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Tonight: After a four-day layoff — their longest until the end of the season — the 38-27 Brooklyn Nets return home to Brooklyn tonight to take on the 36-29 Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is the fourth and final matchup between the two teams — the Nets took two of the first three — and the Hawks have won two straight against the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, respectively.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight’s game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan “Last Name Greatest” Ruocco and Jim “Jimmy Sparkles” Spanarkel are on the call. 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 is officially out for Brooklyn — guard Joe Johnson is allegedly on a minutes limit after resting his sore heel for the last five days. For the Hawks, center Zaza Pachulia is out indefinitely, while guard Lou Williams is out for the season following knee surgery.
Atlanta Hawks: Jeff Teague, DeShawn Stevenson, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford (251 minutes, +/- +12.9 per 100 possessions)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez (459 minutes, +/- -.3 per 100 possessions)
Atlanta Hawks: 102.2 offensive rating (17th), 101.1 defensive rating (10th), 94.38 possessions per game (13th)
Brooklyn Nets: 103.5 offensive rating (11th), 103.2 defensive rating (16th), 90.71 possessions per game (30th)
P.J. Carlesimo’s weird answer to a question about potentially tying the New York Knicks for the division lead tonight: “No. Secondly, we’re not tied for the division lead. I told you guys today. I don’t know how you guys come up with this nonsense. They have two — they had two less losses than we do. So we’re not tied with them when they have one less loss. I don’t care what the numbers say. You can’t be tied with somebody when you have one more loss than they do. It’s meaningless.”
Shortly after Carlesimo’s rant:
Excited about tonights nets game. Chance to be tied for division lead.
— Brett Yormark (@brettyormark) March 17, 2013