The original game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy, but the Nets were still able to host the first NBA regular season game at the $1-billion dollar state of the art arena in grand fashion.
Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, minority owner Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce, and NBA commissioner David Stern were among the many in attendance to see the Nets defeat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in front of a sold-out crowd. Unfortunately in the second game of the season, the Nets were unable to hold a 22-point lead and suffered their first lost at home.
The team then travelled to Miami to face the defending NBA champions, Heat, and it got even uglier. The team lost 103-73, but luckily the Orlando Magic were next on the schedule. The Magic not only lost Dwight Howard, but other key pieces on the team, and two back-to-back against the Magic proved to be a cure.
The Nets trounced the Magic in Orlando, 107-68, and after surging to a 20-point lead on Sunday, the Nets were able to hold on to an 82-74 win on Sunday. The Nets should be able to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, and then will face a tough challenge when they host the experienced Boston Celtics.
The Nets big acquisition in a trade during the offseason, Joe Johnson, has started the season slowly. Johnson leads the team in field goal attempts through the first five games, but is only third in field goal attempts. His 32.6% will need to be increased significantly if the team plans to make a run in the playoffs.
Brook Lopez has started the year well, and if he can stay healthy, he gives the Nets a big advantage in the middle. An injury to Gerald Wallace may have been reason for concern initially, but the day-to-day injury shouldn’t have Wallace back in no time.