Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — After the Brooklyn Nets starting unit showed chemistry and cohesion that was hardly indicative of a team playing its first game together, an inspection of the game's box score showed a rather conspicuous "DNP - Coach's Decision" beside Tyshawn Taylor's name.Afterwards, he spoke to SNY.tv about his progress and when he hopes to make his debut.
"Tuesday is probably not going to happen," Taylor told SNY.tv. "Right now, it's definitely looking more like Thursday."
Three days ago, coach Avery Johnson ruled Taylor out of Saturday night's game against the Sixers in Atlantic City and Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards in Barclays Center. Johnson, at the time, said that Taylor could play in Tuesday's game in Boston against the Celtics if he showed significant progress.
With MarShon Brooks expected to miss at least a week, Taylor could be leaned on to provide the Nets with some minutes at the guard position. On Saturday night, Keith Bogans logged 15 minutes and Carleton Scott played 20. Neither is expected to get heavy rotation minutes once the season begins, so Taylor would have probably seen time over either of them.
Still, he's taking it all in stride.
"Just to be here is a blessing," Taylor said. "I don't want to come back half stepping, I just want to continue to rehab and get out there when I'm ready."
There was some doubt as to whether or not Taylor would be able to debut in the preseason, and he says he believes he will. "Yea, I think I'll be back before the preseason is over. I want to get at least one or two preseason games under my belt," he told SNY.tv.
From his spot on the bench, Taylor had a good view of Keith Bogans' first shot of the night. With 1:32 remaining in the first half, Bogans got a good look on a baseline three-point shot after Deron Williams found his way into the paint and kicked it out. Bogans' attempt hit off the side of the backboard and wasn't even close.
After the game, Williams jokingly chastised Bogans about the errant shot. "Now, I've seen a lot of guys crack backboards with dunks," Williams said. "But has anyone ever seen a guy crack a backboard with a three?"
Taylor remembered the shot as well and hopes his first shot is a bit easier. "Yea, I'm going to be nervous," he said. "I hope my first shot is a lay-up or something. I don't want it to be a long jumper... It might end up in the crowd or something," he added with a laugh.
For what it's worth, Taylor did some light shooting prior to tip-off and looked to be moving well. He believes he will be able to play in Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics, but knows it's important not to rush.
"I want to play, for sure," he said. "But I understand that it's a long, 82-game season, and the most important thing is to make sure that I'm healthy for the long haul... It's a long season."
With Brooks still in a walking boot, the Nets could certainly use Taylor. But nobody seems to be in a rush to bring him back too soon. And that's a good thing.