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Nets-door neighbor a threat to Knicks

Sure, Monday was just one game -- but it magnified Brooklyn team's advantages

Updated: November 27, 2012, 8:12 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

One could sit here and lament the absence of Jason Kidd and the fatigue of Carmelo Anthony -- and acknowledge the elevated hype of Brooklyn hosting the New York Knicks for the first time -- and conclude that the Nets won their first encounter against their purported city rivals for those reasons alone.

But that doesn't pass a simple eye test. Monday night's outcome was no fluke, and the Knicks had better pay attention if they're interested in sustaining their hold on the hearts of ...

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