That went well. The Brooklyn Nets went into Atlanta riding a three game losing streak and hoped to get themselves back on track. They were able to do so by coming away with a five point win last night. They can't enjoy the win for too long as they've got a lot more work to do coming up.
The opponent tonight will be the Washington Wizards. Although the Wiz are only a half game behind the fourth-seeded Miami Heat, they should be better than what they have been so far this year. That said, they did beat the Orlando Magic last night.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV. WCBS 880 AM on radio. Tip off after 6:30.
Tyler Zeller (sore hip) is a late scratch. D'Angelo Russell is getting closer to making his return, but he'll be out tonight. Otherwise, Isaiah Whitehead remains with Long Island and Milton Doyle with Brooklyn.
Nothing doing for the Wiz.
When he’s right, he’s right
We've got a nice matchup at point guard tonight. It's been a month since John Wall came back from injury, and he's starting to look like his usual All Star self. In his last five games, Wall is averaging 26 points and almost 11 assists a night while shooting 48 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. The turnovers are on the high side, but you can live with that. Spencer Dinwiddie almost got the first Nets triple double since their Jersey days (shout out to Terrence Williams), but came up one rebound short. One thing Dinwiddie will have to be mindful of is live ball turnovers. Wall is the fastest player in the league and top 20 in fastbreak points and points off of turnovers. One mistake and it's two points in a hurry for the Wiz.
It sounds like Marcin Gortat is thinking about retirement. The 11-year veteran discussed his future before yesterday's game and while there's still plenty of time before he has to make a decision, it sounds like he's got one foot out the door. In the meantime, he'll tangle with Jahlil Okafor on the inside. In 12 minutes off the bench, Big Jah scored 17 points and was 6-of-8 from the field. Okafor provides something unique for the Brooklyn offense and if he can get going when he's on the court, it'll open things up for the shooters.
Player to watch: Otto Porter
Porter is a really solid third wheel for Scott Brooks' offense. He's averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a night, but more importantly is shooting a career best 45 percent from deep. His percentages have gotten better each year he's been in the league and the Wizards have to be encouraged that his efficiency hasn't taken a step back even as his responsibilities have increased.
It looked as if Demarre Carroll had suffered a serious injury earlier this week, but the wingman was back in action and had a solid game. Having him on the roster helps in a variety of ways and he'll guard Porter for much of the night. Porter has ben playing more power forward this season, so Rondae Hollis Jefferson will get some cracks at him as well.
From the Vault
We’re in DC and it’s MLK weekend, so you know where we’re going here. I wish some of y’all would quote some of the other great things he said here instead of one particular line, but alas.
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