By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19
Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengalia played for the Springfield Armor of the D-League on Saturday night, and impressed Head Coach Avery Johnson. This is important to have them ready for a week in which the Nets play five games in seven days this week.
Taylor, a guard, scored a team-high 32 points, while Shengalia, a forward, had a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Johnson said of them, “I thought it was a good experience to get them some action down there. They had some highlights, felt they were effective, did what they had to do, and played a lot of minutes.”
“Ty did a good job of breaking down defenses,” said Johnson, who called Shengalia a “multi-dimensional player.”
Taylor said of the game, “It was good for me personally, good for the coaching staff to see me since they haven’t seen me in extended game action since the summer league.”
The D-League is meant to give players game action, and does not act like minor leagues in other sports where it’s a demotion.
Of the experience, Taylor said, “It wasn’t bad at all. Springfield was aneasy trip, good for me to get some minutes.”
Both played most of the game, and Taylor said light-heartedly, “Haven’t run that much in a while, my body was in shock.”
This could serve the Nets will with games against Philadelphia on Sunday, Boston on Christmas Day Tuesday, at Milwaukee on Wednesday, and back home for Charlotte on Friday and Cleveland on Saturday.
Johnson can rotate them in by the end of the week if he wants to rest players like Jerry Stackhouse, who’s been out recently with a knee problem; Josh Childress, who has a nagging foot injury; and, in general, cut the starters’ minutes by the fourth and fifth games.