The snow didn’t deliver, and neither did the Nets. Brooklyn played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday evening and put up a good fight. They fell short and were unable to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. This is the first night of a back-to-back for Brooklyn. They host Boston tomorrow night.
The opponent tonight will be the New York Knicks. Like the Nets, they had to trudge through the snow to play on Tuesday night. Fortunately for them, they were able to come away with a win against the Indiana Pacers. After this, the Knicks have a few days off before starting a four game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday.
Where to follow the game
Double coverage tonight. YES and MSG Network on TV. ESPN 98.7 FM and WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7:30.
No Joe Harris. Sean Kilpatrick is out too.
Kristaps Porzingis left Tuesday’s game with a thigh injury and is expected to miss tonight’s game.
The Knicks won the first two meetings while Brooklyn won the most recent one.
With Kilpatrick hurting, the Nets made a move to add some depth to the guard rotation. They signed free agent guard Archie Goodwin to a ten day contract. Look for him to get a good amount of playing time over the next week and change.
With no Porzingis, Derrick Rose will get some more shot attempts. The free agent to be hasn’t had the season he’d like, but there might be enough time for him to get in gear. As usual when he plays the Knicks, Jeremy Lin is asked about the Linsanity run from 2012. While those days were fun and fascinating, he's moved on and treats these games like any other one that's on the schedule. He rolled his ankle on Tuesday, but should be good to go for tonight. He's played well in the second half and is coming off of a season high 24 points. His ability to drive to the rim should open things up and get the Nets quality looks from three point range.
Player to watch: Carmelo Anthony
Melo has had a trying season. He’s played through injuries, criticism from management, and a barrage of trade rumors. Through it all, he's continued to average over 20 points a game and serve as the Knicks' first option on offense. Even with all the critiques we can make about his game, I think he's become a bit under-appreciated in recent years. For a franchise that can't get out of its own way, Melo has been one of the few good things about them and it's a shame to see Phil Jackson continually knock him in the press (or send his homeboy to do the job for him).
Caris Levert will get one more shot at guarding Melo. Levert has continued to put together a nice rookie campaign and is a good bet to give you 20+ minutes of solid play every night. There are reports starting to come in about what the Nets hope to in free agency this summer, and if Levert continues to play well, it'll have a major effect on what Sean Marks will look for on the market.
From the Vault
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