BOSTON -- It didn't take long for Marcus Thornton to draw the same conclusion as everyone else who has to get around the tri-state area.

Given that he hails from Baton Rouge, La., and has played most of his career in Sacramento, he isn't used to the hustle-and-bustle vibe.

Well, that and the fact that it's not all that easy to get from place to place quickly unless you're in a helicopter.

Welcome to New York.

"Crazy, man, crazy," Thornton said. "I haven't dealt with this much traffic in my life. So getting used to the traffic is going to be crazy. Going to practice, going to the games, to the arena, not getting back home until two hours later.

"Like I said, I never been through that and I'm not looking forward to that at all."

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Otherwise, he has settled in nicely with the Nets, reaching the 20-point plateau in two of his first five games.

"Just trying to get the scheme of things," Thornton said. "I'm learning the offense, learning which coverage to work to benefit us game-by-game on defense. As games go by and time goes by, I'll get better and better."

Kidd: Pierce, KG pros

When the Nets brought in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason, the hope was that they would infuse the team with toughness and leadership. Even though Garnett missed his 11th game of the season Friday night, Jason Kidd said the experience he and Pierce have brought is invaluable.

"They've been huge, especially the way we started the season," he said. "Those guys have been professional . . . You've got to come to work every day to get better, and they've been pretty much the glue of the team."

Pierce has a believer in Andray Blatche, who is stunned that the 36-year-old has adapted to playing power forward with so few hiccups.

"It's amazing," Blatche said. "He surprised me. He's definitely undersized and he's a little older, so he uses his knowledge against them. He's really been in dogfights and he's been winning them."