The Hawks dominated play Wednesday night in a 109-95 victory in Atlanta.
Brooklyn will look to rebound from that tough effort as it returns home to Barclays Center.
Hawks Have Lots of Speed
The Nets looked very sluggish trying to stop Hawks’ guards Jeff Teague and Devin Harris. These two consistently drove to the basket and finished with 28 (career-high) and 18 points, respectively.
The Hawks were unstoppable on the fast-break as the Nets struggled with their transitional defense.
If the Nets don’t make an adjustment tonight, it might yield a similar result. Maybe extended minutes from defensive specialist Gerald Wallace will help the Nets adjust.
Wallace played limited minutes Wednesday dealing with bruised ribs.
Josh Smith Returns
The Hawks put forth a stellar effort Wednesday even without their leading scorer Josh Smith, who served a one-game team-issued suspension.
Smith is averaging 16.5 points per game this season.
Zaza Pachulia filled in for Smith Wednesday and was two assists shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Joe Johnson Gets Another Chance
Joe Johnson was a little off from the field in his first meeting against his former team, shooting 4-of-15 for 15 points. He was 0-of-4 from three-point range, an area he had been thriving in before Wednesday’s game.
He’ll get the immediate chance to redeem himself as part of this home-and-away series.
The Nets will need a big game from Johnson to get back in the win column.
Playing Well at Home
The Nets have won six straight home games, and a win would extend that streak to a season-high seven.
The Nets have lost two straight at home to the Hawks and now six straight overall following Wednesday’s loss. The Nets’ last home win over the Hawks was on Dec. 19, 2010.
“We’re Flat Out Exhausted”
P.J. Carlesimo said the Nets were exhausted during Wednesday night’s loss in the second of back-to-back games. The team defeated the Raptors 113-106 on Tuesday.
Hopefully, Brooklyn will be well-rested heading back home tonight. Fresh legs will be necessary in stopping the quick-footed Hawks.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.