Season at a Glance After an offseason roster revamp few could have predicted, the Brooklyn Nets are embarking on their second season at Barclays Center, this time led by team legend Jason Kidd. The Nets will play nearly a third of their games on national television, and were chosen to represent the league in London on January 16, the only regular-season game to be played outside North America.
A tough early schedule (10 road games in the first month) will test the developing chemistry among Brooklyn's All-Stars, but the pressure soon eases off into a more natural back-and-forth flow.
Marquee Matchups The season opens on the road with an October 30 game against the Cavaliers, and at home against the NBA Champion Heat on November 1. The Nets will be featured as part of several major showcases, including Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedules.
And you can be sure everyone's eyes will be on the January 26th matchup with the Celtics, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will return to Boston for the first time since being dealt on Draft day. Expect big ovations for career-Celtic Pierce and Garnett, whose acquistion fueled the team's 2008 NBA Championship.
The Circus Trip For a second straight season, the Nets will head out on an extended road trip as the circus comes to Brooklyn. Though the stay is staged around All-Star Weekend, the Nets will head out on a 13-day trip that takes them through six cities – four of them containing 2013 playoff teams.
The Playoff Push As the season comes to a close, the Nets play a punishing 10 games in 16 days, including four back-to-back sets. But much like the rest of the post-All-Star schedule, Brooklyn faces few playoff opponents – just three of 10 in April, and 14 of 31 overall.
It all builds toward a "Clash of the Boroughs" in the home finale, set for April 15. The fourth of four matchups with division rival New York could prove pivotal for postseason positioning.