By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
March 7th, 2014
W2W4: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
The Brooklyn Nets will be heading up to Boston to play against the Celtics on Friday night, as the Nets will look to stay above the .500 mark against a struggling Celtics team. With their (30-29) record the Nets are sitting three games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division.
- No Return for KG
Kevin Garnett has missed the last three games with back spasms and wont be available for the Nets on Friday night against his former team the Celtics. Rookie Mason Plumlee will be making the start yet again in place of Garnett. Plumlee hasnt played bad in the starting role, as the athletic, energitic Plumlee is averaging five points and a little more than five rebounds per game in the absence of Garnett. Joe Johnson is listed as questionable for Friday, as he is a bit under the weather. Even against the Celtics its tough to head into a game without possibly two of your normal starting lineup.
- Pierce Back Home
Forward Paul Pierce will be going back to Boston for the second time as a Net after 15 seasons as a Celtic. Pierce will be looking to play much better than he did the first time he was back in Boston, as on January 26th, Pierce scored just six points on a dreadful two for 10 shooting night. Even in Brooklyn, Pierce struggled, scoring just four points on zero for three shooting. Butterflies are expected for Pierce again, but the second time in Boston should be a bit easier and less emotional for him to have a better game.
- Stay Above .500
It was a long road for the Nets to get to over .500 this season, but after battling a lot of injuries they are finally above the .500 mark for the first time all season, and now have to look to build on that. After their game against the Celtics they will be at home against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday before a huge game on Monday against the Raptors, who have beaten the Nets twice already on the second half of Nets back to backs. With five straight games against likely playoff teams coming up after the game against the Kings, the Nets can really use these wins against the sub-.500 teams.