It’s been a rough few days in NetsWorld. The team sat most of starters against the Milwaukee Bucks in front 18,199 people — one of the biggest, if not the biggest, crowds ever at Barclays Center for a Nets game. Teams do this all the time and it’s somewhat justified given Brooklyn brutal upcoming schedule.
All said, they doubled down and sat the few starters who remained, despite trailing by one point late in the third. Despite being a 15-16 club fighting for a playoff spot. Despite Milwaukee’s average road record. And despite all the fans who paid their hard-earned money during Holiday break to watch their beloved Nets (or Bucks).
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In the meantime, we move on. That’s the best part about the game. But if this team finishes a game out of sixth or even a game out of 10th — we’ll be circling back here.
WHEN: 7:00 PM ET
WHERE: YES Network (TV); WFAN-FM (Radio)
Injuries: No Ben Simmons or Lonnie Walker IV. Everyone who sat on Wednesday (Nic Claxton, Dorian Finney Smith, Cam Johnson, and Spencer Dinwiddie) should be back. The five Long Island Nets players who combined for 61 points are all back at Nassau Coliseum: Jalen Wilson, Noah Clowney, Armoni Brooks, Keon Johnson and Dariq Whitehead.
Danilo Galinarri is questionable with lower back spasms.
The Game: This is the third game in four nights for the Nets and the start of a four-game, New Year’s road trip. Since most everyone sat on Wednesday, everyone should have extra in reserve tonight. The difficulty will jump several notches after this as the team goes to Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and Houston (night two of a back-to-back, third game in four days). To say they need this one is an understatement.
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