Pregame: Preseason Game 3, Nets vs Boston Celtics

The Nets make their television debut tonight on the YES Network as they take on the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. The Nets have a two game win-streak going into their third preseason game and have scored over 100 points in both their games so far. Some interesting side stories developing as the game marks a homecoming for Newark native Shaquille O’Neal and a reunion of sorts for former head coach Lawrence Frank, now an assistant in Beantown.

Three things to watch out for:

  • Can the rookie rebound? After an impressive debut on Sunday, Derrick Favors showed his greeness in fouling out in just 12 minutes of play against Philly. No one thought it was going to come overnight for Favors, but let’s see if the foul issues are a recurring theme against NBA players for the rookie.
  • High-octane offense. It’s been night and day offensively for the Nets compared to last year. In their first two games, they’re shooting at a 50 percent clip overall and they’ve been impressive from downtown, including going 8-12 from beyond the arc on Tuesday against the Sixers. Now they face a tough defense in Boston. Can this offense continue?
  • Point Guard play. Devin Harris said he’s playing tonight, but how much? Otherwise, Jordan Farmar will get the bulk of the minutes at PG as he’s facing a familiar foe in the Celtics. While I understand why Harris should sit if he’s banged in the preseason, this was a familiar theme early for the Nets last year and Rafer Alston never rose to the occasion. Let’s see how Farmar fares in the back-up to the oft-injured star role. He’ll also have his hands full with Rajon Rondo.

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