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Nets go down south to face the Heat

NBA: Preseason-Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Four more to go. We're inching closer to Opening Night in Boston and the Nets are working things out. They got beat up by the Knicks in MSG on Saturday night, but it's preseason so you don't need to stress about the final score too much.

Waiting for the Nets will be the Miami Heat. The Heat have undergone a litany of changes and are vastly different than when Brooklyn last saw them. They lost to the Wolves in Kansas City on Saturday night.

Where to follow the game

NBATV is scheduled to carry this game. Tip off is after 7:30.

Injuries

Luis Scola and Jeremy Lin rested on Saturday night, but they're fine and should be good to go. Brook Lopez will be getting the night off. Caris LeVert started limited practice Monday. No timetable for his return.

Josh McRoberts, Beno Udrih, Josh Richardson, and Stefan Janković all sat out on Saturday. No word on their availability tonight.

The game

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Lin should be back, but the majority of guard minutes tonight figure to go to the duo of Isiah Whitehead and Yogi Ferrell. Those two are fighting for space in a crowded backcourt, and if they can put up good showings against Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson, it’ll help their chances of making the main roster when the rosters are set on the 24th. Johnson, of course, is the player the Nets wooed over the summer, tendered a $50 million, four-year offer sheet, then watched as Miami matched.

Bojan Bogdanovic made his preseason debut on Saturday and played 12 minutes. Throughout camp, the Nets have taken it slow with him as they don’t want to overextend him after he had a busy summer playing in the Olympics. If he plays tonight, look for him to play around 15 minutes or so.

Player to watch: Justin Hamilton

With Lopez getting the night off, Hamilton will be starting at center. Hamilton is a big man that can stretch the floor and hit three pointers at a respectable rate. His shooting can open things up for the Nets offense, and for a bench that’s expected to be one of the league’s worst, his play could help them surprise people around the league.

Hamilton will be matched up against former teammate Hassan Whiteside. Now that Dwyane Wade is in Chicago and Chris Bosh is out thanks to recurring blood clots, the franchise belongs to him. Whiteside is already a star player, but he still has room for improvement. He’s making an effort to become a decent passer as he will become more of a focal point of the team’s offensive attack.

Nets fans may also see the debut of Egidijus Mockevicius, the 6’10” big out of Evansville. He went undrafted after leading the NCAA in rebounding. One reason why was that in four years, he didn’t hit a single three-pointer. In the Nets Open Practice, he hit two.