A pair of Atlantic Division rivals hoping to rebound from tough showings get together Monday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics.
It will be the second meeting in the last week and the Celtics dominated in a 116-95 win at Boston last Monday when the Nets allowed 30 points off 25 turnovers.
This time, the Celtics are without Kyrie Irving, who is dealing with a right quad contusion. Marcus Smart was also ruled out for the Celtics due to illness.
The loss to Boston is one of five losses in the last 18 games since Dec. 5 for the Nets (21-23). Another was Friday's 122-105 loss in Toronto when Brooklyn trailed by 26 at one point and got outscored 71-40 in the second and third quarters.
The losses to the Celtics and Raptors dropped Brooklyn's record to 6-13 against teams with winning records. The Nets have eight more games against teams with winning records before the All-Star break, including a trip to Houston on Wednesday and another visit to Boston in two weeks.
"If you say you're going to be a playoff team, we have to beat playoff teams," Brooklyn forward Ed Davis said Friday. "It's easy to beat the Hawks and Knicks and teams like that, but you really see where you're at when you play Toronto, Boston at Houston, at Orlando, games like that. You really see where you're at. Get back to me around this time next week, and I'll have a better idea where we're at." >> Read more
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