Game 6: Brooklyn Nets vs the Indiana Pacers

The erratic Brooklyn Nets take on the perfect Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center on Saturday. AP Photo.

The erratic Brooklyn Nets take on the perfect Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center on Saturday. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets (2-3)
Deron Williams, G
Joe Johnson, G
Paul Pierce, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C

Indiana Pacers (6-0)
George Hill, G
Lance Stephenson, G
Paul George, F
David West, F
Roy Hibbert, C

Time/TV/Radio: 7:30 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660/101.9 FM

INJURY REPORT: Shaun Livingston is listed as a game time decision, but he was shooting around on the court just now and afterward told reporters that he’s feeling fine and will play tonight. He sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter against the Wizards on Friday night.

Andrei Kirilenko is out tonight after he woke up with back spasms this morning. No word on how this will effect him long term, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he missed at least a couple of games. The Nets recalled Tornike Shengelia from the D-League as a precaution.

Danny Granger is out tonight for the Pacers with a strained left calf.

PERFECT AT HOME: The Brooklyn Nets have been inconsistent this season, but are still a perfect 2-0 at home. If they can win tonight it will be the first time since 2002-03 that they opened the season 3-0 (they started 5-0 that year).

STRONG AGAINST INDY: The Nets have won their last four games against the Pacers, including all three last season, and two in a row at home.

BIG MEN: One of the most interesting matchups tonight will be Brook Lopez agaisnt Roy Hibbert. The two played each other three times last year with Lopez winning the points battle 21.3 to 12, but Hibbert was better defensively with 9.0 rebounds against 7.7 and 3.7 blocks against 3.0. Lopez has averaged 21.0 points per game so far this year, which is good for 21st in the league. He played fewer minutes than any of the 20 players in front of him.

BACK TO BACK: The Nets have an old team and play 20 back-to-back games this year so a lot will be made of it, especially because Jason Kidd wants to limit KG in back-to-backs. Kidd confirmed that KG will dress tonight, and he’s listed as a probable starter, but Kidd avoided answering questions about playing time. My guess is that he’ll play, but not a lot.

BENCH MOB: Brooklyn’s bench scored 47 points against Washington on Friday, they had a 55.2 shooting percentage, 22 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals.

PACERS HOT START: The Pacers are a perfect 6-0, the last undefeated team in the NBA this year. It’s the first time they have been 6-0 since the 1970-71 season and have never done it as an NBA team. They also have never been 7-0.

WELCOME BACK C.J.: C.J. Watson has returned to Brooklyn for the first time since leaving via free agency this offseason. He is just 17 points shy of reaching 3,000 in his career and 12 assists away from 1,000. In six games this year he has averaged 10.9 points and 4.7 assists per 36 minutes with a 43.4 effective field goal percentage. Aside from the assists, the other two stats are below his averages from last season.

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