Brooklyn has suffered two ugly losses in a row and has lost four of its last five games overall.
The Bobcats meanwhile enter tonight’s contest on a seven-game losing streak and are 7-22 this season on their home floor and have dropped 20 of their last 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Must Get Comfortable on the Road
Tonight’s game will start a stretch of 12 of the next 15 games on the road for the Nets.
Sure, the Bobcats aren’t exactly top competition, but a statement win can be exactly what the Nets need to get off their recent skid.
An eight-game road trip is looming for Brooklyn, so any sort of confidence boost on the road will be beneficial. Tonight can be a great place to start against a weaker team.
D-Will Says He’s Healthy
Deron Williams told reporters Tuesday that his ankles are feeling much better.
Williams’ scoring has been up (21.0 points and 7.0 assists) in the seven games since missing the final two before the All-Star break.
But he’s also turned the ball of 4.0 times per game – a number that not only he but the whole team needs to improve.
Lopez and Blatche Together
P.J. Carlesimo said he’d like to play Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together on the floor more often.
In their limited time together, Lopez and Blatche have worked well on the floor, since Blatche can provide the scoring potential at the power forward position that Reggie Evans cannot.
The only problem with this scheme is that who plays center when both big men need a rest or get into foul trouble. Carlesimo will likely make sure that at least one of his two big men is on the floor at all times.
If the Nets had acquired a true backup center at the trade deadline, Blatche could have easily slid into the starting power forward role.
Kemba Walker Has Been Cold
Kemba Walker is one of the only consistent sources of offense for the Bobcats, but he has been cold the past four games in which he’s averaged just 12.3 points on 29.1 percent shooting.
He enters the game averaging 17.3 points per game. The Bobcats have lost 26 consecutive games when Walker scores 16 points or fewer.
In Brooklyn’s 97-81 win over the Bobcats earlier this season, Walker shot 2-of-10 from the field for five points.
The action tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.