NETS GAMENIGHT: #Nets @ #Pistons

Updated: March 18, 2013

Brooklyn Nets (38-28) @ Detroit Pistons (23-45)

Palace of Auburn Hills 7:30

TV: YES – RADIO: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM

The Brooklyn Nets blew a golden opportunity last night by losing to the visiting Atlanta Hawks 105-93 after resting for four straight days leading up to the game.  The game was a big for a number of reasons, main one being a tie for the division lead was at stake.  The Nets turned the ball over left and right and handed the game to the Hawks in the fourth quarter by being outscored 34-20 to end the game.

[blockquote]”The positive thing about it is just knowing that it’s the NBA, you’ve got so many games, so you go win the next one, then you forget all about this one, you know?” said Reggie Evans. “But it makes the flight longer.”[/blockquote]

Hopefully the Nets listen to Evans and understand that that the game is over and they need to move on tonight when they play the Detroit Pistons on the first game of an eight game road trip.  This trip will decide the Nets fate and where they are seeded for the playoffs so getting a win in Detroit against the struggling Pistons is a must.
The Pistons are scuffling right now and have lost eight straight games and nine out of ten overall.  The head coach Lawrence Frank is on hiatus to tend to his wife so Brian Hill will coach the team for the foreseeable future.  The road weary Pistons went 0-4 on the recent west coast trip and are looking to get back in the win column so hunger will not be a problem.

The Nets are currently 2-0 against the Pistons this year and better be prepared for a dogfight in Auburn Hills which is a place the Nets do not have a lot of success.  One player who enjoys playing them is Joe Johnson. Johnson is averaging 22 points against the Pistons this season along with as double overtime dagger to win a game in Brooklyn early this year.

The last time these two teams played the Nets won 93-90 on Feb. 6 despite shooting a horrid 41.5 percent from the floor.  It is very important for them to get this win tonight to start this 17 day journey with a win and get that good feeling back for the road trip.
MATCHUP OF THE GAME: Brook Lopez vs Greg Monroe

Last night, Brook Lopez did not play well and shot 7-19 from the field and scored 17 points to go with six rebounds.  The Nets will need to have a much better Lopez tonight when he faces Greg Monroe and the Pistons frontcourt.  Lopez has been playing much better in the last five games where they won 4-out of – 5 and were feeling good.  A short memory is needed tonight for the big man.  Monroe is averaging 20 points against the Nets this season and cause trouble in the middle.  Monroe had 23 points to go with 10 rebounds to give the Pistons a chance when they lost in Detroit Feb. 6th.  if Monroe is not scoring he still affects the game with his court vision as he garnered six assist in the last loss to Portland on Saturday.

STAT FOR TONIGHTDetroit has won the last 15 of 18 games at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Nets.


Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia has been re-assigned to the Springfield Armor



Andre Drummond (back) is out
Brandon Knight (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day
Head Coach Lawrence Frank is away from the team tending to a personal matter

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