Time/TV/Radio: 7:00 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM
INJURIES: Brook Lopez (sprained ankle) and Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) are out. Jason Terry (sore knee) is a game-time decision. For the Bobcats, Brendan Haywood (foot) is out and Al Jefferson (ankle bruise) is questionable.
PERFECT OPPONENT: The Charlotte Bobcats may be the best team to help the Nets get started on a turnaround. They are coming off a couple of loses themselves and the Nets have beaten them in seven straight games going back to Jan. 22, 2012. It’s their longest active winning streak against any team.
D-WILL’S RETURN TOO: It’s also a good game for Deron Williams’ return too as he is 13-3 against the Bobcats and he’s outshined their own point guard Kemba Walker in their seven head-to-head meetings as well. D-Will has averaged 24.7 points and 7.1 assists per game with a 50.9 shooting percentage against Walker’s 9.3 points and 3.6 assists with a 31.0 field goal percentage over those seven games. The difference in their usage over those games was just 6.2 minutes per game. D-Will also set the Nets record for points in a single game with 57 against the Bobcats on March 4, 2012.
CUTTING DOWN TURNOVERS: The one thing the Nets have actually gotten better at recently is turning the ball over. In their first five games they averaged 16.8 turnovers per game, but in their last five they averaged just 12.0 per game. On Monday they only allowed seven.
TOUGH D: The Bobcats owe their modest success this season to strong defense. They are fourth in the NBA with just 92.9 points per game allowed which is a huge improvement over the 102.7 they allowed per game last year.
WATCH OUT FOR THAT 3: The Nets were killed on Monday by the Trail Blazers ability behind the arc. That could be a problem again as Josh McRoberts has hit at least three threes in each of his last 11 games.