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Sunday, March 17, 2013
W2W4: Nets vs. Hawks

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets are about to embark on a grueling two-week road trip. But first they'll take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night at Barclays Center.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:

JOE'S BACK: Joe Johnson will play -- albeit on a minutes limit -- after getting five days off to rest his sore left heel. Johnson has averaged just 13.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting in three games this season against Atlanta, his former team.

D'S WILL: Deron Williams is averaging 24 points and 13 assists in the past two games. He has committed just three turnovers over that span. Nice to be healthy again, isn't it, Deron?

ONE GAME AT A TIME: The Nets have made that cliché their mantra. They are well aware of their upcoming eight-game, 17-day circus road trip. But they can't afford to overlook the Hawks, who have won two straight. Brooklyn is 2-1 against Atlanta this season.

COULD BE NO. 1: The Nets (38-27) could move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division if they beat the Hawks and the New York Knicks (38-25) lose to the Los Angeles Clippers.