Monday, December 16, 7:30PM (EST) at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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Posted: December 16, 2013
The Sixers (7-18) travel up the New Jersey Turnpike to take on the Brooklyn Nets (8-15) for the first time this season Monday night at 7:30pm.
Scouting The Nets
Turning It Around
After beginning the season 5-14, the Nets have won three of their last four, including their last two home games. Brooklyn lost its most recent contest, though, falling to the Pistons 103-99 on the road Friday.
The Injury Bug
Going into this season, many considered Brooklyn to be one the deepest and most talented teams in the Eastern Conference, but a rash of injuries has hampered the Nets early in 2013-14. Point guard Deron Williams missed 11 games with an ankle injury before returning to action on December 10, reserve forward Andrei Kirilenko (back) hasn’t suited up since November 8, guard Jason Terry (knee) has been out since November 20, and forwards Paul Pierce (hand) and Kevin Garnett (knee) have both missed several games throughout the season.
Center Brook Lopez missed seven games earlier this season with an ankle injury before returning to the Nets’ lineup, but was again sidelined during the Nets’ Friday meeting with the Pistons. He’s listed as questionable for Monday night’s meeting with the Sixers.
Blatche’s Hot Stretch
Over the Nets’ last four contests, Nets reserve forward Andray Blatche has averaged 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in just 24.8 minutes per game, including 41 points and 21 rebounds in the last two.
Tale of the Tape
|PPG||Evan Turner – 19.7||Brook Lopez – 20.5|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 9.0||Kevin Garnett – 7.5|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.3||Deron Williams – 6.2|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 3.1||Andray Blatche – 1.0|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.7||Brook Lopez – 1.9|