Pregame Open Thread: Brooklyn Nets open Barclays Center vs. Toronto Raptors

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

Chat about tonight's Brooklyn Nets-Toronto Raptors game here.

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The Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets play the Toronto Raptors tonight. Here's what you need to know:

TV: The game is being simulcast on the YES Network and NBATV. Ryan Ruocco and Jim Spanarkel are tonight's commentators.

Starters: The Brooklyn Nets will start what I'm hoping I can call their standard five for a long time: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Brook Lopez. The Raptors are expected to counter with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, and Jonas Valanciunas.

Key reserves: The Brooklyn Nets will likely trot out a second unit of C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks, Mirza Teletovic, and Andray Blatche, anchored by starting shooting guard Joe Johnson playing small forward. The Raptors are expected to play power forward Ed Davis, point guard Jose Calderon, and center Amir Johnson quality minutes.

Doppelgangers: Reggie Evans vs. Quincy Acy.

Injury Report: The Brooklyn Nets are without Josh Childress tonight, and Keith Bogans will be limited. The Raptors are at full strength.

Season standings: This is the Brooklyn Nets' first game of the season, giving them the dubious distinction of being the last team to play their first game both in preseason and in the NBA. The Raptors are 0-1, after falling to the Indiana Pacers 90-88 on Halloween.

In the building: Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is on hand tonight, along with ex-Brooklyn Dodgers stars Ralph Branca and Joe Pignatano. For the first game in Barclays Center history, more are sure to arrive.

The Brooklyn Nets will win if... they pick-and-roll the Raptors weak defense to death with Deron Williams and whoever Deron Williams feels like making into a roll toy, space the floor around their shooters, and post up Joe Johnson & Brook Lopez on bad mismatches. Defensively, they have to stay on their string and limit the Raptors to one opportunity.

The Brooklyn Nets will lose if... they rely too much on isolations, long two-point shots, and allow offensive rebounds. The Raptors scored 11 quick points on 9 putbacks (including 1/2 free throw shooting on a foul) and grabbed 29% of all offensive rebounds available against the Pacers (a high team number). Deron Williams is a solid post-up point guard, but if he relies on that on his starting matchup -- Kyle Lowry, a bull of a point guard -- the Nets may struggle.

In NBA 2K13: Nets win, 112-100. The Nets jumped out to a 34-21 first-quarter lead and never looked back, leading by double digits for most of the game. The Nets never trailed, shot 8-13 from deep, and out rebounded Toronto 54-38 (including 15 offensive rebounds). All five Nets starters scored in double figures, Deron Williams leading the way with 28 and 8 assists on 10-23 shooting. Kris Humphries grabbed 15 rebounds (Lopez 8). Bargnani led the Raptors with 27. Nets 2K13 record: 1-0


  1. avatar jsalkin1 says:

    So excited for tonight! Avery cites the defense as key and is not happy with it yet. Time to see what we have on that end.

  2. avatar Sandy Dover says:

    This is the biggest moment for New York basketball in years, and a defining moment of the city.

    The Brooklyn Nets will be definitive for the NBA and New York City entirely.

    1. avatar jsalkin1 says:

      Absolutely. This is a huge moment, for Brooklyn especially. The Nets are poised to become one of those teams guys love to play for and that makes tonight exciting as well. Even Prokhorov and Billy have eluded to it. Guys like LeBron and Melo were not sold on something in the process of being built, but this is built

      1. avatar Sandy Dover says:

        I think ‘Melo would’ve come, but it’s bigger than him, and he’s proving that he isn’t transformative, and with the way that he’s been playing, he can stay in Manhattan!

  3. avatar joshsperber says:

    I’m so pumped for the Nets season to start! LET’S GO NETS! #hellobrooklyn

  4. avatar jsalkin1 says:

    So pumped! Melo is not a necessity at all! What I love is that the move has changed the perception of the franchise; it’s so incredible!

    1. avatar joshsperber says:

      Neither was Dwight! I love the way the Nets are looking right now!

  5. avatar jsalkin1 says:

    I love the offense. We will score with anyone. But the defense does need to improve. The first quarter to me was unacceptagle on that end.

  6. avatar joshsperber says:

    Nice run to start off the 2nd!

  7. avatar joshsperber says:

    I think the defense is going to take a while to improve, it might look bad starting off, but it’ll get where it needs to go.

  8. avatar jsalkin1 says:

    That is definitely the goal. That end will determine where this team can go.

  9. avatar joshsperber says:

    What a play! haha

  10. avatar joshsperber says:

    I’m loving the Nets fast break and transition offense. 9 turnovers already! Awesome!

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