Sure, the NBA season is less than three weeks old, but check out the top of the Eastern Conference standings, with the local teams bolded:
1. Knicks: 7-1 (.875)
2. Bucks: 6-2 (.750)
3. Nets: 6-2 (.750)
4. Heat: 8-3 (.727)
Pretty crazy, right? The Nets kicked off their road trip with a win at Sleep Train Arena, which which what they're calling the home of the Sacramento Kings these days. It was their fifth straight win, and came on a night when Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez combined to shoot 10-for-36 from the field. (Andray Blatche came off the bench to score 22 points in just nineteen minutes on the court.) The Nets play the Knicks, by the way, one week from today, in the game postponed from opening night. You know all the talk about how the Nets' move to Brooklyn should pump life into this rivalry? That's a lot more likely to happen if both teams are competitive.