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Nets take a trip to Charlotte to face Hornets

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A comfortable win? I didn’t know that was allowed. The Brooklyn Nets began a brief two game road trip Wednesday night and came away with a win in Atlanta against the reeling Hawks. The level of difficulty will increase a great amount on Sunday afternoon against the Denver Nuggets. Should be a good one.

The opponent tonight will be the Charlotte Hornets. The team is still trying to figure some things out, and it’s likely they find themselves back in the lottery this spring. They won their last game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. They’ve got a few more games to go in Charlotte before heading to Brooklyn next week.

Where to follow the game

YES Network on TV. WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7 PM.

Injuries

Caris Levert, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant are all out, with no date set for their return. Wilson Chandler is out, serving the last few games of his PED suspension. We know when he’ll be back, December 15. The Nets two two-ways and Rodions Kurucs will be playing for Long Island this weekend.

Nothing here for Charlotte.

The game

Brooklyn won the first one in November.

So, when Levert gets back, he’s gotta come off the bench, right? At the beginning of the season, I thought Levert had a chance to make it to the All Star team, but the world being a cruel mistress injuries made sure that didn’t happen. In his place, Garrett Temple has been everything the Nets could ask for and then some. The Nets have another knockdown shooter to pair with Joe Harris, and they have some much needed wing defense. It’s the little moves that add up to big wins over time and as the Nets get more in tune, it will help them climb the standings.

Jarrett Allen will look to control the boards one more time. The Nets outrebounded Charlotte by 12 the first time around thanks in large part to Allen grabbing a then season high 17 rebounds. The center duo of Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller didn’t do much the first matchup and no doubt will try to bounce back. The good thing about controlling the boards is you get to control the pace as well. The Nets play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA while the Hornets are one of the slowest. If Brooklyn can get it going early, they can put this away early.

The shots will be flying from the backcourt. Devonte Graham and Terry Rozier lead the team in shots and have been better than you’d expect. For Brooklyn, Spencer Dinwiddie has adjusted well to life running the show and will keep on keeping on.

Player to watch: PJ Washington

As the Hornets go about their rebuild, it’s essential that they find good young players. Charlotte was able to grab Washington at the tail end of the lottery in the 2019 Draft and he’s been good so far. The former Wildcat has started every game this season and is shooting an impressive 42.9 percent from three point range. He’s part of a young trio that has been pretty solid offensively for James Borrego.

Homecomings are always nice. Taurean Prince returned to Atlanta, got a nice video tribute, and put together a good game. Prince gives you quality shooting, energy, and positive contributions all across the court. Prince should give Washington a nice challenge at the four tonight.

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