By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
Friday night is what Nets fans have been waiting for since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were acquired ten months ago on Draft Night, June 26, 2013.
Pierce and Garnett, along with Head Coach Jason Kidd, were brought in to rectify what happened a year ago, a first-round playoff exit. All the focus from training camp was about getting this team ready for the playoffs, and how it is all about a championship. Even when the regular season was at its nadir, the team stressed that they would make a push and get into the playoffs, and they did, which made for a thrilling second half.
This series began on the road and the Nets did the job, getting a road win in Toronto to open the series to take home court back. That is a valuable thing, as the Nets went on a team-record 15-game home winning streak in February and March, and had an overall home record of 28-13.
Nets fans have gotten behind this team in a way that they did not a year ago. The building has had an electric feeling many nights this season, and it is easy to see why. Fans love what Pierce and Garnett have brought here, a tough, in-your-face Brooklyn attitude; the comeback story of Shaun Livingston, the clutch shots of Joe Johnson, the electrifying play of Deron Williams, a gutsy second unit featuring Andray Blatche, Mirza Teletovic, and Marcus Thornton, a premier rookie in Mason Plumlee; and the greatest Nets NBA-era player, Jason Kidd, as the head coach.
David Diamante, the Nets public address announcer, told BrooklynFans.com, "The whole borough is excited for Game 3! I can't wait to help rally the crowd behind our Nets! I guarantee the vibe at Barclays Center will be electric!"
Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, said in a statement, "Barclays Center is the place to be this weekend and we are expecting our fans to bring their passion and their Brooklyn Chant like never before. This series is sparking a great amount of conversation on social media and throughout the borough. We are particularly excited to showcase top Brooklyn entertainment on a national stage. Our goal is to give our team an intimidating home court advantage and deliver a great playoff experience....FOR BROOOKLYN."
The Playoff entertainment will include the return of the NETSational Seniors, the Nets' dance team of men and women ages 63-79. Brooklyn actor Michael K. Williams will introduce the Nets' starting lineup, which is interesting considering the amazing job that David Diamante does every night.
Talented entertainers from Brooklyn will sing the National Anthem. The Brooklyn Nets Beats drumline will perform, as will the Brooklyn Jumbies, an Afro-Caribbean dance stilt group. As always, the Brooklynettes and the Brooklyn Nets Kids dance team will also be performing.