Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Barclays Center Experience

Located in Brooklyn's historic Flatbush neighborhood, the brand new Barclays Center is Brooklyn's new jewel, and is the new home of the Nets. After spending years across the river in New Jersey's Meadowlands Sports Complex, the Nets are in their first season in N.Y.C.'s most populace borough.

Barclays Center before the Nets game against the Wizards
The Nets logo at center court
Nets mascot The BrooklyKnight
Nets logo illuminated during introductions
Nets huddle after player introductions
Already, the arena has made a name itself from its looks. The exterior redefines what an NBA arena should look like. It almost looks like a giant spaceship has landed in the heart of Brooklyn.  The sleek inside matches the Nets' new sharp color scheme of all black, a move no doubt inspired by rapper and entertainment mogul Jay-Z. Coupled with Jay-Z's creative inspiration, and majority billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov's generous monetary support, the Nets have recreated their organization, and branded themselves as one of the hippest teams in basketball.

Wizards center Emeka Okafor defends Nets center Andray Blatche
Nets center Kris Humphries goes up for the slam
Emeka Okafor takes the hook shot over Kris Humphries
The Nets dance team: The Brooklynettes
Nets and Wizards players dive for the loose ball
Nets forward Mirz Teletovic goes for the layup
Nets forward Tornike Shengelia goes for the layup
Wizards guard Garrett Temple tries to intercept a pass on its way to Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor
Wizards guard John Wall runs past Nets forward Mirza Teletovic
Nets center Andray Blatche and Wizards forward Jan Vesely fight for the rebound
Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin flies in for the rebound
Nets forward Gerald Wallace spins on Wizards forward Cartier Martin
Kevin Seraphin shoots over Andray Blatche
John Wall drives on Nets forward Kris Joseph
Trevor Booker shoots over Kris Humphries
Garrett Temple drives on Kris Joseph
Jan Vesely deflects the ball out to the perimeter
The actual game didn't have much bearing on the rest of the season, strongly resembling an exhibition contest. Brooklyn had already clinched the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Meanwhile, the Wizards had already been mathematically eliminated from post-season contention, and were playing for mere pride.

Despite trailing by four at the end of the third quarter, the home team held on for a 106-101 victory behind 20 points from both Kris Humphries and Andray Blatche. Both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez sat out to rest up for the playoffs, which begin on Saturday.

Washington was led by John Wall with 18 points and 12 assists. Kevin Seraphin added 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.

The Wizards will finish off their 2012-13 season against the Bulls on Wednesday night in Chicago.