NETS GAMENIGHT: #Hawks (18-16) @ #Nets (12-21)

Updated: January 6, 2014

Atlanta Hawks (18-16) @ Brooklyn Nets (12-21)

Barclays Center 7:30

TV: YES – RADIO: WFAN 660/101.9FM

[quote_simple]NETS STARTERS
The starting lineup tonight will be Deron Williams playing alongside Shaun Livingston  in the backcourt with Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce up front and the man in the middle Kevin Garnett.

Brooklyn goes for a season best-tying third consecutive win tonight against the visiting Atlanta Hawks at home.

The Nets took care of business on Saturday night when they defeated a short-handed Cavaliers team without Kyrie Irving and set themselves up for a quality homestand.

Tonight they have to do the same thing against a struggling Hawks team that lost their best player in Al Horford like the Nets did with Brook Lopez.

The Hawks backcourt has given the Nets fits in the past two season with the faster Jeff Teague leading the way so  Livingston and Williams will need to bring their A-game for the Nets to have a chance at home.

[box]Injury News:

Deron Williams is a game-time decision as of this morning when he missed shoot-around to see a doctor about his left ankle.



The Hawks starting lineup will be Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt with Demarre Carroll, Paul Milsap and Pero Antic playing in the frontcourt.

The Hawks have compiled a 2-3 record since Horford suffered a torn pectoral Dec. 26th.

Atlanta matched its lowest scoring total of the season in a loss to Indiana on Saturday 91-84.

Milsap is the one of two players in the NBA to average at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

[quote_simple][box]Game Notes:

The Nets are 12-5 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer compared to 0-16 when they don’t.

Kyle Korver’s streak of 103 consecutive games with at least one made 3FG is the longest in NBA history.

Brooklyn is going for their third consecutive win at Barclays Center and third consecutive win overall.



Small ball…

The Nets look like a different team when they go with the smaller lineup and Pierce playing the power forward along with Livingston running the point.

This creates matchup problems with the guard play as Livingston can play bigger guards and some forwards like he did against OKC.

The success of this lineup change has brought a better perspective from the team and the body language is ten times better than previous games.

They have showed some heart coming back from large deficits the last few games and now they know they can fight through adversity.





Deron Williams – game-time decision – (left ankle)

Brook Lopez  – OUT (ankle)


Al Horford – OUT (right pectoral muscle)

John Jenkins – OUT (low back pain)


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