Brooklyn appeared to be gaining steam earlier in December, but after losing their last two games and even worse, center Brook Lopez for the season, the Nets are back trying to figure out a winning formula, again. Lopez fractured his surgically repaired right foot in the fourth quarter of Brooklyn's overtime loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
The only good news for the Nets is that they've had two days to deal with the news and prepare for the Pacers. Indiana was able to reserve some energy on Monday night by dismantling the Celtics on Sunday. Only Lance Stephenson (35 minutes) played over 29 minutes and that was due to the pursuit of his third triple-double of the season. Young legs and a return home to Brooklyn should keep Lance from feeling any ill effects on Monday.
The Pacers beat the Nets 96-91 in early November which was a tough road win for the Pacers at the time. The Nets were relatively healthy and dedicated to the cause that night which forced the Pacers to use their normal third quarter run and then hold on for the W.
Jason Kidd remained mumm on which big on the Nets roster would start in place Lopez, but his options include Andray Blatche, Mirza Teletovic or Reggie Evans. Blatche seems like the right options considering he offers the most size to matchup with the big Pacers front court.
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Also, due to an early morning flight and a day of holiday travel, I was unable to add some links, including my segment on The Phil Naessens Show in which we discussed the Heat game, Granger's return and the Nets.