Enjoy it, Nets fans, but it doesn’t get easier from there. They turn around on Thursday night to take on a pretty good Charlotte Hornets team, and do so without James Harden, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant. Yikes.
Have no fear, LaMarcus Aldridge is here! He’ll make his debut tonight for the Nets, a much-needed body to try and keep pace with a quick-tempo Hornets team. And here’s a shock: He’s starting.
And what about after the game, Tom? Well, glad you asked:
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (33-15) vs. Charlotte Hornets (24-22)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: TNT (national), YES (local), WFAN (radio)
Charlotte can get loose with the ball. They have the third highest turnover rate in the NBA this year this season and that could prove to be troublesome against an offense like the Nets. Fortunately for the Hornets, Brooklyn doesn’t force many turnovers on defense so they’ll be able to get their fair share amount of good looks.
Terry Rozier has stepped up in Ball’s absence and his ability to heat up and score in bunches will be essential in a matchup like this. Tyler Johnson will get a lot of minutes tonight, and the Nets are going to need him to knock down the open threes that come his way. Depending on how the game shakes out, might even see Chris Chiozza get some run too.
For more on the Hornets, check out At the Hive.