gearing up to be an intriguing Eastern Conference race.
Pistons GT Expected Lineup
After Pistons GT advanced past what many referred to as the “Group of Death,” its journey in THE TIPOFF soon came to an end at the hands of the same Magic Gaming team NetsGC saw last night. Pistons GT was ultimately swept 2-0, but game two was decided by only one point, a testament to the team’s fighting spirit considering Magic Gaming’s 27-14 third quarter.
While Pistons GT’s fans patiently await for the arrival of their new star point guard Radiant, Greenlight will once again be called upon to lead the team’s offense. When NetsGC last squared off against Pistons GT, the rookie guard – selected No. 25 overall – exploded for 41 points.
This time around, Greenlight will be joined in the backcourt by a different teammate, free agent pickup Idris. The NBA 2K League veteran, formerly of Knicks Gaming and Bucks Gaming, is holding down the fort until Radiant makes his debut. He’ll be asked to play a role similar to what another free agent in Killey was able to do for the team during this past weekend.
Bridge to Victory?
For NetsGC and Pistons GT, the quick turnaround between their last matchup means this will almost feel like games three and four of a playoff series, or as close as you could possibly get to that feeling this early in the season.
This sense of familiarity indicates that both teams may have to dive deeper into the playbook, and execution likely plays a huge factor as a result. Against Pistons GT, NetsGC was plagued by early turnovers in game two, which then opened the flood gates. Ball security will be instrumental in any outcome which favours NetsGC.
Finally, preventing Greenlight from finding his groove early will also increase Brooklyn’s odds of coming away with a win. Pistons GT often found itself in trouble whenever opposing defenses made life difficult for the rookie, and it’ll be up to Dante and the rest of the NetsGC defense to make something similar happen.