Miami Heat – Brooklyn Nets Preview (January 10, 2014)
The Brooklyn Nets have been through their share of adversity, with the latest setback being an injury to Deron Williams.
They’ve been hot lately, though, and will look to complete a perfect homestand while winning a fifth straight game as they host the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Brooklyn (14-21) has been one of the most disappointing teams in the league under first-year coach Jason Kidd, who has squabbled with assistant Lawrence Frank and was fined for deliberately spilling a drink to delay a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 27.
Brook Lopez is out for the season after having surgery for a broken foot, and Williams has missed the last two games and is expected to miss at least the next two with an ankle injury.
Joe Johnson picked up the slack Wednesday, scoring 27 points to help the Nets end Golden State’s 10-game winning streak with a 102-98 victory. They’ve won the first three on their four-game homestand.
“The confidence is in the fight,” said Kevin Garnett, who had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. “Jason’s done a great job of just continuing to explain what he wants out of this offense and I think we’re picking it up slowly but surely.”
Brooklyn, which won five of its first 14 at home before winning its last four at Barclays Center, trailed by as many as 16.
”We got down, but we didn’t give in,” said Andray Blatche, who had 17 points off the bench. ”We continued to fight and we closed it out.”
Paul Pierce, who added 11, hopes the Nets’ streak is a sign they are turning things around.
“We’ve just gotta keep building,” Pierce said.