Paul Pierce, LeBron James

Brooklyn's home opener is tonight. (AP)

It's finally here. The Brooklyn Nets take on the Miami Heat in the team's home opener at Barclays Center, marking the first time that Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Alan Anderson, and Shaun Livingston step on Barclays's herringbone-patterned floor in the regular season as members of the Brooklyn Nets.

Because of that, because of the monumental nature of this game, with the defending champion Miami Heat as opponents, here's a position-by-position breakdown of tonight's matchup. Let this serve not only as a guide to tonight, but a brief on how the teams match up overall throughout the season -- and, hopefully, in the playoffs.

We also compare how the players have looked in head-to-head matchups, and break down their middle names, because The Brooklyn Game has analysis you just can't get anywhere else.

Start here: Mario Chalmers vs. Deron Williams

 

NOT Manu Ginobili & Tiago Splitter, I think (AP)

Okay, so the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers were two nice picnic games for P.J. Carlesimo to start his interim career with. But the Brooklyn Nets don't have a cupcake schedule for long, and tonight face their first test beyond the lottery-bound, taking on the 24-8 San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs are perhaps the most stable organization in sports, having kept their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and coach Gregg Popovich together for over a decade -- unparalleled in the NBA. On top of their stability (or, more likely, because of it), they rank in the top-5 of the NBA both offensively and defensively despite a whirl of changing parts since their last championship run since 2006-07.

To break down the San Antonio Spurs success, welcome Jesse Blanchard from 48 Minutes of Hell, ESPN TrueHoop San Antonio Spurs Affiliate. I've asked Jesse three questions about the Spurs, and he offers a prediction.

Onward!

Devin: The always-aging, somehow never-aging Spurs are 24-8 after 32 games. Yawn. Business as usual in San Antonio, or has something changed that's kept them this good?

Jesse:... MORE →