NETS VS. SIXERS:
The Philadelphia 76ers have given the Brooklyn Nets trouble this season, holding a 2-1 lead in the season series. The home-court advantage is real in this Atlantic Division matchup, as the Nets won the previous meeting in Brooklyn, while the Sixers won both games in the City of Brotherly Love. Most recently, the Nets dropped a 95-89 decision in Philadelphia, the final game in Brooklyn’s nine-game road trip.
Thaddeus Young has feasted on the Philadelphia 76ers this season, averaging 20.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg over three meetings. Drafted by the Sixers 12th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Young has faced his former team six times since being traded following the 2013-14 season. In those six games, Young has averaged 18.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 37 minutes per game.
Young picked up his 26th double-double on Sunday night, recording 17 points and 10 rebounds. In his first full season with the Nets, Young is averaging 15.1 ppg with a career-best 9.0 rpg.
The Nets had a 98-97 lead with 4:09 to go on Sunday night, but committed four turnovers down the stretch, ultimately losing 109-100.
“It’s clear that we struggle in latter parts of games, when we’ve played well enough to win,” Interim Coach Tony Brown said. “Maybe we haven’t been in enough of those situations to feel comfortable in them.”
The Nets’ 20 giveaways to the Bucks cost them on a great shooting night, as the team shot 56% from the field and 44% from deep.
“When we get pressured, it forces us to make bad decisions with the basketball,” Brown said. “All we can do is talk about it, see it and when those situations present themselves we’ll handle them a little bit better.”
ELLINGTON PROBABLE/INJURY UPDATES:
Wayne Ellington was back at practice on Monday after missing Sunday’s game with an upper-respiratory issue and is listed as probable. Ellington is averaging 7.8 points this season, and 9.6 in 30 games as a starter. Markel Brown started in Ellington’s place on Sunday.
Chris McCullough (virus) is questionable while Willie Reed (sore left knee) is out.
Sean Kilpatrick is on his second 10-day contract with the Nets and is aggressively looking to stick around in Brooklyn. Kilpatrick is averaging 13.6 points in his last five games, including a career-high tying 19 against the Bucks on Sunday. The 26-year-old isn’t shy about shooting the ball, hitting 8-of-13 on Sunday.
“He clearly has a mentality that he’s going to be aggressive,” Brown said. “He just looks very comfortable and has a lot of confidence in his scoring ability.”