The game was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and both teams are playing the second half of a back-to-back. Still, we expect there will be a lot of energy in the building. New York City, and many basketball fans across the United States will be watching the nationally televised game.
The great question is whether or not the building will be packed with mostly Nets or Knicks fans.
The Brooklyn Nets are looking to finally eclipse the shadow the New York Knicks have cast over them for years.
The city rivals play the makeup of their postponed season opener on Monday, a matchup the Knicks insist is just another game but one that's probably much bigger to the Nets.
"I think obviously being on center stage tomorrow night, all eyes on Brooklyn, truly makes this a very special night for us because it's something that we worked for, for so long," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said Sunday. "Even though it's not opening night, it's a dramatic night. I mean, the Knicks are playing well, the Nets are playing well, Brooklyn's certainly embraced this franchise, and I think tomorrow night is hopefully the start of some really special nights between the Nets and the Knicks.
"Yeah, I'd love to win the game, but it's more than that. It's about making a statement that this franchise has arrived and we are certainly part of the conversation when people are talking about pro basketball in New York."
The long wait is over and the time for these two teams to play has finally come.
This game obviously will not make or break the season for either team, but it does give the fans something to banter back and forth about. And for what it's worth, the winner be be the Atlantic division leader, though who's on top of the Atlantic matters more in April than it does in November.
The Nets are trying to create a "rivalry" with their cross town guests and the best way to do that is to come out and win with heart and passion. A win over the Knicks would confirm that the Nets enjoy a great home court advantage in Brooklyn.
Personally, I'm counting down the hours until tip-off. And for those that won't be in Barclays tonight to feel the electricity (and venom) that two border clashing fan bases will emit, check out SNYNets.com and its coverage.
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