Time/TV/Radio: 7:00 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM
INJURY REPORT: Shaun Livingston is obviously starting, Brook Lopez (ankle), Deron Williams (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) are all out. For the Raptors, Quincy Acy is out with a sprained right ankle.
STREAKING: The Nets have lost eight out their last nine and if it weren’t for a buzzer beater by Joe Johnson against the Phoenix Suns it would be a nine game losing streak. Tonight is the first of back-to-back games and then they play another set of back-to-backs on Friday and Saturday. There is no sign that any of the injured players will be back for any of those four games in five days.
PAINT WILL BE A PROBLEM: With Brook Lopez out, getting points in the paint has been a real big problem for the Nets, possibly their biggest. It’s going to be a problem again on Tuesday as the Raptors rank first in the NBA with an average of 13.5 offensive rebounds per game and first with 18.5 second chance points per game. Look for Rudy Gay to feast.
OLD MAN KG: Kevin Garnett continues to move up the NBA’s all-time games played list. He tied Gary Payton on Sunday for ninth place and will pass him Tuesday night with game No. 1,336. Next is Cliff Robinson in eighth place with 1,380 games.
OLD MAN PIERCE: Pierce is also moving up some charts as he is sitting in 24th place on the NBA’s all-time minutes played list with 40,717. He’ll likely catch Bill Russell tonight, after he plays nine more minutes, for 23rd place and then will be less than 300 minutes away from catching Michael Jordan for 22nd place.
BLATCHE IMPROVING: Andray Blatche has played his way into the starting lineup after a rough start. In his first eight games he averaged just 6.1 points with a 37.7 field goal percentage per game, but over his last five games he has improved those numbers to 16.0 points and 57.4 percent shooting.
INJURIES PILING UP: The Nets had four players out a total of 14 games through the first 13 last year, but this year they’ve already had six players miss a total of 22 games through the first 13.