NETS GAMENIGHT: #Nets @ #Pacers

Updated: February 11, 2013


Brooklyn Nets (29-22) @ Indiana Pacers (30-21)

Bankers Life Fieldshouse 7:00

TV: YES – RADIO: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM

——BREAKING NEWS: Deron Williams will be out until after the All-Star break with “ankle synovitis” in both ankles and had treatment today to help alleviate the issue.  Williams has been hampered by injuries this year and the Nets wanted to allow him a full week off with the break coming.  CJ Watson will be next up for the Nets.——–

The Brooklyn Nets have lost six out of the last nine games and most in disappointing fashion.  This trend continued last night when the visiting San Antonio Spurs ran all over the weak minded Nets on their home floor 111-86.

The Nets have been badly outplayed the entire month of February and this was evident again last night when the short-handed Spurs, without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, raced past the Nets in the second half by outscoring them 60-29.  The Nets gave up the lead early in the third quarter and did not fight back at all and fell apart as Tony Parker ran wild setting up shooters or driving past Deron Williams.

[quote_box]Joe Johnson – “I don’t know what it is, but you know, it just seems when a team makes a run on us, man, it just takes the air out of us. It shouldn’t be that way. We should be able to respond, but it hasn’t been the case.”[/quote_box]

The Indiana Pacers have been playing much better basketball and had won five straight games before they lost to Toronto on Friday 100-98 in overtime loss.  It was the Pacers fourth game in five nights which included a back-to-back-to-back stretch.  The Pacers had their previous 15-game home winning streak end with that loss and will look to exact some revenge on the Nets who beat them in Brooklyn last time they met.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME: Paul George vs Gerald Wallace

Gerald Wallace was not happy at all after last night’s debacle and he came out once again publicly calling out his teammates for playing as “15 individuals” and not as a team.  The Nets need to listen to Wallace and play better as a unit if they want to even contend with Indiana.  Wallace will need some help on Paul George in this matchup.  George is an All-Star that has had a breakout season in his third year and is coming off a 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assist game in the last loss to Toronto.  Wallace will have his hands full tonight holding George to marginal numbers to give the Nets a chance.

STAT FOR TONIGHTIndiana has won eight of the last nine meetings between these teams in Indiana.


Deron Williams (ankle synovitis ) is out


Danny Granger (left knee) is out


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