One’s an accident, twice a trend. The Brooklyn Nets played the Atlanta Hawks and beat them by nine points on Sunday evening. It was their second straight win and tonight they'll be looking for their third straight. They haven't won three straight all season, so it would be a nice accomplishment for them to pull off.
The opponent tonight will be the Philadelphia 76ers. As we approach Draft season, the Sixers should feel proud of the hard work they’ve done this season. Even though they’re near the bottom of the East, they’re heading in the right direction and will see a major influx of talent next season. In the meantime, they lost to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Where to follow the game
WCBS 880 AM on radio. YES Network (check the alternate channels) on TV. As of this morning, Comcast viewers will not be able to see the game. WHi Tip off after 7 PM.
Joe Harris is officially done for the season. Isaiah Whitehead is questionable with an ankle injury.
No Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, or Robert Covington. Dario Saric is dealing with a sore heel, but he should be good to go.
With Saric hurting, look for him to play around 24 minutes tonight. He’s struggled over the past three games so he’ll be in line for a well deserved break soon. Some team wants to trade for him, but Saric is someone Bryan Colangelo should consider to be a building block for the team going forward.
Being in Philly has done wonders for Nik Stauakas. Although 40 percent from the field isn't impressive on its own, his FG percentage has increased for the second consecutive season and is shooting a respectable 37.3 percent from deep. That part will come in handy when Ben Simmons makes his debut next season. For tonight, Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick will be assigned to Stauskas. Kilpatrick has gotten the majority of the minutes at shooting guard over the past week and that should continue tonight.
Player to watch: Richaun Holmes
As an emergency fill-in, Holmes has done a pretty nice job. In 12 starts, Holmes is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes a night. Assuming the Sixers decide to/find someone who wants to trade for Jahlil Okafor this summer, Holmes would be a more than capable backup big man for Joel Embiid.
We’re getting close to history being made. Brook Lopez is 61 points away from surpassing Buck Williams as the team's all time leading scorer. Brook is good for 20 points a night, so he should break the record when the Nets come home to finish out their home schedule on Saturday evening. For a player who's had to deal with so much crap as a member of the Nets, it would be a great accomplishment.
From the Vault
The New York Mets opened up the regular season yesterday, but unfortunately Captain America wasn’t able to be there at third base. When he does come back, hopefully he comes back like this
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