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The 9-17 Brooklyn Nets will play their first game after losing All-Star center Brook Lopez for the season to a foot injury, and it’s a doozy: they play the Eastern Conference-leading 22-5 Indiana Pacers, who come into tonight fully healthy and boasting the league’s top defense.
Injury report: Jason Terry (knee) will play for the first time since November 20th. Andrei Kirilenko will sit, and according to pre-game reports is targeting a Wednesday or Friday return. Brook Lopez is out for the season with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Starting Lineup: Deron Williams, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, Kevin Garnett.
Deep threats: The Nets inserted Teletovic into the starting lineup to replace Lopez with shooting in mind: Johnson (42.9 percent), Teletovic (41.4), Williams (38.8), and Anderson (37.4) are the team’s top four three-point shooters this season. Combined, those four are shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range.
Pacers D? The Pacers boast the best defense in the league, but they do have one weakness that the Nets can exploit. The last time these two teams played, they did — but the Pacers just exploited it better.
Deep blech: Conversely, the Nets are allowing opponents to shoot 40.1 percent from deep on the season, worst in the NBA.
When & Where: 7:30 P.M. EST, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM