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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:30 PM EST

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How about these Brooklyn Nets? On a 3-game win streak, playing without Kyrie Irving, and looking to continue to make believers out of NBA fans.

On Wednesday night they have a very much winnable home game against the Charlotte Hornets, one that on paper doesn’t seem all that important, but with a weekend home-and-away, back-to-back against the Raptors and 76ers on the horizon...it would be nice to pick this one up.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (13-10) vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-16)

WHEN: 7:30PM EST

WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio), Barclays Center (live)

Game Preview

When you’re rebuilding, finding good young talent is of the utmost importance. For Charlotte, the hope is that Bridges can be a player that helps get them back to respectability. So far, the second year player has seen his three point percentages increase as he’s taken more threes per game. That’s a result of playing nearly ten more minutes a night, but when you’re able to maintain your efficiency as your responsibilities increase, that’s a good sign. Assuming Charlotte trades either/both of Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, Bridges will get even more opportunities to shine.

Taurean Prince will look to continue bringing that jolt of energy to the Brooklyn frontcourt. Prince provides a lot of heart, good shooting, and better than expected playmaking. If there’s any positive to having star players sit due to injury, it’s that the other guys like Primce, Joe Harris, etc have a chance to strut more of their stuff. If they struggle, you don’t worry too much. But if they exceed expectations? You’ve got more stars on your hands. Sounds like one of those good problems.

For more on the Hornets, check out At the Hive.

The Hornets are playing the Nets for the third time in as many weeks. Both of the previous meetings followed the same general format—the two teams played the majority of the game fairly evenly before the Nets pulled away for a comfortable win in the end. The Hornets will try to reverse that tonight.

The Hornets’ major bugaboo against the Nets is their interior defense against the Nets centers. Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan have combined to average 33.0 points and 23.5 rebounds while shooting 27-of-34 from the field (79.4%). They’re killing the Hornets both on the offensive glass (8.5 offensive rebounds per game) and in the pick and roll. That problem isn’t exclusive to the Hornets. The Nets generate putback opportunities on 19% of their misses, fourth best in the league (though they don’t convert them at a very high rate). They score 1.22 points per possession when finding the roller in the pick and roll, third best in the league.