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2020 NBA All-Star - Rising Stars Game Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Got down to get up only to fall down in the end. The Brooklyn were down by a bunch, got up by a bunch, let it slip and wound up losing in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Eek. Oh yeah, pre-game, they also lost Kyrie Irving who Sean Marks pronounced out for the season with shoulder impingement.

The opponent tonight will be the Charlotte Hornets. Like the Nets, Charlotte returned to action on Thursday night. However, they won their contest as they beat the Chicago Bulls.

Where to follow the game

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

Injuries

Kyrie Irving will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season. We already know Kevin Durant is out, but Marks confirmed that on Thursday too.

Nothing doing for the Hornets.

The game

Brooklyn took games one and two while the Hornets grabbed game three. This is the last meeting between the two teams this season.

One familiar face is no longer in town. The Hornets bought out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out earlier this month and he wound up joining the Dallas Mavericks. Life would have been so much different for Charlotte if they had landed the number one pick in the 2012 Draft. What if...

Now that Spencer Dinwiddie is running the show from here on out, it's up to him to be their lead playmaker and scorer. It helps to have a healthy and confident Caris LeVert as his wing man, but when games are on the line, Kenny Atkinson will go to him. On the other side, Terry Rozier is that player for the Hornets. He's put together a career year in his first full time season as a starter and has seen his shooting numbers increase across the board. It should make for a decent matchup.

This one has the potential to get sloppy. Both teams are in the bottom third of the league in turnover rate and as we've seen throughout the year for Brooklyn, their inability to hold on to the ball has cost them plenty of winnable games.

Player to watch: Miles Bridges

Nothing like a great showing at All Star Weekend to get your name out there. Bridges turned it up in the second half of the Rising Stars game on Friday night and came away with MVP honors. It's a nice addition to a solid 2019-2020 resume for the second year pro. He's more involved in the team's offensive attack and has gotten to the free throw more often as a result. Charlotte is developing a solid young core, and Bridges has the potential to be the best player out the bunch.

Joe Harris will slide back up to the third scoring option now that Irving is out. Because we're always looking ahead to free agency now, Harris' unrestricted free agency status will come up more often as we head to the summer. He wants to stay with Brooklyn, and he figures to be a great fit with a fully healthy Nets roster this fall. For now, Brooklyn hopes he continues to be a solid three point shooter and more developed playmaker.

From the Vault

Once we're done here, all eyes will be on Las Vegas as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will lock horns one more time. Let's take it back to their first matchup in 2018

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