Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks Pre-Game Report

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Yogi Ferrell (10) is fouled by New York Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (40) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The second preview of the “Battle of the Boroughs” sees the New York Knicks facing the Brooklyn Nets tonight at the Barclays Center.

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks will face off in the second of their two preseason matchups tonight. Even though the Knicks are without former MVP and new starting point guard Derrick Rose, look for this to have the feel of a regular season game.

This will be the last preseason game for both the Knicks and Nets, and it will be interesting to say the least, especially after their last matchup. Their previous contest was close for about three quarters before becoming a blowout. The Knicks took the last matchup this preseason but for the Nets, there was no Jeremy Lin, and Brook Lopez only saw 13 minutes of time.

We are heading into this game not knowing what we could possibly see. Just don’t be surprised if Kenny Atkinson treats this game like a regular season game for the Nets.

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Nets’ Keys to Victory

Establish the Three-Point Shot: From the start of this contest, the Nets must establish the three-point shot and make sure they get it going early. If there’s anything that the Nets have shown they want to do come the regular season, it’s become a good three-point shooting team. Brooklyn has a chance to prove they can be in their last preseason game tonight.

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Run the Pick-and-Roll Effectively: With new Net Jeremy Lin now having big man Brook Lopez at his disposal, the Nets’ biggest strength can be the pick-and-roll. Kenny Atkinson recently stated that although he knows the Nets’ biggest strength can be the pick-and-roll, he hasn’t used it because he wants to try out different things in the preseason. As tonight is the last preseason game, don’t be surprised if the Nets try and use the pick-and-roll and look to do it effectively.

Rebound, Just Rebound: The Nets must rebound; they’ve had some rebounding problems this preseason on multiple occasions, and that can’t happen. The Knicks have size and length to effectively rebound against a team like the Nets and if Brooklyn can’t grab boards tonight, this game may already be over before it even starts.

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Starters:

Nets:

Knicks:

Notes:

  • Knicks: Derrick Rose will be out tonight as Knicks’ Coach Jeff Hornacek said it was a decision of the coaching staff after his court hearing this past week had just ended yesterday.

This Knicks team is revamped and refreshed and is looking to make the playoffs after a three-year drought. The Nets, on the other hand, are looking at things in the long run and are trying to build a powerful brand of basketball for the future. Tonight, the next chapter in the Battle of the Boroughs will be seen in preview number two of this year’s battle between both teams.

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