The Brooklyn Nets have clinched a playoff spot, and the Sixers have won two of their last four games. The two meet tonight at Wells Fargo Center.
Here is the matchup in 3-Dei.
1. Three can’t be dominant
The Nets have made 46 of 93 threes (49.5 percent) in the first three games of the season series that concludes tonight. On the season, the Nets average 8.6 made threes per game, but against the Sixers, that number is nearly doubled. Opponents on average shoot 37 percent from distance against the Sixers, but in their last two wins, the Pistons and Celtics were a combined 15 for 54 from behind the arc.
2. Four can score
Brook Lopez, the Nets starting center and leading scorer, was lost for the season because of foot surgery. Amazingly that has not slowed Brooklyn down; actually, it’s done the opporsite.
The Nets now play small ball with Paul Pierce playing power forward. That has him pitted against Thad Young tonight.
Thad is a stretch four whose quickness could give Pierce some trouble, but Pierce is a prolific scorer. He is averaging 21 points thus far in the season series and he is 25 for 27 at the foul line.
3) Back from back?
Kevin Garnett has missed 19 straight games because of back spasms, but he could return to Jason Kidd’s lineup tonight -- whether it's as a starter or reserve is still to be determined. Garnett is in his 19th NBA season, and while he is no longer the dominant All-Star he once was, he still has a defensive presence and has an intimidating quality that any team in the league would want heading into the postseason.
The Sixers young big men must make KG feel his age, making him work in the post at both ends of the floor.