The Nets are loving the heightened excitement in Mexico City as they prepare to face the Thunder on Thursday at 10 p.m.
It may just be another regular season game on the record, but Allen Crabbe describes the anticipation and coverage of the game as being playoff-like.
"We're excited," Crabbe told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It's a different atmosphere playing in the NBA Global Games. You look and you see all these media people, and it doesn't feel like we're in a regular game. It feels like we're in the playoffs or something. There's going to be excitement."
The Nets' contest is the first of two games in Mexico City as they also face the Heat on Saturday. More than 250 credentials have been issued to the media, and sellout crowds are expected for both games. It will be held in Arena Ciudad de Mexico, which has impressed the Nets with it's 22,300 capacity.
"Oh, it's amazing," DeMarre Carroll said. "I was like, wow, I didn't know it was this big. Coming here, I heard about the food -- the food is always good -- great culture here. But when I walked into the arena, my mouth dropped because this is a great atmosphere and I feel like this is going to be a great game [Thursday] night.
"I didn't know where we were going first off, to be honest. But then when I walked in, I was like, wow, this is amazing. So my hat goes off to y'all."
Carroll and the rest of the Nets' players won't enjoy the air difference, though, as Mexico City sits 7,382 feet above sea level. However, the team thinks they will be prepared for the challenge.
"There's a lot more altitude than in Denver -- and everybody knows how it is to play in Denver," Crabbe said. "We're even out here just shooting jump shots, and sometimes you get winded shooting jump shots. They're just telling us to get our rest, hydrate and they're giving us supplements to take, so we're getting an edge and getting prepared for it."
Head coach Kenny Atkinson made Wednesday's practice very light because of the air to keep his players rested and healthy for tonight's game. The team has also had heavy focus on their hydration, diet and the use of steam rooms and supplements to help improve their endurance.
"We went really light. We listened to our performance team with the intensity of our practices and what we're doing. I can't give you all the details, but we're on top of it," coach Kenny Atkinson said. "Playing at elevation is a different deal, so we're trying to do everything in our power to address that."
Spencer Dinwiddie is the only Nets player who has played in conditions relatively close to Mexico City's. Playing at Colorado in college, Dinwiddie had to endure numerous seasons at 5,430 feet above sea level.
"They definitely said the altitude is something to be aware of," Dinwiddie said. "Obviously I played in Colorado for college, so I know a little bit of it. I have a taste of it, a little experience with it. It's always tough when you're adjusting. But it's a level playing field for everybody. They have to adjust to it just like we do."
The Nets are a transtion team that likes to move up and down the court fast. However, the altitude may make that an issue. There going to try it anyway.
"We're a young group, we've got to get out and run, get these guys up and down the court," Carroll said. "We've got to take advantage of our positives, and that's getting up and down the court, tiring these guys out … playing Brooklyn Nets basketball."