When: 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Barclays Center
Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO
Listen: 101.9 FM, 660 AM
The Nets have an opportunity to win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 21 as they face off against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night. After losing 19 straight, the Grizzlies are coming off a convincing win to a good Denver Nuggets on March 17 that is fighting for a playoff spot.
The Grizzlies lost their identity this season, dropping to 20th in defensive rating after being top-10 in the category for five consecutive years. One can attribute this drop in production to the revolving door of coaches that have been with the franchise during that time. The team has maintained the same core of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, but have had four head coaches within that time frame in Lionel Hollins, Dave Joerger, David Fizdale and current coach J.B. Bickerstaff. All four coaches have incorporated different schemes, which can close a window for any team.
Front offices may tank, but players do not. The Memphis players are feeling confident after a big win and they may be a tougher matchup than the record might show. Brooklyn is coming off a win of its own, which means both teams will be feeling good heading into this matchup.
Three Things to Watch For
RHJ has been the Nets’ best player as of late, averaging 18 points over the last five games. He has started to hit his stride and find his mid-range stroke within the flow of the offense.
Rondae was the driving force in the win against the Mavericks and it will be interesting to see if he continues his hot streak against the Grizzlies.
Tyreke Evans missed a large portion of games due to rib cartilage damage, but his return to the lineup was a big part of Memphis beating the Nuggets on Sunday.
The former Rookie of the Year still has a lot of game left in the tank and is going to be a big factor against the Nets. He is averaging 22.5 points, eight assists and 4.5 rebounds in his last two games and might continue in that direction heading into this game.
DeMarre Carroll has come alive for the Nets in the past two games, posting some big double-doubles. He has been the one constant in the Nets play this season, rebounding at a great clip and having a knack for hitting the big three.
If the Nets want to win this game, Carroll will have to lean on what has given him success.