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.

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Nets preseason schedule

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

The moment you've all been waiting for!

Sort of.

The Nets announced their preseason schedule today. It features home and away games against Miami. Cue the excitement.

Here it is:

10/8/13, Tuesday, 7:00 PM, at Washington (Verizon Center)

10/12/13, Saturday, 7:30 PM, vs. Detroit (Barclays Center)

10/14/13, Monday, TBA, at Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Arena)

10/15/13, Tuesday, 7:30 PM, vs. Boston (Barclays Center)

10/17/13, Thursday, TBA, vs. Miami (Barclays Center)

10/23/13, Wednesday, 7:30 PM, at Boston (TD Garden)

10/25/13, Friday, 7:30 PM, at Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Brooklyn’s Ready… Just About

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by Andrew Gnerre Comments

 

Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center

“They're gonna play 'The Addams Family,' this is America.”

It was the third quarter of the first Brooklyn Nets preseason game at Barclays Center, and I was dissecting DJ Enuff's choices with my friend Andrew, and longtime Nets fan/prisoner. It was a particularly cathartic moment because, several years ago, I had guided Andrew toward the Nets when he came to me asking where to lay his NBA allegiance. He was born into a baseball family, so had no team by birthright; he was from Los Angeles and he’s sensible enough not to be a Lakers fan and (in the pre-Blake era) not want to be a Clippers fan. He was in the rare position to rightfully claim whichever team he wanted. I pitched the Nets. And, in an atypical victory for the New Jersey squad, I won.

My friend was rudderless and I tossed him a not-yet-inflated life preserver with a hole in it—then tied weights to his feet and shouted something about Brooklyn as he drowned.

So when he and I crossed the threshold and entered Barclays for the (sort of first) Nets game in Brooklyn, my sigh of relief was tremendous. We made it.

I promise I won’t spend all season comparing the Brooklyn experience to Jersey, but boy is it tough right now. Because this is way different. Or rather, it will be way different. This first preseason game was a fascinating study of an arena —- in every sense of the word -- trying to shake off 35 years of stigma and grease on its way to becoming the premiere basketball happening in the world. In other words, it’s preseason.
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The Brooklyn Nets play their third game in a four-games-in-five-nights set tonight, their second against the Boston Celtics. The game is broadcast on TNT tonight. A Nets game is broadcast on national television. Wait, check that. A Nets preseason game is broadcast on national television. The Nets have only been on national television by accident since 2008. Now they're broadcasting preseason games on TNT with Marv in the booth. We talkin' bout preseason. PRESEASON!

Current Boston Celtics guard & former New Jersey Net during the boatloads-of-fun 12-70 season Courtney Lee can see it's all new. "It's definitely weird," Lee said about the arena. "We drove out here, saw the Barclays sign, and then coming to the bus -- the bus has an elevator. That's the first time I've ever seen something like that. It was definitely crazy, man."

Lee, who's been critical of the Nets before, spoke highly of the team. "They improved a lot. I mean, even with the ownership, Jay-Z doing concerts here getting the momentum behind it, I think that they just did a complete 180. I watched a couple preseason games and it looks like they had a nice crowd here, so that's a lot different from when I played for the Nets."

Avery Johnson reiterated the injury report -- Jerry Stackhouse is out (knees), C.J. Watson will sit (rest), and MarShon Brooks is a game-time decision. He expects to run a more regular-seasoesque rotation tonight. Gerald Wallace was operating under the assumption that Brooks would play, though that was before Brooks went through the shootaround.

Johnson also spoke about the team's individual defensive rating, separate from the standard points per possession metric. "We have our own defensive rating that we keep in-house outside of a stat sheet. There are about 10 or 12 different categories. We take the total number of possessions that we're on defense, then subtract how many breakdowns we've had defensively based upon our system, game plan, and individual tendencies. Then we come to a score.

"There's a certain number that we try to achieve and once we achieve that number, especially if we've played good offense, then we're normally successful," Johnson added. "We're not there yet."

Bonus: Deron Williams weighed in on the new 90-second pre-game rule: “It’s kind of quick. I don’t really have a routine. I just take off all my stuff, give everybody a high-five and try to get out there, and I was rushed last time. It’s a little short, but it is what it is.”