Wednesday, April 16, 2014
W2W4: Nets at Cavs
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets close out the regular season on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
Where will they finish? The Nets (44-37) have lost three of their last four games. They are currently the No. 5 seed in the East and can only finish sixth if they lose and the Washington Wizards (43-38) win in Boston. The Wizards have the tiebreaker (3-0 versus Nets in the regular season). Brooklyn will either face Toronto or Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.
Who is playing? We know -- at the very least -- that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston and Mirza Teletovic aren’t. Brooklyn’s goal probably is just to get out of this game healthy.
Nets coach Jason Kidd told reporters that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will also sit, meaning Brooklyn’s starting lineup will include Jorge Gutierrez, Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton, Andray Blatche and Jason Collins.
Stat to know: The veteran-laden Nets are 6-13 in the second game of back-to-back sets.