Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the highly-anticipated season opener between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center being postponed on Thursday evening, the NBA has moved quickly to get a makeup date set.
On Thursday evening, the NBA announced that the game will be played on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn. As originally planned, the game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
Despite Sandy crushing the tri-state area, leaving much of New York City without power and crippling its mass transit system, the NBA was set to go ahead with the game as of Tuesday evening. At the urging of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the game was postponed on Wednesday before Thursday’s rescheduling announcement.
With Bloomberg’s blessing, the Nets are set to open the season Saturday evening against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. The Knicks will open with the defending NBA champion-Miami Heat on Friday evening at Madison Square Garden.
Nov. 26 is the first possible night the Knicks and Nets could play each other without either side being subjected to three games in three nights. With that, both teams will be subjected to a tough stretch of games thanks to the postponement.
For the Knicks, a Nov. 26 game in Brooklyn will mark the second game of a back-to-back and will also form a stretch of four games in six nights. They host the Detroit Pistons on Nov 25 and after the short trip to Brooklyn, will travel to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 28 and come back to MSG to face the Washington Wizards on Nov. 30.
The Nets arguably have it worse. A game on Nov. 26 means the Nets will play six times in nine nights, but that’s only after they come back from a west coast trip that will see them play three games in four nights from Nov. 18-21.
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