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Brooklyn (23-15) at Atlanta (21-16) 7:30 ET

    • According to basketball reference the Nets are dead last in the NBA in pace at 87.9 possessions per game. (They’ve been moving a little faster under Carlesimo and that possession average will probably creep towards 90 near the end of the season.)
    • Brooklyn is fourth right now in the Eastern Conference standings behind Miami, Manhattan, and Indiana. Atlanta is sixth.
    • Reggie Evans’s defensive rebounding percentage is 30.9%. Al Horford, the 14th ranked rebounder in the league by rebs/game, grabs 19.4%.
    • 7% of Brook Lopez’s shots are dunks. He makes a little over 93% of those dunk attempts. (The rest of his shooting breakdown: 45% jumpers, 42% close to the hoop, 6% tips).
    • 56% of Josh Smith’s shot attempts are jumpers. His effective field goal percentage on those shots is 34%. 8% of his shots are dunks and he makes nearly 98% of those.
    • The Hawks are 2-6 in the month of January. They are 1-1 at home in that time with a loss to Boston and a win over Utah.
    • Brooklyn is now 7-0 in January. They are the only undefeated team this month.
    • Al Horford leads the Hawks in PER at 18.1. Josh Smith is second at 17.5.  Brook Lopez leads the Nets in PER at 25.2 and Andray Blatche is second on the team at 23.3.
    • These two teams will meet again, in Brooklyn, on Friday.
    • The Brooklyn Game has a very intriguing collection of potential Nets trades involving Rudy Gay (obvi), Martell Webster, Quincy Pondexter and others.
    • Atlanta’s Josh Smith is suspended for tonight’s game for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Zaza Pachulia will start in his place.
    • If I was PJ Carlesimo I would run this play every time down the court:

(video compliments of The Brooklyn Game, thank you TBG.)

-Dan Kelly @DanKelly_NBA

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One thought on “Nets Gameday Notes: Brooklyn at Atlanta

  1. In their last game, the Hawks were beaten about as badly as a team can be– 97-58 by the Chicago Bulls. They’ve lost 6 of their last 7. The Nets are catching them at the exact right time.

    Josh Smith’s terrible shot selection is definitely something to look for. He’d be a much better player if he didn’t think he was a 2-guard.

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