It took an overtime thriller and few big shots from Joe Johnson last night for the Nets to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Bucks.
Milwaukee had defeated Brooklyn the previous two matchups this season, so the Nets will try to even the season series tonight on the road.
Johnson Is Incredibly Clutch
Joe Johnson has taken some heat this season for playing inconsistent basketball. However, with the game on the line, he’s the guy that knocks down the big shot.
“Joe Smooth” has shot 8-of-9 in the final minute of games with the score within three points in either direction this season.
Though of course the Nets wish they didn’t have to rely on buzzer-beaters to tie or win games, it’s a nice luxury to have Johnson.
Speed Kills the Nets
Last night like all season, quick guards have proven to be the Nets’ Achilles heel.
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 54 points. Of Jennings 34 points, 31 came after the first quarter. Ellis also dished out eight assists and recorded six steals.
Deron Williams looked very slow against Jennings, so an adjustment must be made tonight in Milwaukee.
Williams has a tremendous size advantage over Jennings, which the Nets will look to exploit tonight.
No Brook in the Fourth Quarter
Brook Lopez was absent in the fourth quarter again last night. Sure, Andray Blatche looked terrific off the bench, but Lopez is an All-Star player.
P.J. Carlesimo did not want to disrupt the chemistry on the floor during that stretch. Lopez entered the game in overtime and looked incredibly rusty, which almost cost the Nets the game.
Lopez has averaged 24.0 points in his last three road games at Milwaukee, so hopefully he’s in store for another All-Star worthy performance, especially late in the game.
Bucks Still a Challenge for Nets
Despite Tuesday’s clutch win, the Nets have still won just once in their last 14 tries against the Bucks.
The Nets have not won in Milwaukee since March 3, 2009 – a streak of six games.
Tonight, Brooklyn will try to add to its new winning streak against the Bucks, which currently sits at one game.
Both teams will likely come out sluggish after playing an overtime game last night, but whatever team can muster the energy to compete at a higher level will emerge victorious.
The action tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.