Shorthanded Nets take on shorthanded Celtics in first televised preseason game


The Brooklyn Nets will be on TV in New York for the first time this preseason. YES Network will broadcast the team’s fourth preseason game tonight at 7:30 P.M. EST, as they take on the Boston Celtics. For fans that haven’t attended the games or found other ways to watch, it’ll be the first time seeing the new-look Nets, who bought out Deron Williams this past offseason.

But you won’t see all of them: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Markel Brown (oblique), and Donald Sloan (hamstring) will all sit out. Thomas Robinson (wrist) is questionable after practicing in full yesterday.

This marks the first game Sloan will miss, and there was no word of a hamstring injury prior to this morning’s shootaround. Hollis-Jefferson suffered the injury during the team’s last preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, and has not practiced since. Bargnani and Robinson both practiced in full for the first time since their respective injuries Tuesday. Brown has been ruled out for the entirety of preseason.

For the Celtics, they expect to be without three guards: Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Smart.

This is one of just two preseason games accompanied by a television broadcast. All 82 Nets regular season games are scheduled on YES Network, though games tend to get dropped late in the season when the New York Yankees return for Spring Training.