But they won’t truly know how they’ll look until Deron Williams (ankle) is cleared to play.
Williams and Jason Terry (knee) did not play in the Nets’ 111-106 overtime win over Washington and are expected to miss Saturday’s game against Detroit.
“That’s what we are still trying to figure out,” Pierce said of meshing with Williams once he returns. “Until Deron gets back, that’s ultimately when we are going to understand what our true potential is going to be. He is going to be the engine that drives us. There is only so much we can do until he gets back.”
Shaun Livingston started at point and had four points and five assists in 18 minutes.
Kidd’s debut: In his first preseason dress rehearsal, Kidd got to coach in an overtime game and even had the opportunity to call two potential game-winning plays at the end of regulation. Garnett admitted it was a little “weird” seeing him in a suit and tie drawing up plays.
“I thought the second group got us (going) defensively and it became a game within the game for those two (units),” Kidd said of defensive competition between his first and second teams. “That second group got some stops where it was a four-minute stretch where they gave up maybe two points.
“So we bring back the first group and they were challenged and they responded. That is something that the way we are built, we are deep. We should always be fresh on the defensive end.”
AK-47: The Kirilenko signing may have flown a bit under the radar in comparison to the big splash the Garnett and Pierce trade made in the offseason.
But Kirilenko is going to be pivotal for the Nets off the bench. He stuffed the stat sheet on Tuesday with 11 points, five assists, five rebounds, three steals, a block and a three-pointer in 23 minutes.
If he can stay healthy, Kirilenko could become an option for Kidd to use at the end defensively and a fill-in starter when a veteran might need a rest or is injured.
Turnover-happy: One thing Kidd did not like in the preseason opener was the Nets’ 24 turnovers.
“We are not too happy about the turnovers,” Kidd said. “But that is expected on the first time out kind of with the hockey rotation (group substitution pattern) we had. As coaches we got to give them a little breathing room. Overall everybody competed from start to end, those guys at the end played their butts off. That just shows everybody is on board.”