1. Brooklyn Nets looking to reverse some trends
Since moving to Brooklyn in 2012, opening night has not been all that celebratory for the Nets.
Brooklyn is just 1-5 in openers since the move, with the lone win coming in the first regular-season game at Barclays Center against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 3, 2012.
The Nets have not won a road opener since leaving New Jersey, with the last time the Nets won their first game away from home coming to open the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. That year, the then-New Jersey Nets beat the Washington Wizards in D.C., 90-84.
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Deron Williams scored 23 points and dished nine assists for the Nets in that game, with Kris Humphries picking up 21 points and 16 rebounds. Damion James added 14 boards. It’s worth noting that only one of the Nets who played in that game seven years ago remains in the NBA.
That would be MarShon Brooks, who made it back to the league with the Memphis Grizzlies late last season after four seasons abroad, one it Italy and three with Jiangsu Kendia in China, where he averaged at least 35 points per game each year.
This marks the third straight season Brooklyn has opened the season away from home. The Nets lost at Boston 122-117 to open the 2016-17 season and last year began with a 140-131 loss at Indiana that included a season-ending knee injury for former Net Jeremy Lin.
Detroit has won its last three home openers, with its last loss in its first home game coming to … wait for it … the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 1, 2014. The Pistons will be looking to win its second straight overall season opener after beating the Charlotte Hornets 102-90 in Detroit last year.
Is a win Wednesday night critical for the Nets? No. But it would be nice to be 1-0 instead of 0-1 for the first time in six years.