On Thursday night, we will be able to see the Knicks-Nets rivalry take centre-stage once again, with the fight for bragging rights in New York becoming more important as both teams struggle this season.
But this rivalry game is not that kind of game that everyone wanted to see. Before the start of the season, they were a lot of expectations that we will be able to watch great basketball in New York, whether in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Moreover, on paper the Knicks-Nets game looked like a marquee clash at the start of the campaign.
But so far this season both teams from New York have floundered, more than any observers expected.The Nets are 5-13 and lie 13th in the East, while the Knicks are 14th with 3-13.
The Team that emerges victorious on Thursday will hope to use the success as a platform moving forward. But for the team that will lose the game, their will be very little comfort to take from a miserable end to 2013.
Nets' head coach Jason Kidd, who is in his first season as a coach after retiring from professional basketball last year, had some interesting comments after asking about rivalry.
"It's the rivalry and both teams stink," said Kidd.
Hearing that the team you are part of stinks might have a negative influence on the players, especially if you hear something like that from your head coach.
But then again, it might motivate you if you are willing to prove the coach wrong.
Both teams are having troubles with injuries, and that's also one of the main reason for their struggle.
On Thursday night, we will see who is currently better team in New York, but both teams certainly want more that just the crown of New York. We can hope that at least one team will get back to becoming genuine playoff contenders after this week.
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