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Expect last preseason game to be more like first regular season game

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The Nets will finish up their preseason Thursday and Kenny Atkinson told reporters Tuesday that fans will finally see something close to the team’s regular rotation at Barclays Center vs. the Knicks.

With only one roster spot still to be decided, there’s not a lot of experimenting left to be done.

“Now it’s time to get to our group, and start thinking about how we’re playing in the regular season, and what our rotation is, start getting down to it,’’ Atkinson said. “I think you’ll see a little more of our regular-season combinations.”

That could mean some more pick-and-rolls — operating out of the motion offense —between Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez. It could also mean bigger minutes for Bojan Bogdanovic, who the Nets have slowly been integrating into their new system after his busy Olympic summer.

And don’t be surprised to see Yogi Ferrell, who’s fighting for a roster spot, get big minutes. No one is saying who could get cut if Ferrell makes the team. And it’s always possible the Nets could make a move to open a spot.

The Nets will have six days between Thursday’s game and the October 26 opener in Boston to sort out the final numbers, both in terms of the roster and rotation minutes.

“I think we’ll keep figuring out minutes and getting closer to what we’re going to see,’’ Lopez said. “Obviously guys are gone, it’s going to be different in that regard.”

And yes, Lin will play. He was held out of the first Nets-Knicks preseason game at the Garden on October 9. He’ll start Thursday.

Meanwhile, Charles Barkley checked in with his assessment of the Nets upcoming season.

"The Nets are the second best team in New York," said Barkley. “That's the best I can give you."