|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.2||3-2||3-2||102.6||55.0||48.1%||52.6||91.8||41.4||42.5%||46.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.6||50.1||36-80||44.9%||8-21||35.6%||18-24||73.5%||52||13||20||18||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.9||48.3||36-79||44.8%||7-21||35.1%||17-23||74.3%||51||12||21||18||7||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.8||47.8||37-81||46.2%||6-17||36.8%||14-19||72.9%||47||11||21||21||7||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||97.7||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)||94.9||47.8||38-80||47.0%||6-17||35.0%||13-19||70.7%||47||10||22||21||7||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-0.6||1-4||4-1||96.0||49.4||43.8%||50.0||101.0||48.0||48.0%||47.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.7||47.0||35-81||43.5%||7-20||34.9%||18-24||74.9%||55||13||20||20||7||14||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.3%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||97.4||49.6||36-82||43.6%||7-20||37.4%||18-25||74.1%||56||14||20||20||7||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||90.2||44.6||34-82||41.8%||5-16||32.2%||16-21||75.9%||50||11||19||22||7||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||97.6||49.1||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||88.8||44.7||34-83||40.7%||5-17||30.8%||16-21||74.8%||51||12||18||23||7||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 95.9, INDIANA 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|
|4/12/2013||@ INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/1/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||109-106||W||5.5||W||188||O||39-71||54.9%||43||14||39-80||48.7%||40||14|
|4/12/2013||BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||@ BOSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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.|
|INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (BROOKLYN-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nets-Pacers Preview* =====================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Brooklyn (46-32) at Indiana (49-29), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Even after the Indiana Pacers pushed the eventual NBA champions in the playoffs last season, few may have expected them - without Danny Granger - to finish ahead of a Brooklyn Nets team that made strong offseason moves.
That can officially become reality Friday night when Indiana looks to clinch the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory over visiting Brooklyn.
Indiana had Miami on the ropes in the 2012 East semifinals before bowing out in six games, and it appeared to be one of the biggest threats to the Heat coming into 2012-13.
Then the news came just before the season that the Pacers wouldn't have Granger, their leading scorer the last five years, for at least the first three months because of a knee injury.
Despite Granger playing only five games before opting for surgery, Indiana (49-29) won its first Central Division title since 2003-04 behind All-Star Paul George, who scored 14 points to help the Pacers overcome a 20-point deficit in a 99-94 win over Cleveland on Tuesday.
Coach Frank Vogel's ejection in the third quarter seemed to spark his team. The Pacers were coming off two embarrassing defeats, 97-75 to Oklahoma City last Friday and 104-85 at Washington the following night.
George Hill scored a team-high 27 points to aid the comeback Tuesday.
"We couldn't have three blowouts in a row. We want to close the season out on a good foot," George said. "When coach went out, we really had to pull it together. We knew the fourth quarter is the way we play. We were really struggling."
Brooklyn also is likely headed toward home-court advantage in the first round, one of many goals set by the organization after re-signing Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries and trading for Joe Johnson.
Williams has been the catalyst as the fourth-place Nets (46-32) have won three straight. He scored 29 points and added 12 assists in a 101-93 win at Boston on Wednesday.
The point guard has averaged 25.5 points and 54.8 percent shooting in his last four games, considerably better than his season numbers of 18.7 and 43.9.
"We say it every game - he's playing like one of, if not the, elite point guards in the league," interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
With Johnson still not 100 percent recovered from a strained quadriceps and the team having lost Wallace to a left heel contusion Wednesday, Williams has had to step up his game as the Nets prepare to make their first postseason appearance since 2006-07.
"Whenever two (people are covering) the ball, he makes the right play," reserve Jerry Stackhouse said of Williams. "I think once he mixes it up, it's like pick your poison."
Williams has averaged 28.8 points in his last four games versus the Pacers, though he sat out an 89-84 overtime victory in the most recent meeting Feb. 11. Lopez finished with 25 points and Reggie Evans added 22 rebounds to help overcome 22 points from Hill.
Wallace missed a 97-86 win over Indiana on Jan. 13 because of bruised ribs, and it's uncertain if his injured heel will keep him out of this contest.
Brooklyn has held Indiana to an average of 84.7 points while winning the last three matchups following a 10-game losing streak in the series.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 5:56:28 AM EST|