After winning Saturday night against the Sixers in Atlantic City, the Brooklyn Nets play their first official-unofficial reflective-not-indicative game in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn(!) tonight. They’ll take on the Washington Wizards, Andray Blatche’s former team.
The game is also the first televised game in Brooklyn Nets history. It’ll be shown on YES.
Coach Avery Johnson said at today’s morning shootaround to expect roughly the same rotations as on Saturday night. That means the starters will likely play the bulk of the first and third quarters, and the reserves will play the 2nd & 4th. If the basketball Gods show mercy, we won’t have any overtimes for the reserves to play in.
Weird interjection: The Nets held their morning shootaround on the practice court, and the Wizards held practice on the main herringbone court. That means the Wizards were the first professional team in NBA history to play on the herringbone court, since the Nets’ only practice in the Barclays Center thus far was not held on the official court. Joe Johnson noted: “I’m a little jealous about that.”
C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Carleton Scott, Josh Childress, Mirza Teletovic, and Andray Blatche played a majority of Saturday’s reserve minutes. Reggie Evans only played a short stint in Saturday night’s game and Tornike Shengelia didn’t play at all. It’s worth noting that Coach Johnson planned on throwing the back-of-the-rotation guys in the final three minutes of Saturday night’s game, but the Sixers coming back from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter threw a wrench in those plans.
MarShon Brooks and Tyshawn Taylor are both out tonight. Brooks will likely sit until the final preseason game against the Knicks, though Taylor may come back earlier.
More to come today. Preseason basketball! Get excited!