The Nets and Knicks play their final game of the season series on Friday night at Barclays Center on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Brooklyn sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference amidst a five-game winning streak. New York hovers above last place in a nose-dive that includes a seven-game losing streak. But none of that matters for Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson.
"I think it's one of those rivalries where it doesn't matter the record," Atkinson said. "The record is out the window. It's two New York teams going at it. I always say, my wish is that both of us get really, really good and this game gets more and more important as we go down the line."
Brooklyn guard Joe Harris is ready to do battle with his crosstown rival. Harris said despite the Knicks' rough patch, they're a tough team that can flex its muscles to beat the Nets.
"Going in there tomorrow night, we expect a dog fight," Harris said.