WHAT: The Nets are on a 8-game losing streak; The Raptors are the best team in the NBA. Here we go!
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, SN1; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
I’m not even angry about the loss to the Thunder. I’m really not. About two or three minutes into the fourth quarter the Thunder decided they wanted to win the game and the Nets laid down and let them do it. I wasn’t shocked. I wasn’t yelling at my TV. This is just what happens now. And for those of us on Team Tank, a loss is a win!
Moving on, Friday nights match-up will be the first time the Nets face off against the Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors who are 21-5 and are going to be an issue not only for Brooklyn on Friday night but also for any teams trying to advance in the playoffs this spring. At one point they’d won eight straight until losing to the Nuggets at home on Monday in a close one. The Nets are on an eight-game streak, too. Fun! Let’s get into it.
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The Nets aren’t really good on either side of the ball. They’re 17th in offensive efficiency and 22nd in defensive efficiency. They get up and down the floor and shoot a lot of threes (5th in the NBA in attempts), but don’t make them especially effectively (34.8% — 19th), in that way they and the Raps are the same — Toronto sits, ninth and 21st in those categories respectively.
Other than that though, there isn’t much to compare between the two teams, except, maybe depth; the Nets have 12 guys who’ve played at least nine games and average double minutes, the Raps have 11. The difference is that the Nets roster still mostly consists of role-players forced to play up due to where the Nets are in roster construction.