Normally a game between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats would be fodder for a Nets victory, but nothing about this season has gone quite as planned. The 3-7 Nets currently have a worse record than the 5-6 Bobcats, who not too long ago competed for the worst record in NBA history.
The Bobcats have done it with defense; they’ve got the seventh-best defensive efficiency in the league, largely thanks to the aggressive play of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo. The Bobcats will be without Al Jefferson, who signed a three-year deal with the Bobcats this offseason for over $40 million.
Brook Lopez (ankle) and Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) have both been ruled out, and though Jason Terry (knee) is a game-time decision, he said this morning that he’ll play. Deron Williams, who has missed the last two games after spraining his ankle in Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, will play without any restrictions.
The Nets will start their regular starters, with Reggie Evans in place of Lopez.
When & Where: 7 P.M., The Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM