At the end of the 2009-2010 season, the two New York area teams, the New York Knicks and then New Jersey Nets were struggling franchises, with a combined record of 41-123. After their victories tonight, each over a team with recent championships and cores intact, the two New York City teams are a combined 11-2.
The Brooklyn Nets were on the biggest stage the team has been on in quite some time, hosting the Boston Celtics at their new home at Barclays Center on a nationally televised game on TNT. The Nets were up to the challenge, as they were able to prevail 102-97.
At almost the exact same time, the New York Knicks were battling the San Antonio Spurs down in Texas. Entering the game at 5-0, this was a big test for the Knicks as well. Many people are unsure of how good the team is, despite the record, and this would be their biggest test of the season. The Knicks passed their test as well, with a 104-100 win over the Spurs to advance to 6-0 on the young season.
Both teams have more tests upcoming, as the Knicks will face the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night on the road, before returning to Madison Square Garden to face the Indiana Pacers Sunday. Meanwhile, the Nets will travel to the west coast to face the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors in three days.
It is still too early to call the New York Knicks a championship team, and the Brooklyn Nets a team that will go deep into the playoffs this season. What we can say, is that New York City now has two teams that fans can be proud of. Hopefully both teams have plenty more excitement to show.