Game 68 Preview Vs. Toronto Raptors

Well, that game against the Sixers was a bit of a disappointment huh?  That shouldn’t mean the Nets aren’t going to get to 10 wins.  I am still pretty confident this team is going to get there, especially with Devin coming back.  Oh yeah, Yi is coming back to.  Yes, he struggles on the defensive end, but every couple games he will have a game where he hits his shots, and the Nets could use that scoring to put themselves over the top.  We shall see what happens…onto the lineups…

Devin Harris vs. Jose Calderon

Mark and I have been saying that the old Devin Harris has been back for a couple of weeks now, but the beat writers are starting to say the same thing.  These guys are around the team more than we are (obviously), so if they are saying it,it tends to be true.

Advantage:  Devin Harris

Courtney Lee vs. DeMar DeRozan

One of our commenters (can’t remember off the top of my head who) showed us some stats that say Lee plays better with Devin Harris in the lineup.  Well, Devin is back tonight and this means more open shots for Courtney.  More open shots means he can jump straight up on his shot, and that is where he has success.

Advantage:  Courtney Lee

Terrence Williams vs. Hedo Turkoglu

Terrence Williams struggled in his first start in a while last game, but he had a really tough matchup in Andre Iguodala.  Iguodala is one of the few guys who can match up Williams in terms of size, speed, and athleticism.  Hedo is the better player at this time, and with his size he might get the better of Terrence on the offensive end, but when Terrence has the ball he should be able to use his speed to get some things done.

Advantage:  Hedo Turkoglu

Yi vs. Chris Bosh

Yi is back, and he gets a very tough matchup in Chris Bosh.  Bosh is one of the few Raptors playing really well as of late, and you can expect that to continue.

Advantage:  Chris Bosh

Brook Lopez vs. Andrea Bargnani

Brook has been frustrated with his (and the teams) play as of late, and here is Devin’s take on it:

“Teams have been a little bit more aware,” Harris said. “He’s been more of the focal point of the offense. His catches aren’t as deep as they were earlier in the year. It’s probably both on myself and him – it’s kind of a partnership that way.

“We need to make more of a conscious effort that when he has deep position we need to give him the ball regardless of if he has an open shot or not. He’s our focal point in the paint. We need to first and foremost try to get him going and try and get the rest of the guys going.”

I have been saying this all year basically, so it is good that the team recognizes this.  Hopefully they can make some adjustments to get him the ball down low.

Advantage:  Push