In one sense, you have to hand it to the Brooklyn Nets as a franchise. Sure, they’re owned by an Russian oligarch who [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] [redacted], and they went all-in on a long-term investment strategy that involved the husks of Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, which was enough to win one single playoff series (I’m not bitter) and set the franchise back by literally four hopeless years, but you know what else: they haven’t given up.
That’s got to count for something, right? Despite having no high lottery picks coming even with all of that on-court futility, despite being not much more than, essentially, a real estate money grab for some billionaires, despite having no real reason to even play the damn games, the Brooklyn Nets keep running out there. It almost be laudable, something to cherish and appreciate, something — dare I say it — too applaud.
But you know what else?
Forever and ever, amen.
Here’s the full Raptors-Nets preview from our guy Jacob Mack. There’s not much else to report: the Raptors are awesome, the Nets are not.
Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7:30pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Brooklyn – D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Allen
Toronto – C.J. Miles (illness - Miles, wyd?)
Brooklyn – Dante Cunningham, Jeremy Lin