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Practice time now top priority for Brooklyn Nets

Between now and November 1, the Nets have one preseason game, on Wednesday vs. the Knicks at Nassau Coliseum. That's one game in 10 days, following five games in seven. It's as if the lockout was still on.

The Nets hope that their practices help them deal with their need to jell. Their last two games, vs. the Celtics and 76ers, showed they have a ways to go, particularly on defense. Sunday at noon, they'll start with a practice open to season ticket holders and select community groups. Although billed as an "open practice," tickets are required.

"We’re still learning one another," Joe Johnson told the Post Friday. "We’ve got a group of guys, a lot of the guys were here last year but didn’t get a chance to play with one another. Everybody’s still kind of trying to find their niche on this team, and that’s the main thing right now."