After completing training camp at Duke University, the Brooklyn Nets are in D.C. on Tuesday night to take on the Washington Wizards in their preseason opener at Verizon Center. Here's what we'll be watching for:
NO KIDDING: Jason Kidd will coach his first game since July 12, this time with a roster that isn't composed of rookies and second-year pros. It will be interesting to see how much coaching Kidd does. Will he draw up plays? Will he defer to lead assistant Lawrence Frank? This is obviously something to look out for as the season unfolds.
NEW THREADS: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce won't be wearing green and white jerseys on Tuesday night; they'll be wearing black and white ones. The long-time Celtics will make their Nets' debuts on Tuesday night. Will definitely be an odd scene, one that will take some getting used to. Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee are also slated to play in their first game with their new team.
INJURY REPORT: The starting lineup will only be at 80 percent in D.C. Deron Williams is out with a right ankle injury, and will likely miss Saturday night's game against Philadelphia as well. Jason Terry (left knee) is also out. So are Tornike Shengelia and Gary Forbes. It's not a big deal, remember it's the preseason. These guys -- we're talking about D-Will and Jet, especially D-Will -- need to get healthy.
BATTLE OF THE BACKUP PGS: Doesn't seem to be many battles in training camp, though backup point guard could be one of them. Both Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor have been working with the first team in D-Will's absence. Livingston is a pass-first PG, while the raw yet talented Taylor is still developing.
CHEMISTRY CLASS: Everyone in the organization says chemistry is key if this team is going to be successful. It'll be interesting to see how KG and Pierce, in particular, gel with their new teammates. Don't expect the starters to play a ton; the preseason provides Kidd the chance to check out a lot of different combinations.