The Charlotte Hornets are on the up, winning their last two games against solid opposition. On the other side, the Nets will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in their last game. With some key players back in the lineup, the Nets should have the edge.
Brooklyn Nets def. Charlotte Hornets
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|Steve Nash||Head Coach||James Borrego|
|32-33 (9th in East)||Standing||32-33 (8th in East)|
|111.7 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.2 (10th of 30)|
|112.8 (23rd of 30)||Def Rtg||112.5 (22nd of 30)|
|98.9 (11th of 30)||Pace||100.5 (2nd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant (29.5)||PPG||L. Ball, M. Bridges (19.7)|
|A. Drummond (8.9)||RPG||M. Plumlee (8.1)|
|K. Durant (5.8)||APG||L. Ball (7.3)|
|K. Irving (1.3)||SPG||L. Ball (1.5)|
|N. Claxton (1.1)||BPG||M. Bridges, P. Washington (0.9)|
|N. Claxton (.641)/K. Durant (10.6)||FG%/FGM||N. Richards (.683)/M. Bridges (7.3)|
|S. Curry (.456)/P. Mills (3.0)||3P%/3PM||C. Martin (.406)/T. Rozier (3.1)|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||26 Feb 2022||Out (Ankle)||There is no timetable set for Simmons’ return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||3 Mar 2022||Out (Back)||Harris will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from ankle surgery.|
|Cam Thomas||Brooklyn Nets||6 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Back)||Thomas left Brooklyn’s Sunday (Mar 6) game and did not return.|
|Gordon Hayward||Charlotte Hornets||9 Feb 2022||Out (Ankle)||Hayward is out indefinitely after undergoing an MRI on his left ankle.|
|James Bouknight||Charlotte Hornets||6 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Neck)||Bouknight was OUT for Charlotte’s Saturday (Mar 5) game.|
|Jalen McDaniels||Charlotte Hornets||6 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||McDaniels was OUT for Charlotte’s Saturday (Mar 5) game.|
The Brooklyn Nets are a team built around their scoring threat. While they are able to keep up with even the fastest pace teams in the NBA, they need to be just as aggressive on the defensive side of the ball.
In their last game, a loss to the Boston Celtics, the Nets allowed their opponents to shoot 48.2% from the field as well as 47.2% from three-point range.
The Hornets are a fast-paced, offence-oriented team who are looking to separate themselves from Brooklyn in the East. If the Nets want to gain the upper hand, they can’t go shot-for-shot with the Hornets.
Spin cycle ?️ pic.twitter.com/I6EbWW6yk5
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 6, 2022
Kyrie Irving slotted back into the Nets lineup once their road trip began, quickly taking the lead on the playmaking side of the court. While the Nets’ offence was in full force, Irving’s point guard duties may have to expand in order to limit turnovers.
In 37 minutes of play, Irving posted 19 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He shot 44.4% from the field, but converted on just 2 of his 6 three-point field goal attempts. While he had 3 turnovers of his own, he created plenty of opportunities for others.
Irving’s offensive talents are his main asset. Against a young and energetic Hornets team, Irving must control the pace while still being productive in the scoring department. His offensive ability opens up opportunities for the entire Nets team.
A team that likes to employ one of the fastest paces in the NBA, the Hornets need to use their energy to overcome the veteran Nets. That doesn’t mean they can shirk their defensive duties though.
Second in the league in fast-break points with 15.6 per game, the Hornets will try to set the pace early. However, against the size of the Nets, Charlotte can’t take their defensive duties for granted.
In losses, the Hornets are outrebounded 44.4 to 50.3 – a monstrous disparity that signifies their weaknesses. While thought to just be shooters, the Nets have the personnel to give Charlotte nightmares inside. To win, the Hornets need to take control of the pace early.
This Terry Rozier poster ? pic.twitter.com/uShE2OTsLc
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 28, 2020
While the attention of the NBA is on the young high fliers of the Hornets roster, veteran guard Terry Rozier has been the glue that holds the team together. His recent play has helped them as they try to climb the Eastern Conference table.
In his last game, a win over the San Antonio Spurs, Rozier was brilliant. The veteran guard posted 31 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. His efficiency was what stood out, shooting 10 0f 18 from the field and 6 of 8 from three-point range.
Rozier will have a big task in front of him, as he’ll be asked to contain Kyrie Irving. The Nets star is one of the league’s most capable scorers, so Rozier’s defence must be as focused as his offence has been.
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|Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets Information|
|Who||Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets|
|Where||Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|When||7:00 PM EST, March 8th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports SE-CHA, YES, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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