Nets-Sixers Open Thread, Kind Of

It all officially-unofficially starts tonight!

Even though anyone not in the arena will be unable to watch, tonight marks the first (preseason) game in Brooklyn Nets history. They’ll face the Philadelphia 76ers in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Nets will be without MarShon Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor, and Jerry Stackhouse, and will start their usual five. The Sixers, playing without the injured Andrew Bynum, will also sit Jason Richardson and Dorrell Wright for rest, according to Coach Doug Collins. They’ll start Jrue Holiday, Royal Ivey, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Kwame Brown.

Coach Avery Johnson said he’d play his core for most of the game. “For me the core part of the game is the first 45 minutes,” Johnson noted, “and we’d like to have 10 or 11 guys play.” Earlier, Johnson said that he’ll have four of his five starters play 24 minutes and a fifth play 18.

Tonight’s game is not televised. If you can access Philadelphia radio, the game’s broadcast on 97.5 The Fanatic and 950 ESPN radio. Otherwise, you won’t be able to listen to the game. I’ll be talking about the game throughout on my twitter account, so feel free to give me a follow (if you haven’t already!)

If you’re in the arena tonight, enjoy the game. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy keeping up online!