NETS GAMENIGHT – #Nets @ #Knicks – Round 4 Battle of NY

Updated: January 21, 2013


 Brooklyn Nets (24-16) @ New York Knicks (25-13)

Madison Square Garden 3:30

TV: YES – RADIO: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM

The Brooklyn Nets travel to the Garden today to finish the season series against the New York Knicks and hope to end the season series tied at 2-2 with a win on MLK Day and climb closer to the Atlantic Division lead.

Game 1 – The Nets won the first matchup 96-89 at the Barclays Center after Sandy devastated the East Coast.  The Nets played well behind Deron Williams 16 points and 14 assists and Brook Lopez’s 22 point, 11 rebound performance.  The key contribution of the game came from Jerry Stackhouse with his 14 points off the bench and four big 3-pointers.

Game 2 – The Knicks came back to the Barclays Center on December 11th and won a with a highly contested game that was punctuated by a Jason Kidd 3-pointer with just 24 seconds remaining to give the Knicks a 100-97 win.  Carmelo Anthony poured in 45 points on 15-for-24 shooting and a solid 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

Game 3 – The Knicks followed up that close win with a 100-86 win at Madison Square Garden just eight days later on December 19th.  Once again the Knicks were led by Anthony who scored 31 points but this time Chandler came to play and grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 16 points.  The Knicks key contributor was JR Smith who was hot from behind the arc and hit 7-for-11 from deep to keep the Nets at bay with 19 points.  The Nets shot a miserable 40 percent from the field and couldn’t throw it on the ocean.  Joe Johnson paced the Nets with 17 points.

Game 4 – We shall see today!

[quote_box]”We’ve got to go in there with the mind-frame that we understand it’s going to be a hostile environment and some way, somehow we’ve got to come out of there on top,” Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson said. “They beat us the last two times and we owe them.”[/quote_box]

Matchup of the Game:  Gerald Wallace vs Carmelo Anthony

Gerald Wallace will have his work cut out for him when he guards Carmelo Anthony and tries to limit his touches and make someone else beat them.  Wallace will be expending a ton of energy on the defensive end so I don’t see him helping out too much on the offensive end.  Anthony has not been shooting well lately but that has not stopped him from jacking up almost 30 shots a game.  BIG MATCHUP

Injury Report:




Marcus Camby –(Strained Left Plantar Fascia) is out

Raymond Felton – (Fractured right fifth finger) is out

Rasheed Wallace – (sore left foot) is out


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