Josh Newman, SNYNets
Hurricane Sandy postponed Thursday’s originally-scheduled, Knicks-Nets opener to Nov. 26, so tonight will mark the beginning of the Brooklyn Era for the Nets after 35 years in New Jersey.
Below is your pregame primer.
Despite Hurricane Sandy, Thursday’s cancellation and the opener being played two days later against a different team than expected, the historic moment and what this means not only for the Nets, but for Brooklyn as well, is not lost on Nets head coach Avery Johnson.
“We’ve been working towards this for a quite a while now and it’s just great to be in the building,” Johnson said. “It’s great to see our guys get ready for the game and not just our players, it goes further outside of these walls. You’ve got a community we want to represent properly. It’s a great responsibility, but I think it’s one we’re all excited about.”
Despite New York City’s mass transit system still not being fully-operational in the wake of the storm, Barclays Center is expected to be near or at its basketball capacity of 17,734.
Raptors coming off loss
The Raptors come to Brooklyn three nights after falling to the Indiana Pacers, 90-88, in their opener. The game featured the Pacers ripping off a 16-4 run to close it, highlighted by a 5-foot floater from George Hill with 2.1 seconds left to provide the final score.
The Raptors provide several intriguing matchups as Kyle Lowry will face Deron Williams at point guard.
Lowry is coming off a strong opener with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 36 minutes.
In the post, agile 7-foot center Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, will be a good test for Brook Lopez. Bargnani shot just 4-for-16 from the field and scored 16 points against the Pacers and 7-foot-2 All-Star center Roy Hibbert.
Childress, Stackhouse to sit, Bogans limited
Josh Childress will sit tonight and probably Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a sore left ankle, an injury he was hampered with throughout the preseason.
The ankle issue began early in training camp for Childress and it never really got 100 percent better. He suited up for the Nets’ preseason finale against the Knicks on Oct. 24, tweaked it then and after returning to practice on Wednesday, had another setback.
After battling various ailments throughout preseason, Jerry Stackhouse will be the other inactive Net tonight.
Keith Bogans, who like Childress has battled injury throughout the preseason, will have his minutes limited tonight with a sore right knee.
Despite the injury, Bogans will suit up for what will be his first regular season game since Feb. 8, when tore a deltoid ligament. The Nets waived him on Feb. 14, then resigned him on July 19.
NBA TV to televise game
The NBA announced today that NBA TV has added Raptors-Nets to its lineup following the postponement of Knicks-Nets on Thursday.
With Saturday’s NBA TV broadcast, the Nets will have 17 games on national television this season.
Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA.