TIME/TV/RADIO: 7:30 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660/101.9 FM
INJURIES: Deron Williams is out tonight with a sprained ankle. He had a MRI on Monday, but Jason Kidd had still not seen the results when he met with the media before the game. Brook Lopez is obviously out after he had foot surgery. For the Hawks, Al Horford (pectoral muscle) and John Jenkins (back) are both out.
STREAKING: The Nets are in on a two-game winning streak which is only their second winning streak of the season. They also have a two-game winning streak going on at the Barclays Center.
FACING THE HAWKS: This is the first time the Nets are facing the Hawks this season. They split the four-game series against them last year. D-Will was big in those games, 17.8 points,, 7.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, as he went up against Jeff Teague, who averaged 16.8 points, 9.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds, so it will be interesting to see how the Nets contain Teague without D-Will. These two teams play again in Brooklyn in April, but will face each other in London next week.
THE TRUTH: Paul Pierce has been moved to the four over the Nets last five games. In that stretch he has averaged 15.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists with a 42.6 shooting percentage in 32.4 minutes a night. He also recently moved past Allen Iverson for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time points leaderboard with 24,383. He’s currently fourth among active players in overall scoring behind Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant.
NO-SHOW JOE: While Pierce has thrived in his new role, Joe Johnson has struggled big time as the three. In his last five games, he’s averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists with a 30.0 shooting percentage. He did hit the big shot in the win against Oklahoma, but only managed to score nine points in that one overall on 4-of-11 shooting.