Scouting Report: Brooklyn Nets
It’s been a crazy and busy week already for the Hawks since arriving in London, but the reason they’re here is to play a basketball game after all, so let’s get to scouting their opponent.
The Brooklyn Nets have won five of six, including a 91-86 victory over Atlanta nine days ago. In that game, former Hawk Joe Johnson scored 23 points and Mirza Teletovic added 16 ff the bench. Johnson is the key to Brooklyn’s offense, and the Hawks will have to try to slow him down the second time around without the services of DeMarre Carroll, who isn’t with the team for personal reasons.
Slowing Johnson might be a task put on the smaller but quicker Lou Williams, who could start in Carroll’s place. Williams (and anyone else guarding Johnson) will have to make shots tough for him, and not give him space on the floor.
The Nets will once again be without point guard Deron Williams, though Shaun Livingston has played well in his absence. The Hawks’ challenge is going to be finding ways to score. They only got to 86 last time despite a 31-point second quarter. Brooklyn’s defense held Atlanta to just 34 points in the second half though, so the Hawks will have to be more creative in finding ways to get to the rim to create open shots.
It’ll be a challenge for both teams with a different type of environment facing them in London tomorrow night. The Nets are playing their best basketball of the season though, and the Hawks seem to be starting to put things together in Al Horford’s absence, so both teams are looking to keep the good vibes going.
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images