The Nets are on a streak again. Except this time, this is one they hope continues for a little while longer. They went to Philadelphia on Tuesday night and lambasted the 76ers by 23 points. This is the first three -game winning streak of the season for Brooklyn and everyone around the ball club is feeling good. With four games to go in the year, they’re hoping to close things out on a positive note.
The opponent tonight will be the Orlando Magic. It’s been a horrible year for Frank Vogel’s team and they can’t wait for the season to end. They got smoked by the Cavaliers on Tuesday night and have lost five straight games.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV. WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7 PM.
No Joe Harris. He’s out for the season. Sean Kilpatrick is questionable (hamstring) and Isaiah Whitehead (shoulder) is probable
Jeff Green is out for the remainder of the season.
What the hell are the Magic doing? A whiteboard from their front office leaked to the press this week and it gave an indication of what they hope to accomplish this summer. It was an embarrassing moment for the franchise and Aaron Goldstone of Orlando Pinstriped Post sums it up nicely here:
Rob Hennigan hasn’t really pushed the Magic forward since he’s been the GM and at some point, we have to wonder if/when the team will make a change.
45 points away. Brook Lopez is pretty close to becoming the Nets all time leading scorer and is on pace to get it done by this weekend. He scored 30 points against the Magic last Saturday and will have the advantage when he matches up against Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic is a good scoring big man in his own right but can be exploited defensively. And with Brook close to making history, he’s gonna see a ton of touches.
Someone’s celebrating a birthday today. Spencer Dinwiddie turns 24 today and has carved out a nice role on the bench for Brooklyn. After a shaky start, he’s dramatically cut down on his turnovers and the Nets offense has improved every month when he’s on the court. He and Isaiah Whitehead will battle it out next fall to become the primary backup to Jeremy Lin.
Player to watch: Aaron Gordon
Assuming Gordon isn’t elsewhere next season, Gordon should be someone the Magic look to build around. As a power forward, his athleticism puts him at an advantage against the majority of PFs in the league and his ability to finish at the rim Even though he made four three pointers against Brooklyn last week, he’s only shot 28.7 percent from deep this season. His three point attempts have increased this season, so I would expect him to work extensively on his three point shot over the summer.
Rondae Hollis Jefferson will be assigned to AG tonight. Even in a small lineup, you need your frontcourt players to do good work on the glass. The per game numbers don’t show it, but RHJ has been pretty capable collecting rebounds for Brooklyn. He’s snagged 15.9 percent of all available rebounds when he’s on the court (aka rebound rate), which is in line with what regular power forwards do across the league. If RHJ can continue adding to his game, he might be the full time option at the four for Brooklyn going forward.
From the Vault
Tracy McGrady was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame over the weekend. Take a trip back to 2000 and watch Mac score 40 points in a game for the first time in his career.
More reading: Orlando Pinstriped Post
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklyn Nets
- Orlando Magic Game Notes - Orlando Magic
- Preview: Nets vs. Magic - Yahoo! Sports
- Nets, Magic looking to finish season strong - STATS LLC
- Nets’ turnaround coincides with Jeremy Lin’s return - Greg Logan - Newsday
- League-worst Nets providing hope for future - John Torenli - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
- Orlando Magic’s identity could change again next season - Josh Robbins - Orlando Sentinel