Pregame Open Thread: Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the New Jersey Nets (5-10) play host to the last place Philadelphia 76ers (3-13). Here’s a couple of quick things I’ll be looking for tonight:

Finish them! – In their past 5 games, the Nets have played neck-and-neck with their opponents until the final minutes. That’s great. Unfortunately, the Nets have lost 4 of those games, and the only game they won, went into overtime after the team blew a late fourth quarter lead. The Nets need to finish what they started. Maybe if they had a go-to scorer…. oh, I’m just kidding (not exactly).

Can They Score at the Four? – Nothing against Kris Humphries, who’s been a revelation at the PF, but Hump and Derrick Favors combined for 6 points on Wednesday night against Boston. The rebounding is nice, but if Troy Murphy is going to stay in a suit on the sidelines, the Nets need a little more than 6 points from both of those players going forward.

Don’t Cross the Little General – Troy Murphy can’t get activated because Avery Johnson thinks he’s out of shape, and now Terrence Williams has been demoted to the D-League for violating team policies. So is there any question about who’s in charge of this team? Accountability is a great thing in the NBA, but how is the rest of the roster going to respond? Typically, players only seem to respond to a dictator when they start winning. At 5-10, the Nets are better than last year, but they’re certainly not winners.

Feel free to comment on the game in here, but please be mindful of our commenting constitution. And of course, let’s go Nets.