The Nets haven’t gotten off to the most ideal of starts to the 2021-22 NBA season. At 2-3 they’ve been just “OK.”
However, there is nothing quite like playing at home against struggling teams, and that’s exactly what the Nets have going for them.
On Friday night they take on the 1-4 Indiana Pacers who are really having a rough go at the start of this season. They follow that up with a game against the (currently) 0-4 Detroit Pistons; which is also a home game.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. They have a job to do tonight and that’s beat the Pacers. But, a nice 2-game win streak could get these Nets off and running.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (2-3) vs. Indiana Pacers (1-4)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN (radio)
Player to watch: Myles Turner
The other big problem facing the Nets is Turner. If there’s anything that might serve as a saving grace for Brooklyn is that Turner is a bit further from the basket this year as his average shot distance is a touch over 16 feet. He has offensive talent, but defense is his calling card. Turner is one of the best rim protectors in basketball and for a team like the Nets that has had issues attacking downhill, Turner will prove to be a difficult problem to solve.
The center position might be the second biggest question facing the available Nets right now. Claxton was out on Wednesday so big duties went to Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Paul Millsap. Aldridge didn’t get much burn and the P&R combo between he and Harden needs more time to iron things out, but LMA did have a few nice possessions guarding Bam Adebayo. We’ll see how the coaching staff decides to spread the minutes tonight.
For more on the Pacers, check out Indy Cornrows.