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The Nets open preseason vs. Pistons

Brooklyn Nets

Welcome back... kinda. We’re three weeks away from Opening Night in Boston and the new look Nets will begin their six game preseason schedule at home in the Barclays Center. Although the Nets aren’t expected to be very competitive this year, there is a lot of room for improvement and they can start laying the groundwork for future success this season.

Making the trip into Brooklyn will be the Detroit Pistons. Although their 2015-2016 season ended in a four game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was still a fine season for the Pistons. They finished above .500 for the first time since the 2007-2008 season last year with their 44-38 record. They’re looking to take another step forward this season.

Also on hand for the game: owner Mikhail Prokhorov who greeted new and veteran players at shoot around.

Where to follow the game

YES Network on TV. Tip off is after 7:30.

Injuries

Greivis Vasquez is coming along nicely as he recovers from ankle surgery, but it’s unlikely he plays tonight. Caris LeVert is still rehabbing from foot surgery. Bojan Bogdanovic isn’t injured, but the Nets are slowly easing him back into the swing of things after a jam packed summer so he probably won’t be playing much, if at all.

Reggie Jackson will miss this game and plenty more due to knee tendonitis. Marcus Morris disloacted his finger in practice last week and is working his way back into shape, but he should see some time on the floor tonight.

The game

The preseason is where you fine tune things, and for the Nets, it’ll be a great opportunity to develop some chemistry on offense. Jeremy Lin will be running Kenny Atkinson’s offense and his ability to get to the basket will open things up for his teammates. With Jackson being out, the tenor of this game has changed for Detroit. Ish Smith will handle the PG duties for the time being and the team might be looking for a backup to the backup. The pickings are pretty slim, though.

We’ll be seeing two former Arizona Wildcats that figure to play big parts in their teams’ success this year. Rondae Hollis Jefferson and Stanley Johnson both had solid rookie campaigns and were their teams’ best perimeter defenders. What also unites them is the need to develop their outside shots.

Player to watch: Trevor Booker

The power forward position is up for grabs, and Booker has a good opportunity to help his case starting tonight. Booker ran with the first team during Open Practice over the weekend and has the advantage on defense over Luis Scola. Booker doesn’t provide much on offense outside of crashing the O-glass, but the Nets aren’t looking for him to score so they don’t have to worry about it.