Monday, February 3, 2014, 7:30PM at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Posted: February 3, 2014
The Sixers (15-33) travel up Brooklyn to take on the 20-25 Nets, who’ve begun to turn their season around after a slow start.
Scouting The Nets
Turn it upside-down
After starting the season 5-13, head coach Jason Kidd has helped right the Nets’ ship – they’ve improved to 20-25, which would be good for the seventh seed in the East if the playoffs began today. Of course, the veteran Nets entered the 2013-14 season expecting to contend for a Finals appearance, so don’t expect Brooklyn to be content with simply making the playoffs. They sit four games behind the division-leading Toronto Raptors (25-22) with 37 games left to play. Winning the division would assure the Nets a top-four seed.
Good Joe/Bad Joe
As All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson goes, so do the Nets. In Brooklyn’s 20 wins this season, Johnson averaged 17.4 points (47.8 FG%, 44.2 3P%), 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. In his team’s losses, he’s averaged 14.0 points (41.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%), 2.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In the first game of a home-and-home series between the Sixers and Nets in December, the 13th-year veteran knocked down 10 threes, scoring a game-high 37 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists; Brooklyn won 130-94 at home. In the second game of the series, played in Philadelphia, Johnson was absent due to personal reasons. The Sixers won that game 121-120 in overtime thanks to a buzzer-beating shot by Evan Turner.
After bringing Deron Williams off the bench and starting Shaun Livingston at point guard for a handful of games, Coach Kidd decided to try the two together in the backcourt Saturday against the Pacers. It appeared to pay off, as the Nets were able to take 36-10 Indiana to the wire, eventually falling 97-96 on the road to a team that has lost just twice at home this season. In addition to Williams and Livingston, the Nets started Joe Johnson at small forward, Paul Pierce at power forward, and Kevin Garnett at center. They’re expected to go with the same starting five tonight against the Sixers.
Last Time They Met
Nets 120, Sixers 121 (OT) – December 20, 2013
|Category||Sixers (15-33)||Nets (20-25)|
|PPG||Evan Turner – 18.1||Joe Johnson – 15.6
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 8.6||Kevin Garnett – 6.9|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.6||Deron Williams – 6.9|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.3||Paul Pierce – 1.1
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.3||Mason Plumlee – 0.8|