Thrilling Hours? On Halloween, the Nets host the Pistons.
Back to normalcy. Let’s go back to business. The Brooklyn Nets fell down early, but rallied back to win a much-needed game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at the Clays. The victory brought them back to.500, and with two more home games remaining on their current homestand, they have a chance to make something happen before heading out on the road.
Tonight’s opponent will be the Detroit Pistons. This is the second part of a back-to-back after they defeated the Orlando Magic in Detroit last night. It was their first victory of the 2021-2022 season.
Where can I watch the game?
YES Network on TV. WFAN FM on radio. Tip off after 7:30 PM.
Nicolas Claxton has missed the last two games due to a non-COVID sickness. He’ll be gone again tonight, but he’ll most likely be back on Wednesday night. Paul Millsap is on leave as a father.
Cade Cunningham injured his ankle during training camp and did not make his NBA debut until yesterday night. The overall No. 1 selection had an unimpressive debut. He finished with two points, seven rebounds, and two assists on 1-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes. We’ll see whether he plays today since it’s the second night of a back-to-back and he was on a minutes limit yesterday. Jerami Grant has been suffering with a left elbow illness, but he’s been playing through it and should be available tonight. He was listed as out with a right oblique contusion on the injury report yesterday, but he played through it as well.
On Friday night, we saw another piece of history at Barclays. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 20,000th point, entering the ranks of 47 other all-time greats. With Claxton and Millsap out, as well as two days off before the next game, expect LMA to get some additional practise tonight. He played a season-high 28:04 on Friday, and the more he plays, the better the team.
Kelly Olynyk is arrived! In 2021, he’ll be on his third club, having previously played for Miami, Houston, and Detroit. Olynyk has improved his game over the years and is now a consistent floor spacing big. He comes off the bench for Duane Casey’s team, yet he sees more playing time than the starter, Isaiah Stewart. He’ll be charged with competing for rebounds against the Nets, and for two teams that have struggled to get rebounds, that fight will be crucial tonight.
Turnovers will also be crucial. Young teams have a tendency to be careless with the ball, and the Pistons are no exception, ranking 27th in turnover rate. Fortunately for them, the Nets rank 28th in turnovers forced. If the Nets can score some easy buckets in transition off of Detroit mistakes, they can wear out a fatigued squad from the night before.
You could see it against the Heat on Wednesday, but James Harden seems to be regaining his flow. Sure, Harden’s 19 free throws were the highlight of the night, but he was more forceful driving to the basket and putting pressure on Pacers defenders. He also had eight assists, and his P&R tandem with Bruce Brown has been fantastic, creating more room for the Nets to generate excellent looks.
Player to watch: Jerami Grant
Since joining the Pistons last autumn, the 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist has served as the franchise player, and he’s done a good job of it. Matt Way of Detroit Bad Boys writes about Grant and how the Pistons might make his life easier:
If the Pistons can relieve some of his strain by using him in less noticeable ways, it should have an effect on his defence as well. Grant did take a defensive step back last season, which can almost entirely be due to the absurd offensive burden he carried for most of the second half.
Everything depends on Detroit’s young guards and wings doing better than they did a year ago. But, if they can, the Pistons will be able to begin converting Grant into a position that he will be more comfortable with by the time Detroit wants to be winning games.
Grant will benefit as the Pistons‘ young players continue to improve and develop. His ailments have affected his effectiveness somewhat this year, but with good health comes more success.
If the Washington Football Team ever needs a quarterback to replace Taylor Heinecke, we know a person…
Kevin Durant should have been ejected for tossing the ball into the stands. He got lucky the refs were napping but this chuck made me chuckle pic.twitter.com/8UglsjktI9
When you’ve got a wide open target, you just have to focus on your accuracy!
But, in all seriousness, Kevin Durant didn’t have a spectacular game on Friday, but he was still successful enough. 22/11/7 on 70 percent shooting from the floor is fantastic, but KD has to cut down on his turnovers. He said that the Nets offence is still attempting to get guys in their best scoring situations, and we can see the makings of an explosive offence even in the middle of their early problems. And if all else fails, hand it over to Kevin and get the heck out of his way.