0-3: That’s Brooklyn’s 2013-14 record against Indiana (35-10) this season. The Nets (20-24) ended January with a 10-3 mark after being blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-10) Friday night at Barclays Center. This is as tough a back-to-back as you’re going to have, facing arguably the two best teams in the NBA. Brooklyn’s average margin of defeat against Indiana is 12 points.
INJURY UPDATES: Andrei Kirilenko (sore right calf) will miss his second straight game, while Andray Blatche (bruised left hip) is questionable. If Blatche can’t play, it would be a major blow to Brooklyn’s depth on the frontline. As if facing paint protector Roy Hibbert, high-post threat David West and All-Star Paul George wasn’t tough enough to begin with.
ODDS AND ENDS: Lance Stephenson, who wasn’t happy about not being picked for the All-Star Game, is averaging 21.3 points on 61.5 percent shooting against the Nets this season. Joe Johnson, who did make the All-Star team, is averaging eight points and three turnovers on 33.3 percent shooting in his past four games. Deron Williams is expected to come off the bench for a seventh straight game.