Nets Look For Two in a Row vs Magic Today
Coming off a 39-point victory, the Brooklyn Nets will look to match that effort today, when they return to Barclays center to host the back-end of a home-and-home with the Orlando Magic this afternoon.
The Nets used dominant second and third quarters to dust past the Dwight Howard-less Magic on Friday night, pummeling their way to a 107-68 win, moving back to .500 at 2-2.
Brooklyn's big men, particularly centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche were strong on Friday, combining for 29 points in the blowout win. They will look to exploit that again today, as they hope to move over .500 for the first time since its opening night win over the Toronto Raptors.
Friday's victory was the first time that Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were able to play comfortably offensively, so the Nets are hoping that tandem will have another opportunity today to develop and show how lethal they can be.
More importantly, the Nets will look to prove that they were in fact on their A-game Friday, and convince people that they can consistently beat teams that they are better than.
The Nets had five players finish in double-figures on Friday: Williams, Johson, Lopez, Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse. They will need to get that type of distributed production on a nightly basis if they want to win more games this season.
The injury bug will likely continue for the Nets, though. Forward Gerald Wallace is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game with a sprained ankle, and guard MarShon Brooks is still listed as day-to-day after his left ankle sprain in shootaround on Friday.
Tip-off is 3 p.m. in Brooklyn.