Nets vs. Celtics: Young Stars to Watch in Preseason Matchup

October 16th, 2012 by Jeff Bell Leave a reply »
Both the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have an abundance of storylines heading into the 2012-13 NBA season.

For the Nets, moving to Brooklyn has created enough excitement on its own. But when you add in the fact that the team has star talent, things really start to get exciting. Deron Williams is a top-tier point guard, and Brook Lopez has the skills to rival Andrew Bynum as the best center in the Eastern Conference.

Joe Johnson is a scoring machine who can give the team 20 points a night, while wingman Gerald Wallace is a tough-as-nails defender on the perimeter and in the post. This quartet is as talented as any in the NBA, aside from the Los Angeles Lakers starting group.

Will the move re-energize a team that has long been an afterthought in the Eastern Conference?

For the Celtics, the lineup will look very similar. Only this year, they'll be without the services of Ray Allen, arguably the greatest 3-point shooter in league history. They've added Jason Terry, a guy who can make shots from anywhere on the court. But can he compensate for the loss of Allen?

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