(Sports Network) - The Brooklyn Nets finally make their debut at their new
home tonight when they host fellow Atlantic Division rival, the Toronto
The team was scheduled to play its first game in Brooklyn Thursday night
against now state-rival the New York Knicks, but the game was canceled due to
the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
So now, the Nets debut in Brooklyn against the Raptors. The Nets will be
Brooklyn's first major league sports team in 55 years.
Including the move to Brooklyn, the Nets had a spectacular offseason.
They re-signed All-NBA guard Deron Williams and traded for an All-Star
backcourt compliment for him in the form of Joe Johnson from the Atlanta
The Nets brought back Gerald Wallace, who they traded for late last season,
then refused to let the Dwight Howard saga linger, so they pulled out of that
sweepstakes. They brought back their own big guys, Kris Humphries and Brook
Lopez, and now have a great starting five and a chance to contend for the
Atlantic Division title.
"You never know how fast a team is going to come together, how things can come
together," said Williams. "But I think our veteran leadership is going to
help. We've got guys who are proven at this level."
The Raptors won't be at the Nets' level much this season.
They're certainly improved, but the Atlantic Division is too tough for
They fell in their season opener at home against the Indiana Pacers when
George Hill threw in a floater with about two seconds left in the game.
"That was a heartbreaking game, and it hurts to lose, but there were a lot of
positives," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We just have to learn how to win
late in games."
Kyle Lowry, who was acquired in the offseason from the Houston Rockets, led
the Raptors with 21 points and eight assists. Andrea Bargnani netted 16 points
and rookie Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double in his debut with 12 points
and 10 rebounds.
The Raptors didn't shoot well against the Pacers (36.3 percent from the field
and 35.3 percent from the 3-point line). Toronto didn't do a great job
defending Indiana either. The Pacers shot 47.4 percent from the field and a
jarring 45.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Raptors have won nine of the last 13 meetings with the Nets, but the two
teams split the last eight meetings.
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