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Nets visit the Knicks at MSG

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So far, so good. The Brooklyn Nets opened up the six game preseason schedule with a nice 101-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons at home on Thursday evening.

Waiting for the Nets will be the New York Knicks. The Knicks had a very busy offseason and are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Their first preseason game was a 27-point loss to the Rockets in Houston on Tuesday.

Where to follow the game

MSG Network is handling broadcast duties this evening. Tip off is after 7:30.


Two late scratches.  Jeremy Lin and Luis Scola will rest.

Bojan Bogdanovic, who's been taking it to slow to start the preseason after he had to carry the load for Croatia in the Olympics, will play. Same with Isaiah Whitehead who was held out in Game 1.  And the Nets other rookie, Caris LeVert, continues his rehab from foot surgery last March.

Joakim Noah is dealing with a left hamstring injury and won’t be playing. Derrick Rose was in Los Angeles for his civil trial for sexual assault yesterday and his status for this game is unknown. Stefan Bondy reported Friday night that Rose might fly across the country to play. There will be much more discussion about Rose, his trial, and its implications as it progresses.

The game

Brook Lopez had a pretty slow preseason debut. The big guy was only on the floor for 12:32, but he did go 1-2 from three point range. Look for Lopez to work on his three point shot throughout the preseason and if he's able to successfully add it to his repertoire, it can open up a variety of things for the Brooklyn offense. With Noah out, Kyle O’Quinn will start at center. Kristaps Porzingis can play center as well, but he probably won’t spend much time matched up with Lopez tonight.

Let's get this out the way right now...

All good? Good. That Shaqtin a Fool moment aside, Jeremy Lin had a really nice game for his new club. Lin scored a game high 21 points against Detroit and was able to successfully get to the rim against the Pistons defense. Lin mentioned after the game that he would like to get better on defense, and matching up against Rose would’ve been a good test. However, it appears that he will be matched up with Brandon Jennings.

There might be some discussion about Carmelo Anthony’s commentary on Lin, but it shouldn’t be much. Melo’s comments didn’t read like an insult and this "controversy" is much ado about nothing. But the two do have a history stretching back to Linsanity.

Also, the Nets will probably give a little more of a look to Yogi Ferrell, who looked comfortable on the NBA court Thursday night.

Player to watch: Joe Harris

The Nets bench is expected to be one of the worst backup units in the league, so there's plenty of room for improvement. Harris made two three pointers in his 20 minutes of action. The Nets offense has the potential to catch teams by surprise, and having a player that can space the floor like Harris will make things easier for his teammates. How he performs defensively will ultimately have the most impact on how often he plays during the regular season.