|Last 5 Games||3-2||-1.2||2-3||3-2||103.8||55.2||49.2%||52.4||96.4||43.2||44.4%||46.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.5||50.1||36-80||44.8%||8-21||35.5%||17-24||73.3%||52||13||20||18||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.3||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.7||48.2||36-79||44.8%||7-21||35.0%||17-23||73.8%||51||12||21||18||7||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.8||47.8||37-81||46.3%||6-17||36.8%||14-19||72.9%||47||11||21||21||7||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||97.6||49.1||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.9%||16-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||95.0||48.0||38-80||47.0%||6-17||34.9%||13-19||70.5%||47||10||22||21||7||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-2.1||1-4||2-3||97.0||52.4||48.2%||44.8||100.8||54.0||43.3%||54.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.3||48.8||37-80||46.3%||6-17||35.6%||16-21||77.6%||48||8||23||21||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.4||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||98.6||48.7||38-79||47.8%||6-17||35.7%||17-22||75.9%||48||7||24||21||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.4||47.8||36-82||43.9%||7-20||33.5%||18-24||73.7%||52||12||22||20||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||97.6||49.2||37-82||45.0%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||93.8||45.1||36-84||42.7%||6-20||30.9%||16-23||70.9%||53||12||20||20||8||16||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 95.9, BOSTON 95.1|
|3/23/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-101||L||8||W||190||O||34-74||45.9%||42||15||37-79||46.8%||52||15|
|4/10/2013||@ BOSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/10/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||79-91||L||11.5||L||199||U||29-77||37.7%||51||18||30-68||44.1%||47||14|
|3/20/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||86-87||L||-4.5||L||186.5||U||33-72||45.8%||32||13||31-71||43.7%||54||18|
|3/31/2013||@ NEW YORK||89-108||L||6.5||L||197.5||U||32-74||43.2%||42||10||35-72||48.6%||49||11|
|4/10/2013||BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||@ ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|BROOKLYN: GUARDS: DERON WILLIAMS is healthy and got a much-improved supporting cast to work with. He could re-enter the NBA's best point guard discussion . . . JOE JOHNSON won't have the ballin his hands as much as he used to in Atlanta. It might give him a chance to concentrate on regaining his stroke as one of the NBA's best shooters . . . MARSHON BROOKS will look to settle in as a high-scoring sixth man. He'll be trade bait for most of the season . . . After a disastrous year in Chicago, C.J. WATSON will be asked to spell Williams for a few minutes a night . . . KEITH BOGANS is still kicking around as a second unit glue guy . . . TYSHAWN TAYLOR is an at-times out-of-control combo guard, but the rookie could threaten Watson's role at some point. FORWARDS: KRIS HUMPHRIES' contract was structured to make him easier to trade. He'll rebound and get his put-backs, and the Nets will likely showcase him a bit . . . GERALD WALLACE is slowing down, and now that he's signed his last big NBA contract he might not have much incentive to live up to his 'Crash' nickname. Brooklyn has no choice but to give him heavy minutes considering their investment . . . MIRZA TELETOVIC is a veteran stretch four. Consider him a penniless man's Channing Frye . . . TORNIKE SHENGELIA played himself into a roster spot this summer. He's a mediocre athlete, but a cagey scorer with a high basketball IQ . . . JOSH CHILDRESS and JERRY STACKHOUSE were added in September for depth . . . REGGIE EVANS will flop unconvincingly, punch opponents in the jewels and bring other 'tough guy' intangibles. CENTERS: BROOK LOPEZ had been remarkably durable before last year's foot injury, and he should be fully healed by the start of training camp. He's gifted offensively, but will continue to grab relatively few rebounds and generally get fried defensively. He's also a candidate to be traded midseason if another franchise can stomach his max contract . . . As insurance, former Wizards big man ANDRAY BLATCHE was brought in. He could be the team's best interior defender, able to play either the four or five spot.|
|BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.|
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*Nets-Celtics Preview* ======================
Brooklyn (44-32) at Boston (40-37), 8:00 p.m. EDT
It's been well over three months since the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics met, but extra intensity can still be expected when these teams close their season series.
The Nets are closing in on home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and can capture the season series for the first time since 2005-06 with a victory Wednesday night on the road against the Celtics.
Brooklyn (45-32) won two meetings with Boston (40-37) in November, with three ejections taking place in the second one. These teams then met Dec. 25, but there was little Christmas cheer on display with a skirmish in the fourth quarter that featured four technical fouls in the Celtics' 93-76 victory.
"You kind of feel some sort of chippiness between the two teams to be honest with you when we match up against Brooklyn," Boston forward Paul Pierce said.
The team that has won the rebounding battle has won all three matchups, and the Celtics are wary of Brooklyn frontcourt players Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche and Brook Lopez. That trio has combined for 75 rebounds in the season series.
"They're a big basketball team, Lopez is a monster so that's the challenge," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "And they are physical, they are tough, they're veterans - they match us in that. So usually those are the type of games that are fun. I don't call them chippy, I call them fun."
Lopez and Evans keyed a 104-83 home victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Lopez had 29 points and 11 boards while Evans finished with 17 and 24 - two shy of his career high - as the Nets held a 67-34 cushion on the glass.
"It isn't all about the way you look, how tall you are, how physical you look," Evans said. "It's all about that heart. I'd rather play a physical game than a pretty game. The more physical, the better it is. I like contact. I don't like running away."
The Nets, who took three of four from Boston seven seasons ago, lead Chicago by three games for home-court advantage in the first round.
The Celtics lead Milwaukee by three games as they try to cement the No. 7 seed in the postseason and avoid a first-round meeting with Miami. They are 1 1/2 games behind sixth-place Atlanta and two in back of the Bulls.
Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo rested all of his starters for the fourth quarter Tuesday, with this matchup in mind. The Nets are 6-5 in the second half of a back-to-back set after the first game was at home.
Deron Williams was only needed to score 11 points after totaling 62 over his previous two games for Brooklyn.
"The way they have been playing, they are one of the top-four teams in the East," Pierce said. "Deron Williams is playing his best basketball right now."
Unlike the previous matchups, Williams won't have to deal with the currently injured Rajon Rondo. He could see time against defensive-minded guard Avery Bradley, who missed the first two months of the season with shoulder problems.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 1:37:57 AM EST|