Following their overtime win in Washington on Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets have had 5 days to prepare for their home opener. That time has come, as the Nets will host the Detroit Pistons tonight at Barclays Center. The game will not be televised on YES or any other channel in New York, so unless you plan on attending the game, you will not be able to watch it.
As of now, we have not heard much from Jason Kidd about how many minutes he plans to play his starters tonight, but we should expect something similar to the first preseason game, where each starter (minus Shaun Livingston who was starting in place of Deron Williams) played 12 minutes. Perhaps Kidd will choose to play his starters in the second half as well tonight.
In terms of injuries, the three injured Nets, Deron Williams, Jason Terry, and Toko Shengelia, will all sit out against tonight. Terry, however, is close to returning and he could play as soon as Monday in Philadelphia. Although there is no timetable for Deron Williams’s return, he still plans on playing in some of the later preseason games and he expects to be 100% ready for opening night.
Brooklyn’s opponent tonight is Detroit, who hopes to make the playoffs this year for the first time since they had Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace. In fact, Billups is back in Detroit, where he plans on tutoring another new addition, Brandon Jennings. Combine those two with Greg Monroe, second year center Andre Drummond and big free agent signing Josh Smith, and the Pistons look like a pretty good team this year.
The Pistons are 1-1 in the preseason, but both of those games were at home and only one of them was against an NBA team. Tonight’s game should be a nice test for some of the younger Piston players on the big stage in Brooklyn.
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