WHAT: Nets are coming off a nice win in Charlotte, while the Spurs are coming off their toughest loss of the season against the Knicks.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSSW-SA; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
San Antonio attempts the second fewest amount on threes per game in the league at 25.1, but shoot a league-high 40.7% from deep. They do this because their Shooters Shoot and their Non Shooters Do Not Shoot. DeMar DeRozan is taking just 0.7 threes per game and making basically none of them, which is okay because he can’t anyway. Why have him shoot threes when they aren’t going to go in? Last season in Toronto he took 3.6 a game and made 31% of them and that was hot shooting for him. His career mark from downtown is 28% which is not good whatsoever.
The Nets take the fifth most threes per game in the league at 35.1 and make 35.6 percent of their attempts which ranks ninth, pretty, pretty good! You could make a case for the Nets being an elite three point shooting team, obviously led by Joe Harris and even D’Angelo Russell who has already hit 167 three pointers this season. Imagine if the Nets had a power forward who could also shoot threes like say, Davis Bertans of the Spurs? They’d be unstoppable. Bertans, by the way, leads the league in three point percentage at 48% which edges out Joe Harris by about one percent.
For more on the Spurs, check out: Pounding the Rock
Like many capable ball-handlers this season, the Nets’ first-time All-Star had his way against the Spurs’ defense the last time around, penetrating and setting up looks for his teammates or his own 12-foot pull-ups. Derrick White, who should be good to go after getting the night off against the Knicks, will likely get the assignment again. He’ll need to balance physicality and discipline so as not to get into foul trouble this time around.