Two days after the Nets reserves beat the Celtics, the two teams will battle again Thursday, this time in Brooklyn. The Nets will be seeking their fourth straight pre-season win while the Celtics will try for only their second, having compiled a disappointing 1-4 record so far.
The game will be the Nets second nationally televised game of the week. After being on NBA TV Tuesday, they'll be on TNT Thursday. But unlike Tuesday, Brooklyn's starting lineup will be on the floor and have three days rest. Avery Johnson let his reserves play the whole game in Boston and they came through with a last minute win, with their two European rookies, Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia supplying the heroics.
For Joe Johnson and the rest of the Nets, this will be another chance to show their fans around the country and back in Brooklyn what they're made of.
“It’s great, man," Johnson said of the atmosphere in Brooklyn. "Everyone is excited, anticipation is high, and these fans, they want the best, and they want it now.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers all had kind words to say about the Nets following the game Tuesday, although Rajon Rondo and ex-Net Courtney Lee were less impressed.
"They’re a team that’s going to be right there at the end of the day in the Atlantic Division," Pierce said. "This is a deep division, one of the deepest I’ve seen since I’ve been a Celtic. So it will be a challenge for us."
The Celtics signed Leandro Barbosa on Wednesday. He is unlikely to be available.
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