Preview: Nets vs. Celtics

Boston brings 12-game win streak to Brooklyn

The hottest team in the NBA is Brooklyn bound.

Not them. The Golden State Warriors don’t get here until Sunday. But the Boston Celtics have won 12 straight after an 0-2 start, and after losing prize free agent signing Gordon Hayward for the season on opening night.

The Celtics have been the NBA’s staunchest defensive team so far, leading the league in points allowed (94.0), defensive rating (95.4) and opponent field goal percentage (42.8). Guard Kyrie Irving, obtained from Cleveland over the summer, leads six Celtics scoring in double figures with 20.3 points per game. Center Al Horford averages 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists, while young swingmen Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are playing 30-plus minutes per game and scoring in double figures.

“They have a lot of talent,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. “They have a lot of athletic talent. And then they have Horford and Irving to steer the ship. That to me, it’s almost a perfect formula. You’ve got two All Star type players, vets, and then you have a young crew that’s learning around them and an established system. It’s a pretty good recipe for success.”

Irving missed Sunday’s game against Toronto after suffering a facial fracture against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game.

HOME AGAIN

The Nets are back at Barclays Center tonight after playing five games in nine days on the road. They went 2-3 on the road to bring a 5-8 overall record back to Brooklyn. The trip ended with a 114-106 loss at Utah on Saturday.

After flying back following the game on Saturday, the Nets returned to HSS Training Center on Monday for a light workout.

“The first games back after a west coast trip are the tricky ones,” said Kenny Atkinson. “We really try to scale back, work really light.”

RUSSELL OUT VS. CELTICS

Guard D’Angelo Russell has been declared out for Tuesday’s game against Boston at Barclays center. The Nets’ leading scorer has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion after leaving Saturday’s game against Utah in the final minutes.

Russell is averaging 20.9 points and 5.7 assists per game, and had 26 against the Jazz before leaving the game. Atkinson said Russell would continue to be evaluated day-by-day with no definitive timetable for a return. Brooklyn’s next game is Friday against the Jazz at Barclays Center.

“He’s playing at a pretty high level,” said Atkinson. “Obviously it’s a blow.”

Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to start. Dinwiddie missed the Utah game on Saturday with a sore hamstring. This will be his third start of the season, and the second time he’s starting in place of an injured Russell. The first time, Dinwiddie scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Nets over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

WHITEHEAD’S TURN

D’Angelo Russell’s absence could mean a significant role for second-year guard Isaiah Whitehead. Two of Whitehead’s three appearances this season came over the last week during Brooklyn’s western swing. He played 15 minutes at Denver and 12 minutes at Utah.

“I thought in Denver he was good, really good, in that fourth quarter,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. “First half against Utah, second quarter, bad shot and then a turnover and he’s got to limit those things. But then the second half came back and really attacked well and I thought played well. We like his competitiveness. If he can defend for us and keep his turnovers down, that’s kind of his role right now.”

Before joining the Nets on the road, Whitehead played in the season opener for the G League Long Island Nets, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and three assists. Whitehead has been splitting his practice time between Brooklyn and Long Island.

“That’s not easy for guys,” said Atkinson. “Obviously shipping him back and forth, but he’s handled it. It’s a little bit of a humbling thing. Listen a lot of guys have gone through it and it’s really helped them. We think it’s the best for his development process to have to go through this. It’s part of the deal.”

Last season Whitehead played 73 games for Brooklyn with 26 starts, averaging 22.5 minutes per game with 7.4 points and 2.6 assists per game.

“I think confidence is key,” said Whitehead. “Going out there and playing confident. Knowing I belong and knowing that my teammates trust me with the ball. Just go out there and play my game and hopefully the best happens.”

ALLEN ALMOST BACK

Rookie center Jarrett Allen is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics after missing Brooklyn’s last six games with a left foot strain. Allen traveled with the team during their western swing and returned to practice Monday at HSS Training Center.

“I see myself as a level-headed guy,” said Allen. “I know I’m going to have hopefully a long career. Just a couple games isn’t going to hurt me.”

After an opening night DNP, the 19-year-old quickly claimed a regular spot int he rotation, averaging 15.0 minutes per game over a six-game stretch with single-game highs of nine points, four blocks and four rebounds.

