The Brooklyn Nets will be given some major primetime games early in the season according to some new reports. The news comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Nets will be opening up their season in Brooklyn in an exciting matchup against the Golden State Warriors. The game will be taking place on December 22 as part of TNT’s opening night coverage. This game will see some serious ratings due to Kevin Durant’s return and his matchup against his former team. Durant of course missed the entirety of last season due to an Achilles injury. The other opening night game includes the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers facing the rival Los Angeles Clippers.
The Nets will also be playing a game on Christmas Day, which is a privilege the team hasn’t received in quite a while. Brooklyn will be facing the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in another primetime game where we get to see Kyrie Irving seek revenge against his former team. Irving did not face his former team at all last season due to multiple lingering injuries, which included a shoulder and knee injury. The last time the Nets play in Boston, we saw Caris LeVert have his incredible 51 point performance. What LeVert has as an encore is another thing to look forward to in the game.
The Christmas Day matchup against the Celtics will be the first time since 2013 the Nets will be playing on the holiday. The Nets’ all-time Christmas Day record is currently 4-5. Other games slotted in for Christmas Day includes Pelicans vs. Heat, Warriors vs. Bucks, Mavericks vs. Lakers, and Clippers vs. Nuggets.
These early-season primetime matchups show the new reputation the Nets have in the league. Many expect Brooklyn to be in the race to compete for a championship, with a spotlight being on them for the first time in a while. This is an exciting time for Nets fans, as we should appreciate the increasing attention and heavier expectations.