Scola recorded 14 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and five assists across 28 minutes in Thursday's 100-97 preseason loss to the Celtics.
Scola has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in all three of his preseason appearances, but it doesn't seem to have given him any momentum in the job battle at power forward. Trevor Booker has started all four of the Nets' exhibition contests at that position and delivered his best game Thursday night, recording a double-double of his own with 11 points and 12 boards. Scola looks like he'll open the season as Booker's primary backup, but both players could see the minutes at the power forward distributed relatively evenly between them.
Scola submitted 12 points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 121-100 preseason loss to the Heat.
Scola's strong mark from the free-throw line salvaged an otherwise ugly shooting night, but he still managed to outperform starting power forward Trevor Booker (four points, eight rebounds) in the same amount of playing time. With three starts in three preseason games, Booker looks like the favorite to open the season with the top unit, but Scola offers a floor-stretching change-of-pace option for coach Kenny Atkinson to lean on. It wouldn't be surprisingly if the two big men ended up roughly splitting the minutes at the position in most games.
Scola, now 36-years-old, has found a new home after a 2015-16 campaign with the Raptors in which he averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 22 minutes per game through 76 games. Despite his age, the veteran has been able to stay healthy for the most part, appearing in at least 76 games throughout the past four seasons dating back to 2012. Although he was a starter in Toronto, Brooklyn's frontcourt features the likes of Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. This may call for Scola's role to be slightly reduced as he enters his 10th season in the league.
The veteran forward was tabbed for the start in Game 2, but ended up receiving the same 14-minute allotment he'd seen in Game 1, when he came off the bench. Scola wasn't able to make much of an impact during his time on the court, and could potentially return to a reserve role in Game 3. Prior to his game action in the series opener, the 36-year-old had played only five minutes over the prior eight postseason contests, with the entirety of that playing time having come in Game 3 of the second-round series versus the Heat.
Scola will start in Thursday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers.
Scola played just 14 minutes in Game 1, recording seven points and two rebounds, making it a shocking last minute announcement that he'll draw the start over Patrick Patterson. The change is likely due to the Raptors getting blown out in Game 1 and looking to change things up to improve going forward. Look for Scola to see a large minutes increase while he is in the starting lineup.
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