Brooklyn Nets Notebook: Insights ahead of game vs. Charlotte Hornets

The Nets finish their five-game road trip looking for a win in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – The Nets (20-45) are back East after a three-city tour of California and they hope to end their four-game losing streak against the struggling (28-37) Hornets. It is the second time that Brooklyn has played at the Spectrum Center in just two weeks.

Game Info: Nets at Hornets, 7 p.m. ET (TV: YES, Radio: WCBS 880 AM)

Here’s What to Watch For:

Can the Nets Draw From the Positives?

Despite being winless in the last four games, the Nets were in close road games with the Cavaliers, Kings, Clippers and Warriors. Three of those four teams are playoff contenders and two (Cleveland and Golden State) will likely face off in the NBA Finals.

The Nets need to emulate what has worked against those teams, which is being assertive. Once they take the foot of the gas, that’s usually when the team gets into trouble. Against a Hornets team that has slipped out of playoff contention and is also on a four-game losing streak, the Nets have an opportunity to get back on track. Considering that Kenny Atkinson wants to see the team make progress from last season, getting a win in Charlotte is important to building that positive momentum.

Jarrett Allen vs. Dwight Howard

Allen has been impressive in his rookie campaign, but he had difficulty containing Howard in the first matchup between these two teams in February. The 19-year-old had a decent night, going for nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks on 57.1 percent shooting, yet his veteran counterpart was dominant at times. Howard finished with a season-high 24 rebounds to go along with 15 points.

In order to steal a win in Charlotte, the Nets will have to get back to their basics and play a high-paced game. Howard is most effective when teams in get into halfcourt sets. If Brooklyn can focus on getting fastbreak points, it is an area where Allen excels and it would help in negating Howard’s impact on the glass.

Key Quote:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on the team’s current slide: “Yeah, it is [taking a toll]. We’ve been in a lot of tight battles. It would feel good to be on the other side.”

Brooklyn Nets Stat Leaders

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2018-19 Season

  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 06 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 80-86

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dawson
    19PTS
    Shawn Dawson
    S. Christon
    4ASTS
    Semaj Christon
    J. Webb III
    8RBS
    James Webb III
    NBA TV
  • home game
    SaturdaySat Jul 07 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 76-90

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Pinson
    16PTS
    Theo Pinson
    J. McLaughlin
    6ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    7RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    NBA TV
  • away game
    MondayMon Jul 09 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 69-78

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    Y. Watanabe
    14PTS
    Yuta Watanabe
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPNU
  • away game
    WednesdayWed Jul 11 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 102-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    M. Doyle
    21PTS
    Milton Doyle
    M. Doyle
    6ASTS
    Milton Doyle
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPN 2
  • away game
    FridayFri Jul 13 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 79-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Davis
    19PTS
    Tyler Davis
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    9RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    ESPNU