WHAT: The Nets and Spurs battle as they both look to gain ground the in playoff race.
WHERE: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSSW-SA; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
DeMar DeRozan, the mid-range god, has helped keep the Spurs in contention, along with LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli and a bunch of other guys who are classic Spurs. Guys like Davis Bertans who, after a couple of years of development under Pop, is shooting 48 percent from three while playing a crisp 20.6 minutes per game. He comes in, he hits his shots, he comes out. He’s Latvian.
The same can be said about guys like Belinelli, Mills, and even old friend Dante Cunningham who, if you watched him in Brooklyn last season, isn’t surprising anyone with his success in the Spurs system.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played well against Chicago, putting up 18 points and 4 assists, and we’re entering the part of the season where he and the Nets are really going to have to figure out what their plan is together going forward. Rondae is a restricted free agent this summer, One on hand, he’s the longest serving Net, a glue guy. On the other hand, the Nets might need all the money they can save, and RHJ could end up being left behind. OR maybe a team pays him a bunch of money. I don’t know.
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If you’re like me and only pay attention to the other 29 NBA teams when they are playing against the San Antonio Spurs, then the Brooklyn Nets roster is a veritable “who’s that?” of NBA talent. And with five players currently out on injury it’s a mystery for anyone outside the borough on who just might show up.
That said, the Nets have won seven of their last eight and are not to be taken lightly. These are the not the bottom feeders of the east who traded their future to Boston for the Celtic’s past. In my opinion, Jarrett Allen is one of the most exciting young big men in the league. He’s quick and athletic and capable of ruining LaMarcus Aldridge’s night. And like most things with the Spurs, LMA’s superiority dictates much of the team’s success.
Joe Harris is currently the third best three-point shooter in the league. Luckily, the Spurs have the number one three point shooter in the league, the Latvian Laser Davis Bertans. The Spurs are hot from three and should keep the bench momentum going.