Tuesday, January 15, 2013
W2W4: Nets vs. Raptors
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets will look to extend their season-high winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night (7:30) when they host the Toronto Raptors. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
WILL THE DOMINANCE CONTINUE? The Nets (22-15) have been on fire, and are coming off an impressive home victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. In the fourth quarter of that game, the Nets outscored Indiana 28-11. The Raptors haven’t been so bad themselves. They’ve won 10 of 14 following a 4-19 start. Brooklyn is 2-0 against Toronto this season and 14-0 against sub-.500 teams (at the time the game was played).
INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace (bruised ribs) is still out. Andray Blatche (illness) is a game-time decision. Keith Bogans will likely start again for Wallace.
DEFENDING THE PAINT: The last time the Nets and Raptors played, Ed Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Evans did a poor job defending David West (27 points) on Sunday night. Kris Humphries did a better job. It will be interesting to see how the Nets do against Davis inside. Defensively, Brooklyn is surrendering just 86.8 points in its past four games. The Nets held the Pacers to 3-for-22 shooting in that decisive fourth quarter Sunday.
THE BIG 3: During their team’s six-game winning streak, Deron Williams (19.5 PPG during streak) and Joe Johnson (20.0) have looked extremely comfortable playing together. Brook Lopez has struggled his past two games (he missed seven of his first eight shots in both before turning it on late), but should seemingly be able to have his way with the smaller Amir Johnson on the interior.