Tonight, at 7:00pm, the Brooklyn Nets will battle the Orlando Magic in Orlando’s Amway Center.
The Nets are coming off a 30-point loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and will attempt to defeat the Magic and avoid to falling to 1-3 on the young NBA season.
Here is your pre-game primer…
MarShon Brooks Out
Earlier today, we got word that MarShon Brooks suffered a mild ankle sprain in shoot-around earlier this morning and will be unavailable to play tonight in Orlando. Brooks joins Gerald Wallace on the inactive list for tonight’s game and his absence will hurt the shorthanded Nets. Brooks is day-to-day and may be available when the Nets return to action at Barclays Center on Sunday, where they will face the Magic at 3pm.
Gerald Wallace’s Return Unclear
Tonight, Wallace is sitting out his third straight game and his return date is still unclear. Wallace is the Nets’ best perimeter defender and without him, Keith Bogans will have to do his best to force the Magic’s Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick into taking tough jumpers.
Interior Defense and Rebounding
The secret is out and most of the NBA knows that the Nets interior defense and rebounding is somewhat sub-par. Tonight, they’ll be challenged by Glen Davis. Davis is listed at 6-foot-9 and 290 pounds and he’s tough to contain in the interior. The Nets will have to limit his offensive rebounding opportunities and guard him effectively if they’re to walk away with the victory.
Rebounding and Pushing The Pace
In each of the last two games, the Nets failed to win the rebounding battle. The Timberwolves outrebounded the Nets 46-30 and although they managed to tie in the rebounding department against the Heat (40-40), the Nets failed to make quick outlet passes off of defensive rebounds and get out into transition. The Nets spent too much time standing around in half-court sets over the past two games and that’s not going to help them win.
They’ll need some easy baskets and transition opportunities if they want to escape Central Florida with a victory.
Revenge For Brook Lopez?
As the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy brought to our attention, the Magic could have acquired Brook Lopez in a Dwight Howard trade, but they passed and ended up settling for a package built around Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington. Tonight, Lopez will have an opportunity to show them how good he really is. Does Lopez even care? Does he take the slight personally? Or is he happy that the Magic didn’t want him because he knows that if they did, he’d be in Orlando instead of Brooklyn?
It’ll be interesting to see how he performs tonight.
No Sunshine in Florida
Entering tonight’s game, the Nets have lost nine consecutive games to the Magic in Orlando and the 15th time in 16 games that the Nets have lost to the Magic.
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