NEWARK, N.J. -- Despite treacherous road conditions caused by Sunday’s blizzard in the New York/New Jersey area, the Nets were able to safely navigate their way to Prudential Center for Monday night’s matchup with the Orlando Magic.
“[Everything was] good, [everyone was] on time,” coach Avery Johnson said, “hopefully like our passes. We talk about our passes being on time and on target. Not down here [at the legs]. So hopefully our passes will be like we are for this blizzard: On time and on target.”
Those treacherous road conditions, however, will keep many fans from attending the game. In fact, Sunday night’s Devils-Maple Leafs game at the Prudential Center drew an announced crowd of 5,329, although it was reported that there were more like 2,500 in attendance. And from the looks of it -- at least during pregame shootaround -- there will fewer than 2,500 in The Rock on Monday night.
“Well, we know it’s tough with the weather conditions,” Johnson said. “I had to pretty much dig out of my condo to get here. It’s tough. But the fans that show up or the fans that are watching us on TV and rooting for us, we just wanna play hard and make them proud of us.”
Power forward Kris Humphries, who resides in the Hoboken/Edgewater area, said he had little trouble navigating his way to The Rock in his Infiniti truck.
"It’s not me,” Humphries said. “It’s people getting stuck in front of you trying to get around on the small streets.
“It actually only took me about a half hour to get here because I was already out and about. But going through Hoboken was very difficult because they’ve got those narrow streets.”
Point guard Devin Harris also reported no problems getting to the Prudential Center from his Weehawken residence.
The Magic (18-12), who were staying at a hotel in Hoboken, didn’t arrive at the Rock in full until 5.35 p.m. after a bus carrying some of their players -- including Malik Allen, Ryan Anderson, Earl Clark, Jameer Nelson and Quentin Richardson -- along with the entire training and coaching staff, got stuck in a snowbank. Orlando moved its charter flight up to Newark in light of the impending blizzard and landed at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
With little energy coming from the home contingent, Johnson realizes his team is just going to have to manufacture its own.
“In our situation, it should be easy to manufacture,” Johnson said. We don’t have anything to lose guys. We should be pumped about playing.”
The Nets (9-21) were supposed to have shootaround at the PNY Center in East Rutherford Monday morning, but cancelled it due to the inclement weather. The Magic also cancelled their shootaround.
According to NASA.gov, Newark reported a snowfall of 17.7 inches as of midnight.