It's good to be home. When the Nets were last in Brooklyn, they were coming off a win against the Orlando Magic. One week and a disastrous road trip later, the Nets come back into Brooklyn with a lot of questions that need to be answered. Brooklyn couldn't take advantage of a depleted Portland Trailblazers team and came away with a 97-87 loss on Saturday night.
Coming into the Barclays Center will be the new look Miami Heat. This is the second night of a back-to-back and third game in last four days for Miami. After this game, they get a few days off before playing the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
Last season, the two teams met ELEVEN times: twice in preseason, four times in regular season (all wins) and then five times in the playoffs (one win).
Where to follow the game
On television, you can watch the game on the YES Network. And surprisingly, this game will be airing on WFAN 101.9 FM for those of you not near a TV set. Usually, Monday Night Football gets top billing but the Pittsburgh-Tennessee matchup isn't that appealing (side note: you can learn about the game from our sister sites Behind the Steel Curtain and Music City Miracles)
The Nets have a clean bill of health.
For the Heat, Dwyane Wade has missed the last two games with a strained hamstring. His status for this game is unknown as of this writing. Josh McRoberts has been dealing with a blister in his left foot and has also missed the last two games.
Chris Bosh had one of the worst shooting games of his career against Milwaukee on Sunday, but he has done a decent job of being the lead option for the Heat.
As STATS reports, Bosh averaged 23.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting with 10.3 rebounds through Miami's 5-2 start. He's averaging 13.0 points on 12-of-49 shooting with 5.0 rebounds during Miami's three-game slide, though. He was 2 of 17 in Sunday's 91-84 home loss to Milwaukee, and the only time he hit fewer shots on as many attempts was a 1-for-18 performance in a loss at Chicago on Feb. 24, 2011.
The nine-time All-Star's 21.6 points per game are his most since he averaged a career-best 24.0 for Toronto in 2009-10 - as STATS notes- but his 44.8 field-goal percentage is the lowest of his career.
As for Wade, he traveled with the team to Brooklyn, but his hamstring is likely to keep him out. In his place, the Heat will once again likely start Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Against Milwaukee, the two time NBA champs scored 29 points.
Two-time ex-Net Shawne Williams will be starting for the Heat, and while he's only played 28 minutes per game, he is shooting an astronomical 52 percent from deep.
For the Nets, Deron Williams complained over the weekend that the Nets are not putting up assists at the rate anticipated from a flex offense, noting that Brooklyn is averaging 19.1 and shoutd be averaging more like 25.
Player to watch: Mario Chalmers
IF Chalmers gets the start at shooting guard, it will be Chalmers who the Heat will rely on., with Cole moving into the point guard role. Chalmers doesn't have LeBron James in his ear this season, and so far, he's play decently, averaging 12.3 points and 4.2 assists, but he's also averaging 2.7 turnovers, not a great assist-to-turnover ratio.
The other issue is how well he'll do guarding the Nets big backcourt. That kind matchup against big, strong guards has been an issue for him in the past.
From the Vault
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- Deron Williams says slumping Nets need better ball movement - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
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- Mirza Teletovic Turning into Player Brooklyn Nets Need and Hoped For - Fred Katz - Bleacher Report
Dwyane Wade held out by Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Ira Winderman - South Florida Sun-Sentinel