Spec I was at the game for the first half. My sister and I took my nephew who is just turning 1 and figured this would be a good trial run since no one would be there. Btw I'd be shocked if the actual attendance was over 1,500. However you had to print the tickets for the game as most season ticket holders haven't received theirs yet and there probably aren't very many walk ups.
Anyway, Keetch is right we weren't boxing out. It was mainly Twiggy but Davidson didn't do any better in his first half minutes either(defense or rebounding wise). That's my problem with Hollins, through summer league and pre-season he just doesn't seem to be in the right positions to provide what we want him to. Either way the overall defense in the first half was horrid. They crowded the paint and didn't recover to shooters on the outside. Hardly saw anyone fronting the post except Crash. Btw he is visably bigger but I'd say he might have lost some quickness. At times he looked like he was lumbering around instead of being the sleek cheetah we know he is. Could have also been him hurting some because he fell hard once pretty early in the game and it seemed to linger with him a bit.
Overall I have to say that I was disappointed in what I saw. Felton looked lost most of the time. He couldn't get into the lane like he should be able to and didn't run the pick and roll well with anyone. He hardly created any opportunities for himself or anyone else. In fact most of our guys looked like they were thinking too much while on offense. If you watched New Jersey everyone was calm and moved with purpose although that could easily just be the difference in them playing together so long and us having a new coach.
Also just to add we weren't running very much in the first half. NJ was shooting well so there were fewer opportunities for us but I just didn't see us trying to push the tempo. The Nets did a good job getting back on transition D and shutting any attempt at a fast break down.