In the first half of Monday afternoon's Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks cross-bridge battle, Joe Johnson drew a touch foul on Iman Shumpert going up for a shot. YES Network's replay showed that Shumpert grazed Johnson's hand, but it probably should've been a no-call. Instead, it sent the crowd into a fury and Knicks coach Mike Woodson into rare furor form:
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Mike Woodson, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton

The student has become... well, we're still waiting on that. (AP)

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Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

Expect another dogfight. (AP)

Today, Martin Luther King Day, marks the final of four matchups between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. unless the playoff alignment Gods dictate it so, these two teams won't face off again this year. After the Nets took the first matchup on November 26th, New York responded with two victories: one a 100-97 squeaker that came down to the final play, the other a 100-86 laugher that was done by the third quarter.

In honor of tonight's final Clash of the Boroughs AKA the Battle for New York's Soul AKA Excuse for Spike Lee to Yell A Lot AKA a regular season NBA game, we at The Brooklyn Game have broken down each of tonight's positional matchups, the benches, and the coaches, just to get an idea of what to expect tonight.

Start Here: Deron Williams vs. Jason Kidd

Full list:
Deron Williams vs. Jason Kidd
Joe Johnson vs. Iman Shumpert
Gerald Wallace vs. Carmelo Anthony
Reggie Evans vs. Amar'e Stoudemire
Brook Lopez vs. Tyson Chandler
Bench Mob vs. Knicks Bench
P.J. Carlesimo vs. Mike Woodson

 

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New York is embarking on a unique season of basketball. Never have their been two professional teams, teams that actually play in this city (sorry, football), on this grand a stage and at this close a talent level, jockeying for city pole position. In honor of that recently renewed, borough-created rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Manhattan Knicks, I'm happy to introduce Jared Dubin, Knicks fan and managing editor of HoopChalk and Hardwood Paroxysm. Hardwood Paroxysm recently released an unbelievably comprehensive 137-page NBA Season Preview breaking down all thirty teams. When I say it's amazing, I mean it. Go check it out, download it, tell your friends, and revel in its one-act plays.

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