Grade the Game At Any Time!
Tonight: The 29-21 Brooklyn Nets host the 39-12 San Antonio Spurs, at 8:00 P.M. EST tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Spurs, coming off a shorthanded loss to the Detroit Pistons, have the best record in the NBA and are on the second game of a nine(!)-game road trip. The Nets have lost five of their last eight games, most recently an 89-74 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Wizards.
Watch & Listen: Tonight’s game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony are on the call. The game is nationally televised on ESPN. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
More on tonight’s game, including injuries and stats, after the jump.
Out: No one for Brooklyn. Tornike Shengelia is inactive. The Spurs will be without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
San Antonio Spurs:: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter (99 minutes, +/- +16.8 per 100 possessions)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez (307 minutes, +/- +2.0 per 100 possessions)
San Antonio Spurs: 106.9 offensive rating (4th), 98.4 defensive rating (3rd), 96.62 possessions per game (6th)
Brooklyn Nets: 103.4 offensive rating (12th), 103.1 defensive rating (16th), 90.74 possessions per game (30th)
Last time: You really want to remember? The Nets lost 104-73 in San Antonio, mostly thanks to their worst quarter of the season: shooting 2-20 in the third quarter and getting outscored 30-5 out of the half.
Coaching connection: Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo was an understudy of Popovich as an assistant from 2002-2007. Popovich joked that he doesn’t remember anything Carlesimo did.