Opportunity knocks. The Nets return to Newark Tuesday with some time off and a tired Hawks team at the other end of the court. The Hawks, now 8-6, looked about as bad as an NBA team can look vs. the Celtics Monday in Atlanta. They scored 76 points, which was bad enough, but their starting five managed only 27 points (Quick! Someone call the Elias Sports Bureau): two each by Josh Smith and Marvin Williams, six each by the $120 million man Joe Johnson and Al Horford, and a whopping 11 by Mike Bibby. Jamal Crawford, off the bench, led Atlanta's reserves, with 10.
The Nets will need every opportunity they can find. They play five games in eight nights. After the Hawks,it's the Celtics Wednesday. Then, it's down the Turnpike to Philly, home for Portland then across the river to play the Knicks a week from tomorrow. Nets remain relatively healthy, with only Quinton Ross (calf) likely to sit because of injury vs. Atlanta. Expect Brook Lopez to try for some redemption Tuesday. He talked about it after shootaround...and about the extra attention he's getting from Avery Johnson.
- New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
- Atlanta Hawks Game Notes - Atlanta Hawks
- Getting Inside - New Jersey Nets.- Sports Xchange
- Getting Inside - Atlanta Hawks - Sports Xchange
Hawks-Nets Preview - Stats LLC
- Nets' Avery hard on Brook Lopez - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Brook Lopez needs a phyiscal education class - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Nets center Brook Lopez doesn't mind coach Avery Johnson's criticism - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - Recap - AP