Almost, but nope. The Brooklyn Nets gave the Detroit Pistons a good game on Monday night, but ultimately fell short. It was their fourth straight loss and they're 3-14 in 2016.
Coming in to Brooklyn will be the Indiana Pacers. Indy has put together a nice year and are eighth in the Eastern Conference. Their last game was on Monday, and they lost to the Cavs in overtime. They're on the road in Atlanta on Friday night before returning home to wrap up the first half.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV, WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7:30.
Chris McCullough has been cleared for action and will dress on Friday vs Sacramento. He won't play but it's good to see him healthy.
Rodney Stuckey is out until the All Star break. Ian Mahinmi has been ruled out for this contest.
Let's check it
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The Pacers won the first game.
In off court news, the Nets were granted permission to speak with Gerrson Rosas of Houston and Arturas Karnisovas for the vacant GM position. As more candidates are named and interviews are conducted, we'll provide you with all the info you need.
Paul George will be looking to bounce back. He was only 3-15 from the field and committed five turnovers against Cleveland on Monday night. In the first game against Brooklyn, PG scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds but committed a season high seven turnovers. George is still adjusting to life after his knee injury and the new position + responsibility it brings, so his struggles aren't a shock. George is fifteenth overall in minutes per game, averaging 35.6 a night. With the Pacers heading to the break, it might be wise for Frank Vogel to trim his minutes some so George can get a little extra rest. They're going to need him healthy and energized for the stretch run.
When you've been in the league for over a decade and you're stuck on a team going nowhere, it's natural to hear discussion about whether you will be looking to join another, more competitive team. And while Joe Johnson has said he hasn't forced any decisions from management, his situation will be one to watch as we draw closer to the deadline. He had been playing well throughout January, but has been in a shooting slump over the past week. He's only shot above 40 percent from the field twice in the last seven games and was 1-8 on Monday night. The Pacers have done a great job of defending the three point line this year (fourth lowest opponent's percentage), and it'll be up to Johnson to hit his outside shots so the Nets will have more freedom on the inside.
Player to watch: Myles Turner
Turner didn't play in the first contest due to a fractured left thumb. He returned on December 30 in Chicago and has appeared in every game since. He was inserted into the starting lineup on January 28 vs Atlanta and figures to be there for the foreseeable future. Over at Indy Cornrows, C. Cooper noted Turner's game this season and wrote the following:
Even so, at 19-years of age, Turner's statistical compendium provides far more reasons to be encouraged about his and the team's future than to be downtrodden. In the midst of the Blue & Gold's worst stretch of the season, Indiana's rookie has been a rare bright spot. Having missed 22 games this season, Turner may not be among the rookies and sophomores chosen to compete on All-Star Friday night in Toronto, but that should not stop him from being perceived for what he is, a possible Rising Star.
Turner will have his hands full with Brook Lopez tonight. Lopez has been sensational over the past ten games, averaging 22 points and eight rebounds a game on 55.2 percent shooting. The overwhelming majority of his shots have come close to the basket, and when the Nets are able to get him the ball early and often, Lopez will get good shots up. Turner had trouble guarding Demarcus Cousins, and while Lopez isn't as imposing as Boogie, he's still an excellent low post scorer. Turner is at a size disadvantage and has room to develop in defending the post. Combine that with Mahinmi being out, we ought to see Lopez take at least 18 shots tonight.
From the Vault
Last night, Kobe Bryant scored 37 points vs the Timberwolves in a Lakers victory. According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Kobe is the first player aged 37+ to score 37 or more in a game since Reggie Miller in 2005. And who'd Reggie do it against? Kobe's Lakers.
More reading: Indy Cornrows
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklynn Nets
- Indiana Pacers Game Notes - Indiana Pacers
- Pacers-Nets Preview - Jeff Bartl - STATS LLC
- Bogdanovic: Star on the Rise - Kathryn Przybyla - Brooklyn Nets
- Preview: Nets vs. Pacers - Cory Wright - Brooklyn Nets
- Nets look to break losing streak against Pacers - Sean Flattery - The Brooklyn Game
- Brook Lopez going into this business with his brother, Robin - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Ex-Syracuse big man expected to make Nets debut in a week -Fred Kerber - New York Post