The Nets could have taken Tyler Hansbrough in the 2009 Draft, but instead chose Terrence Williams. Not that the Nets have a deficiency any more at power forward, but Hansbrough has proven that he can play in the NBA and has been leading the Pacers in recent weeks, averaging nearly 20 points and 8 rebounds in March and better than 15 and 6 since Frank Vogel took over from Jim O'Brien 26 games ago.
Right now, the Pacers are 10 games under .500 but a game and a half ahead of the Bucks for the race for eighth in the East. They're also seven ahead of the Nets. Still, they lost by 21 to the Grizzlies Saturday and have only won three of their last 10 (two over the Knicks). On the road, they are 11-25.
After Sunday's painful loss to the Wizards, the Nets are looking forward to going home where they hope to recoup. But it's not going to get easier. They play six games in the next 10 nights, including three back-to-backs, starting with the Wizards and Pacers. And at least three of them will be without Deron Williams.