Orlando Summer League: Game 2 – Nets Lose To Heat 93-86

Updated: July 9, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets took on the Miami Heat in their second game of the Orlando Summer League.

The Nets lost the first game on Sunday to the Detroit Pistons 76-67 although there were a few bright spots like rookie Mason Plumlee who impressed with his energy and athleticism.

Brooklyn was led by Tyshawn Taylor who scored 25 points and dropped three assists but once again turned the ball over too much with five turnovers.  Taylor hopes to solidify the backup point guard spot behind Deron Williams but his play must improve to have any shot.

Plumlee has another solid game against the Heat with 23 points, nine rebounds and a block in 33 minutes.  He spoke to the media after and the game and seems to be very grounded and understands the situation.

“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.”

The Heat beat up the Nets on the boards with 14 offensive rebounds that pretty much told the story of how the game was won.  The game was very competitive throughout and the nets were within two points with five minutes to play when the Heat pulled away with late rebounds.

There were some positives to take from the first two games for Brooklyn and none bigger than the strong play of Plumlee.  David Lighty and Tornike Shengelia showed a few glimpses of playing well but nothing to make the coaches too excited.

Jason Kidd looked much more involved in the huddles and looks to be getting his feet under him which is good news.

The Nets next game is Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET. against the Utah Jazz.

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