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I'm sure crossing two rivers will make all the difference. Keep hoping.
The Nets will make their first visit to MSG on December 19 and the whole country will be watching on ESPN.
After all their offseason activity, the Nets will be bringing with them essentially the same exact team they had last year, with the lone notable addition of 31-year-old Joe Johnson, also known as "No Show Joe."
In the 2012 playoffs, Johnson averaged 40.5 minutes, 37.3 field-goal percentage, 25.0 three-point percentage, 17.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 turnovers. This was after a season in which he averaged 35.5 minutes, 45.4 field-goal percentage, 38.8 three-point percentage, 18.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 turnovers.
In short, Johnson averaged more minutes with fewer rebounds, assists and points on worse shooting percentages, along with more turnovers. His 2010 playoff performance was similarly forgettable.
The Nets turned in a shameful 22-44 season last year, but they hope that a move to an expensive arena in Brooklyn will cure all their ills. After battling for the back pages of the tabloids during the free-agency period, the Nets and Knicks will battle for bragging rights over New York City on the court.