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Summer League

  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 07 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    W 75-72

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    A. Goodwin
    14PTS
    Archie Goodwin
    S. Dinwiddie
    3ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    C. LeVert
    6RBS
    Caris LeVert
    NBATV
  • home game
    SundaySun Jul 09 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 83-88

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    18PTS
    Caris LeVert
    C. LeVert
    3ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    12RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    NBATV
  • away game
    MondayMon Jul 10 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    W 95-66

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    A. Goodwin
    18PTS
    Archie Goodwin
    A. Goodwin
    8ASTS
    Archie Goodwin
    V. Poirier
    11RBS
    Vincent Poirier
    ESPNU
  • home game
    ThursdayThu Jul 13 Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
    W 85-74

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    I. Whitehead
    14PTS
    Isaiah Whitehead
    I. Whitehead
    4ASTS
    Isaiah Whitehead
    J. Wiley
    9RBS
    Jacob Wiley
    ESPN 2
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Jul 15 Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
    L 106-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    C. LeVert
    23PTS
    Caris LeVert
    S. Dinwiddie
    4ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    13RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    ESPNU

Preseason

  • away game
    TuesdayTue Oct 03 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    W 115-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    19PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    4ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    T. Booker
    13RBS
    Trevor Booker
  • home game
    ThursdayThu Oct 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 107-88

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Lin
    16PTS
    Jeremy Lin
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    6ASTS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    9RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    NBATV
  • home game
    SundaySun Oct 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 117-83

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    16PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    7ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    8RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YES
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Oct 11 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
    L 114-133

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    24PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    S. Dinwiddie
    4ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    Q. Acy
    7RBS
    Quincy Acy
    YES

Regular Season

  • away game
    WednesdayWed Oct 18 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    L 131-140

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    30PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    5ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    T. Booker
    10RBS
    Trevor Booker
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Oct 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 126-121

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Carroll
    17PTS
    DeMarre Carroll
    D. Russell
    6ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    T. Booker
    11RBS
    Trevor Booker
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    SundaySun Oct 22 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 116-104

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    A. Crabbe
    20PTS
    Allen Crabbe
    D. Russell
    10ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    7RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Oct 24 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    L 121-125

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    29PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    C. LeVert
    5ASTS
    Caris LeVert
    C. LeVert
    8RBS
    Caris LeVert
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Oct 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 112-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    22PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Booker
    8RBS
    Trevor Booker
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Oct 27 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    L 86-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    15PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Carroll
    5RBS
    DeMarre Carroll
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Oct 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 111-124

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    22PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Russell
    8ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    T. Mozgov
    11RBS
    Timofey Mozgov
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Oct 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 114-122

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    33PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    4ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    7RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Nov 03 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    L 112-124

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    A. Crabbe
    25PTS
    Allen Crabbe
    D. Russell
    7ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Carroll
    8RBS
    DeMarre Carroll
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    MondayMon Nov 06 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
    W 98-92

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    23PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    8ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Carroll
    11RBS
    DeMarre Carroll
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Nov 07 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
    L 104-112

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Zeller
    21PTS
    Tyler Zeller
    D. Russell
    6ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    J. Wiley
    8RBS
    Jacob Wiley
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    FridayFri Nov 10 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    W 101-97

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    21PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    D. Russell
    9ASTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    8RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Nov 11 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
    L 106-114

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    D. Russell
    26PTS
    D'Angelo Russell
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    3ASTS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    D. Carroll
    7RBS
    DeMarre Carroll
    YES, NBATVWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Nov 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 102-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    19PTS
    Joe Harris
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    9RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 118-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    25PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Booker
    5RBS
    Trevor Booker
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Nov 19 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 111-118

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    A. Crabbe
    25PTS
    Allen Crabbe
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    R. Hollis-Jefferson
    12RBS
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Nov 22 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
    7:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 24 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    12:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SundaySun Nov 26 FedExForum, Memphis, TN
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    MondayMon Nov 27 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    8:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Nov 29 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    8:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Dec 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    MondayMon Dec 04 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Dec 07 Mexico City Arena
    10:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 09 Mexico City Arena
    6:00pmET
    YES, NBATVWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Dec 12 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    ThursdayThu Dec 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 15 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Dec 22 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 23 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    7:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Dec 26 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    8:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 27 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
    8:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 29 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
    8:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    SundaySun Dec 31 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    5:30pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Jan 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 12 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Jan 13 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
    7:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    MondayMon Jan 15 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    FridayFri Jan 19 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SundaySun Jan 21 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    4:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Jan 23 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Jan 26 BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
    8:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Jan 27 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
    9:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Jan 30 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Jan 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    FridayFri Feb 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Feb 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    12:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Feb 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Feb 07 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Feb 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 12 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Feb 22 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Feb 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Feb 27 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Mar 01 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
    10:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SundaySun Mar 04 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    9:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Mar 06 ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
    10:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Mar 08 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    7:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    SundaySun Mar 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    TuesdayTue Mar 13 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Mar 16 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Mar 17 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    MondayMon Mar 19 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Mar 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    FridayFri Mar 23 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
    YESWFAN
  • home game
    SundaySun Mar 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    1:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Mar 28 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
    YESWFAN
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Mar 31 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
    8:00pmET
    YESWCBS 880 AM
  • home game
    SundaySun Apr 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YES
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Apr 03 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
    YES
  • away game
    ThursdayThu Apr 05 BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
    8:00pmET
    YES
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Apr 07 United Center, Chicago, IL
    8:00pmET
    YES
  • home game
    MondayMon Apr 09 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
    YES
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Apr 11 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    8:00pmET
    YES

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