by BrooklynFans.com executive producer Pete Tenney (@PeteTenney)
It’s just a preseason game, but no one likes to be embarrassed on their own floor. Especially when a team is trying to establish themselves.
Newcomer Joe Johnson seems to be receptive of a team wake-up call:
The Nets were blasted by the Celtics 115-85 Thursday night, in an atmosphere way too reminiscent of recent New Jersey home games. Just as Brooklyn seemed to be stealing all the spotlight in New York and the Atlantic, the kings of the division sent a preseason message.
Barclays Center will host its final exhibition NBA game of 2012 Friday, and the Nets are sure to challenge Philadelphia with more focus and energy than they showed Boston Thursday.