Nets-Raptors, 7:30 P.M. – Pregame Open Thread:

I didn’t quite think anything could top the Melo-drama from last season in terms of craziness and twists and turns, but boy was I wrong. Dwight Howard’s lack of anything that resembles a logical decision-making process has caused the Nets the fans to go on an emotional roller coaster comparable to that of a hormone charged teenager.

Here’s the facts of what we know:

  • The Nets play the Toronto Raptors tonight, in New Jersey.
  • Dwight Howard will not be in uniform for the Nets, or the Raptors for that matter.
  • Deron Williams will also not be in uniform for the Nets, but that’s because he is still sidelined with a calf injury that has caused him to miss the past two games.
  • Kris Humphries just played the best game of his career and is looking more and more like a living, breathing, starting power forward.
  • The Nets, miraculously, are just 4.5 games back from the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, which means they remain in the playoff hunt, which means this game matters.
  • Or does it? The internal debate of what is better for this franchise long-term remains: fighting for the 8th playoff spot or tanking to ensure a lottery pick?

And so, amidst all of the crazy “source-driven” paranoia that has become the NBA and more specifically Nets fans’ existence these last 12 hours, the Nets season marches on.  And as hard as it may be to examine these games for the present and not the looming unknowing future, well then, good for you, you’re a better man than me.