Posted on: September 28th, 2014 by Max Rodriguez Comments

 

Projected record: 28-54, 12th in East

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Rajon Rondo

The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo for 6-8 weeks. (AP)

Head coach: Brad Stevens
Projected record: 28-54 (12th)
2013-14 record: 25-57
2013-14 ORtg: 99.7 (T-27th)
2013-14 DRtg: 105.2 (20th)
Players in: Marcus Smart, Marcus Thornton, James Young, Tyler Zeller
Players out: Jerryd Bayless, Kris Humphries
Projected Starting Lineup: Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger

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Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah

Kevin Garnett and Joakim Noah have a history. (AP)

In 11 chances to play on the second half of a Brooklyn Nets back-to-back this season, Kevin Garnett has sat out in four of them. It's part of coach Jason Kidd's plan to rest Garnett during the season, to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

But he'll play tonight against the Chicago Bulls, as expected:
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Paul Pierce left the Boston Celtics this summer after sixteen years with the franchise, the last seven with mercurial but sorcerous point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo's known for a variety of moves and abilities, but likely none more common than his famous fake, palming the ball behind his back as a fake to shift the defender backwards before slithering past, usually for a layup.

Rondo didn't invent the Rondo, he only popularized it. So Pierce, now with the Nets, probably didn't learn the Rondo from Rondo. But he still pulled off a hell of a Rondo against the Dallas Mavericks. Watch above.

 

Jordan Crawford

Are the Nets suitors for the Boston Celtics point guard? (AP)

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Near the end of the Brooklyn Nets victory over his Boston Celtics, former Nets forward Gerald Wallace's frustration boiled over just a bit. After an intentional foul on Alan Anderson, Anderson tossed the ball in Wallace's direction, which Wallace fired back at Anderson in frustration. Nets teammates quickly pointed out Wallace's toss, and Crash was quickly assessed with a technical.

Though Anderson handed the ball somewhat innocently to Wallace, it's like the old saying goes: they never get the guy who throws the first shot.

 

See that chart above? That's a visualization of the career PER arc of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the former Boston Celtics that the Brooklyn Nets traded for this offseason in the hopes of erasing their spacing and defensive issues that doomed them last season. But both Garnett and Pierce have stumbled out of the gate, and even though a decline isn't unexpected (Pierce is 36 years old and Garnett 37), this type of decline is stunning and immediate.

PER is one of those all-encompassing stats that doesn't tell the full story, but it's safe to say this is an accurate representation of how badly these two new Nets have looked this year. The Nets currently sit at 4-12 and 13th in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks.

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Gerald Wallace

Former Nets forward Gerald Wallace (AP)

Boston Celtice small forward Gerald Wallace spent about a year and a half with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, never shy about giving his honest opinion. Speaking with The Boston Herald on Sunday, Wallace was asked about the Nets' struggles so far this season. Here's was he had to say:
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Paul Pierce

Nope. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets continue their #WeTalkinBoutPreseason Tour vs. the Boston Celtics in Boston tonight, and they'll be without the top six in their rotation: All five starters will sit out, along with sixth man Andrei Kirilenko. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and YES Network at 7 P.M. tonight.

Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are getting a rest day, as are former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. (Garnett and Pierce traveled with the team, but are not expected to show up tonight at TD Garden.) Deron Williams will sit out as he rests his injured right ankle, though he returned to contact drills and 5-on-5 work in practice yesterday. Andrei Kirilenko has back spasms, and did not travel with the team after feeling his back tighten up during the team's open practice Sunday.

The Nets project their starters as Shaun Livingston, Jason Terry, Alan Anderson, Andray Blatche, and rookie Mason Plumlee, though things are always subject to change before tipoff. Terry is making his debut with the team tonight, after sitting out most of training camp and all preseason games following offseason knee surgery.

Here's three things to watch:
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The Brooklyn Nets have two postseason games on the road left before the regular season starts: they'll head to Boston on Wednesday to face the Celtics, before closing preseason in Miami against the Heat on Friday.

Two Nets won't be making Wednesday's trip: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who the Celtics traded this offseason to the Nets. Pierce was a lifetime Celtics player, having played fifteen years with the team before the trade this offseason, while Garnett had spent the last six seasons in Boston.

From Rod Boone:

Some Celtics fans may think of this as "ducking" Boston, which is silly; since it's only preseason, it makes sense not to make such an emotional return in game that doesn't really matter. Besides, they'll go there on the days it counts, barring injury. Call it another "reward" day from coach Jason Kidd.

 

Ever thought about what it might be like to walk in Kevin Garnett's shoes? Well, you still can't do that, but you can have the next-best thing: feel what it's like to wear his suit to a business meeting.

Yes, Kevin Garnett moved this offseason, in a blockbuster trade that sent him from the Boston Celtics (and his home in Concord, Massachusetts) to the Brooklyn Nets. We usually talk about the on-court impact of Garnett's move, but there's also the off-court issues: finding a new home, a new community, deciding where his daughter should go to school, and moving all his things from one state to another. His Massachusetts house is on sale for a puny $4.85 million, but in the move he left a few things behind, notably his clothes.

From the Boston Herald:

K.G.’s old pants, shirts, jackets, cashmere sweaters and hand-tailored suits are up for grabs — all custom-designed for the 6-foot-11 Big Ticket — at just 50 bucks apiece. And if you’ve seen the size of Kevin’s clothes, there’s probably at least $50 worth of material in each item.

“They’re all really nice, after all he was making like $20 million a year,” said Phil Castinetti of SportsWorld, who bought 150 pieces of K.G.’s clothing from the company Garnett hired to clean out his house before it put it on the market last week.

According to the Herald, most of the clothes are from Garnett's OBF Clothing line, embroidered on the inside with "Exclusively for Kevin Garnett." You can buy them from Castinetti on a first-come, first-serve basis. Good luck.