Game 38: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks in London

The Brooklyn Nets are in London on Thursday to take on the Atlanta Hawks. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets are in London on Thursday to take on the Atlanta Hawks. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets (15-22)
Joe Johnson, F
Paul Pierce, F
Kevin Garnett, C
Alan Anderson, G
Shaun Livingston, G

Atlanta Hawks (20-18)
Kyle Korver, F
Paul Millsap, F
Pero Antic, C
Louis Williams, G
Jeff Teague, G

TIME/TV/RADIO: 3:00 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660/101.9 FM

INJURIES: Deron Williams is out with an ankle injury and Brook Lopez is out for the rest of the year with foot surgery. Al Horford (pectoral surgery) and John Jenkins (back) are out and DeMarre Carroll is out for personal reasons.

TIE OR NO TIE: This is stupid, but reporters keep asking about it — Jason Kidd‘s tie is a game time decision. He stopped wearing the tie against the Thunder and the Nets went on a five-game winning streak so he kept it off. Now that they’ve lost, Kidd said that he wasn’t sure what he would do, but added that he brought ties with him to London. That might be the most pointless paragraph I’ve ever written, thanks to the writers that keep asking about it.

AGAINST THE HAWKS: The Nets played the hawks back on Jan. 6 and beat them. It was mostly due to a strong defensive effort that held them to 34 points in the second half. Other keys to that game included actually playing well in the paint, something they have struggled to do this season.

HOT CUP OF JOE: Joe Johnson recently broke out of one of his worst slumps of the season. In the past four games he has averaged 23.3 points with a 46.8 shooting percentage. He’s scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games too, the first time he has done that as a Net.

MAKING HISTORY: With two more threes, Johnson will become the 20th player in NBA history with 1,500 career threes and with four more threes he’ll pass Drazen Petrovic for 10th place for most threes by a Net.

DEFENSE: The biggest reason the Nets have been hot lately has been their defense. For most of the season they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league, but in their last six they have held opponents to just 91.7 points, forced 15.7 turnovers per game, and a 40.1 shooting percentage. No team has scored 100 points against the Nets in 2014 and that includes the game against the Heat that went to double overtime.

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