Wednesday, March 19, 2014
W2W4: Nets vs. Bobcats
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets face the Charlotte Bobcats in yet another important game Wednesday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
Home-court advantage: The Nets (34-31) have won nine straight games at home. Fifth-seeded Brooklyn is 2 1/2 games in front of seventh-seeded Charlotte (33-35) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. But the Nets aren’t worried about the Bobcats.
“We’re trying to gain ground. We’re not worried about slipping,” Deron Williams said. “We’re not worried about anybody catching us; we’re trying to catch people. That’s kind of how we’re attacking things as far as that’s concerned.”
D-Will vs. Kemba: Kemba Walker is a quick point guard, and quick point guards have given the Nets trouble this season. Walker, a New York City product, is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 assists for the Bobcats in 2013-14. Williams is coming off what may have been his best game of the season Monday night, when he shot 11-for-13 from the field and scored 28 points. Williams even dunked for the first time this season in the fourth quarter of that game. Brooklyn will also have its hands full with Al Jefferson, Charlotte’s big man who is averaging 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds on 50.5 percent shooting.
No KG: Kevin Garnett will miss his 10th consecutive game due to back spasms. Andrei Kirilenko (bruised left big toe) will play.