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Game Preview: IND vs BKN
Scott Agness | February 8, 2013
Following a well-deserved rest over the weekend, the Pacers have two more games before the All-Star break, beginning Monday against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets will arrive in Indy early Monday morning after hosting the San Antonio Spurs, the first team in the league to 40 wins, late Sunday on national television.
The surprise move of firing head coach Avery Johnson in late December and having P.J. Carlesimo take over has paid dividends. Carlesimo, a veteran NBA head coach, has won over 500 games in the league. When he took over, the Nets won 12 of their first 14 games. They’re currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, but they’ve lost two in a row and three of their past four outings.
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Brook Lopez missed a team-high seven games this season because of a sore foot but he’s arguably been the Nets’ most consistent player. He’s the top-scoring center in the league, averaging 18.8 points per game, and was named to his first ever All-Star Game after Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL. Lopez has scored in double figures in 29 straight games.
Deron Williams is sixth in assists, with nearly eight per game to go along with his 16.7 points per game average.
Joe Johnson, acquired by trade via Atlanta in the offseason, is statistically having his poorest season since 2003-04. He’s averaging 16.8 points, three rebounds and three assists per game. Part of that is because he’s surrounded by Lopez and Williams, but he hasn’t contributed quite as much as the Nets anticipated and are paying him to do so with his four-year deal worth $90 million.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Nets: Tornike Shengelia (out, mild concussion), Jerry Stackhouse (questionable, stiff neck); Deron Williams (out, synovitis in both ankles)
- The Pacers have dropped two in a row to the Nets.
- The Nets are 2-7 when completing a back-to-back on the road.
- Brooklyn is 17-1 this season when holding opponents under 90 points.
- In a preseason survey, 62% of the league’s 30 General Managers picked the Nets to be the most improved team.
- Last season, Gerald Green played 31 games with the Nets.
The Pacers had a six-point lead after three quarters but managed to only score 11 points on 3-of-22 shooting in the final period to fall in Brooklyn, 97-86. Foul trouble was an issue all game long and the team allowed the officials to get to them. The free throw disparity was just brutal: the Nets went 25-of-31 from the line whereas the Pacers only attempted 12 free throws, making 10 of them.
David West finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gerald Green tallied 15 points off the bench. Nets guard Deron Williams scored 22 points and dished out nine assists. Joe Johnson was good for 20 points in 42 minutes and Brook Lopez added 15.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host) Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)