After two games against two of the NBA’s lower echelon teams, P.J. Carlesimo and his Brooklyn Nets will look to go into San Antonio tonight and score a victory over one of the NBA’s elite teams. Carlesimo spent five years as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich from 2002-2007 and helped the Spurs win three NBA titles during that span.
Now, tonight, he’ll face them as a head coach. Here is your New Years Eve pregame primer.
The Nets haven’t won a regular season game in San Antonio in almost 11 years. The last victory was on 1/22/02 and the Nets were led by 28 points and 11 rebounds from Jason Kidd and 17 points from Keith Van Horn. They were able to best Tim Ducan’s 32 points and seven combined blocked shots from him and David Robinson.
Brook Lopez’s Resurgence
Brook Lopez has looked dominant over his last three games, averaging 27.3 points per game along with 10.7 rebounds. The defensive competition he faced wasn’t of the higher caliber, though. So he’ll be tested tonight when he squares off against the Spurs.
Tough Road Game
The Spurs have won nine consecutive home games and are 12-2 on the season at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs enjoy a very healthy home court advantage and are often the beneficiary of increased productivity from some of its key reserve players.
Kris Humphries Expected to be Available
Kris Humphries should play tonight but he won't start.—
Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) December 31, 2012
Humphries last played back on Dec. 19 when the Nets visited the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and has missed the Nets last five games. The Nets are expected to stick with the same lineup they’ve had for the past three games: Deron Williams, Keith Bogans, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez.