Game 20: Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks

Joe Johnson's best game as a Brooklyn Net came last season against the Milwaukee Bucks when he tied it at the end of regulation with a three and then won it in overtime. AP Photo.

Joe Johnson’s best game as a Brooklyn Net came last season against the Milwaukee Bucks when he tied it at the end of regulation with a three and then won it in overtime. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets (5-14)
Alan Anderson, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C
Joe Johnson, G
Tyshawn Taylor, G

Milwaukee Bucks (4-15)
Khris Middleton, F
Ersan Ilyasova, F
John Henson, C
O.J. Mayo, G
Brandon Knight, G

Time/TV/Radio: 8:30 p.m., YES Network, CBS 880 AM

INJURIES: For the Nets: Andrei Kirilenko (back), Paul Pierce (hand), Jason Terry (knee) and Deron Williams (ankle) are all out. For the Bucks: Caron Butler (knee), Carlos Delfino (foot), Zaza Pachulia (foot) and Larry Sanders (thumb) are all out.

COLD DECEMBER: The Nets wanted to put November behind them, but so far December hasn’t been much better as they have started out 0-2.

REMEMBER JOE’S SHOT: It was last Feb. 9 against the Bucks when Joe Johnson tied the game with a three pointer with 1.3 second left in regulation and then won it on a jumper with 1.4 seconds left. That game may be the biggest game in Brooklyn Nets’ history.

YOUNG BUCKS: Kevin Garnett is the sixth oldest player in the NBA and he’ll be going up against some of its youngest. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest player in the association and the only 18-year-old in the NBA. Then there is Nate Wolters, a rookie who ranks third in asssists per turnover ratio, is the youngest Buck to ever play 30 minutes in a game and is the first Buck drafted in the second round to start within his first three career games since Dan Gadzuric did it in 2002.

THREE-BALL AND BLOCKS: The Nets have been especially susceptible against teams that can shoot threes this year and despite the Bucks poor performance overall, they can shoot the three ball. Their 37.7 field goal percentage behind the arc ranks ninth in the NBA. That, and blocking shots, their 101 blocks rank eighth in the NBA, are about the only thing they do well. Middleton is their best three-point shooter at 50.0 percent and Henson leads the team with 2.9 blocks per 36 minutes.

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