Pregame Open Thread: Boston Celtics at New Jersey Nets

There is no need to sugarcoat the past two games Nets fans. They have easily been two of the worst losses the team has had in the still young season. Wednesday night against the Thunder they certainly played well enough to win but couldn’t get it done in three overtimes. And then there was last night. What a disaster. This team has been in nearly every game they’ve played this season but sooner or later you need to pick up some W’s. So who do they see tomorrow in the midst of a three-game losing streak? Only the team with the best record in the East, the Boston Celtics.

  • The Return of Devin Harris: All reports have said that the Nets starting point guard will be back in the lineup tomorrow against Boston. While they were able to play pretty well offensive without D. Harris against OKC, they struggled big-time without him Friday night against Charlotte. Say what you want about him but he is the catalyst of this team. Considering that Rajon Rondo is one of the best point guards in the NBA, the Nets could use a big effort out of Harris tomorrow in his return to the lineup.
  • Brook Lopez and Rebounding: We at NAS have examined the low rebounding numbers that the Nets’ starting center has put up through the first 20 games but it is really time for Brook Lopez to start rebounding the basketball with more ferocity. In 53 minutes Wednesday night he had 11 boards and last night he had only two. TWO?!?!?!? Forget about your skill as a rebounder, I can’t figure out the physics of how a 7-footer can only have two rebounds in 39 minutes. Time to pick it up on the glass Brook.
  • Power Forward: Friday night in Charlotte the Nets’ power forwards didn’t exactly have their best game. 60 combined minutes for Humphries, Murph and Favors and they could only muster 9 points. The team’s offense was absurdly bad the other night and against a team like Boston, the Nets will need more production out of the 4 position, especially going against The Big Ticket, KG.

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