Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will host the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center in Paul Pierce’s first ever game against the guys in green. Although Pierce did not play last night in Philadelphia, he will be back in the lineup tonight in what could be an uncomfortable situation for him. Luckily, he will get this game out of the way in the preseason and should be ready to face Boston for real once the regular season begins.
Again, injuries will be a problem for the Nets. Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, and Tyshawn Taylor are all out with small injuries. Kevin Garnett also will not play due to rest. That was Jason Kidd’s decision even though KG is not exactly happy about it. Jorge Gutierrez may be back in the lineup tonight, which will allow Shaun Livingston to get some well earned rest.
Starting in place of Garnett will be Reggie Evans, who was the Nets’ starter at power forward last season.
Brooklyn’s opponent tonight definitely has some familiar faces. Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks, and Gerald Wallace will all play for Boston. Keith Bogans, the $5 million man, is out with an injury. Of the 4 players, only Marshon has said he is looking forward to come back and play at Barclays Center against the team that traded him. Humphries may also have revenge on his mind when facing Reggie Evans, the player who replaced him in the starting lineup last year. Gerald Wallace is a veteran, so he probably wasn’t happy with the trade to a rebuilding team either. However, he is still making $30 million over the next 3 years, so he can’t complain.
The rest of the Celtics’ squad is leftover players from the Boston Big 3 era: Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, and Jordan Crawford. Rajon Rondo is out and Kelly Olynyk is an intriguing rookie who has looked good so far.
The game will actually be televised on YES tonight with Ian Eagle, so Nets fans complaining about how the preseason games haven’t been on TV recently can stop now.