NETS GAMENIGHT: #Pistons @ #Nets

Updated: April 17, 2013

Detroit Pistons (29-52) @ Brooklyn Nets (48-33)

Barclays Center 8:00

TV: YES – RADIO: Bloomberg 1130AM

The day has come for Brooklyn Nets fans everywhere – the last game of the year in the inaugural season in Brooklyn.  The season……

[quote_simple]Has the team given you more than you expected so far with 48 wins going into the last game?

Is the four-seed good enough to satisfy starving Nets fans from all over?

Will just making the playoffs for the first time in five years feel good enough without winning a round?[/quote_simple]

All great questions that only Nets fans can answer and hopefully tonight the fans at Barclays Center give a ton of love to the entire Brooklyn organization for having a great first year in the borough and a team to be proud of no matter the ups and downs of the season.

Tonight at 8pm the Nets will take on the Detroit Pistons in what some can call a tune-up to get ready for the playoffs this weekend.  The starters will play limited minutes and “just work up a good sweat” as P.J. Carlesimo, 34-19, said today at shoot around.  The Nets will host either the Chicago Bulls or the Atlanta Hawks this weekend and tonight will be the night they finally find out who that is.

The starters will not play more than 20 minutes for sure but if the bench came come in and respond the way they did last game, they could be the first Nets  team to reach 49 wins in a season for the first time since 2005-2006.Joe Johnson gamewinner over Pistons

[blockquote]“We might not play again until Sunday, that’s a lot of days off so it’s the reps, getting out there, getting a good sweat in and just working on us,” Deron Williams said. “We don’t wanna come out there and just take the night off because the game doesn’t mean anything as far as standings is concerned.”[/blockquote]

The Nets are healthy right now for the most part and should be primed and ready to go this weekend against either opponent so getting out of this last game clicking and with their health is a must.

The Pistons are just playing out the string right now waiting to enter the lottery again with head coach Lawrence Frank’s job a concern right now.  Detroit had shown some flashes of putting things in place earlier in the season but have fallen once again on hard times.  Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal on the status of coach Lawrence Frank and team president Joe Dumars yesterday.

The young nucleus of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight should leave Pistons fans with some hope for next year knowing they could add to this team in the draft and few free agents.

The Nets beat the Pistons in the first two meetings by a combined five points and the last time they played, Brooklyn led by as many as 43 points in a 119-82 rout in Detroit.  The first one being a double overtime thriller in Brooklyn where Joe Johnson hit the game-winner to send the fans home with their first dramatic victory at home.  The next one in Detroit where the Nets came back in the fourth quarter to send the Pistons to their 9th straight loss 93-90.  The last time the Nets played the Pistons in Detroit was a massacre led by Deron Williams who reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time this season while playing just 28 minutes.  It was ugly from the start and got worse quarter by quarter for a 119-82 win.

The Nets will try to sweep Detroit for the first time in their 36-year history.

The NBA will release the schedule for the first round of the playoffs later this evening.

Season Series: BKN 3-0

12/14 – DET 105 @ BKN 107

2/6 – BKN 93 @ DET 90

3/18 – BKN 119 @ DET 82

4/17 – DET @ BKN

MATCHUP OF THE GAME: Nets Bench vs Pistons will

The game means nothing to either team at this point and the only question is will the Nets bench complete the task at hand and finish the game for the starters with a win and break the Pistons will to win.

STAT FOR TONIGHT:  Brooklyn has swept eight opponents in the season series this year with the potential to sweep the Detroit Pistons to make that number nine tonight.




Jose Calderon (strained right triceps) is day-to-day
Jason Maxiell (detached retina) is OUT

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