Where: Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, NY.
When: 6:00 p.m. EST
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Southeast/ WFNZ 610 AM
The Brooklyn Nets seem to finally have a direction. Brooklyn's ownership made the decision to hire Spur's Assistant GM Sean Mark's to head up the basketball operations for the team, and that will certainly be welcomed after the reign of Billy King. King's shortsightedness and pressure from management has lead to a team that owes most of its draft picks to the Boston Celtics and other teams. The team seems to have a smart, sensible manager at the helm and after a victory yesterday over the crosstown New York Knicks things are only looking up for Brooklyn.
At the same time this Brooklyn team is mostly made up of average role players. Donald Sloan starts at point guard for Brooklyn where on most teams he would definitely be a role player. Markel Brown and Joe Johnson fill out the wings as average shooters, but neither really stand out as anything above average. Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez round out the front court for the Nets; both are solid offensive players but not enough to carry the team. Lopez in particular is a talented offensive player who has a variety of moves around the basket, but Lopez and Young let teams have their way in the paint. The defense has definitely taken a hit with the absence of rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The rest of the Net's team is made up of average role players who would probably have less playing time on a lot of other teams.
The big news for Charlotte is new acquisitions Courtney Lee and Jorge Guitierrez are expected to debut. Guitierrez will step in as the third point guard and hope to catch on as Charlotte's third point guard. Lee will step in as the starting two guard and will look to bolster Charlotte's defense and three point shooting. Whats most exciting entering this second half of the season is Charlotte's key players are healthy (minus Michael Kidd-Gilchrist unfortunately). Coach Clifford can now try some different lineups. While playing big against Milwaukee wasn't super effective it allowed Marvin Williams to excel and Cody Zeller to put up a career game. It makes sense to resume the small-ball lineup against this Brooklyn team and maybe throw some bigger lineups out there when Brooklyn goes big. Charlotte should have no problem handling this Brooklyn team when they're at near full strength like this.