The Nets will be without Gerald Wallace when they head into the WFC tonight to take on the mildly surging Sixers. If Philly wants to move out of the #7 seed, in a positive way, they need this win. I hope they realize that.
Beyond getting a win, my main reason for watching tonight is to see if the Nets have another unathletic center on their roster who will throw a dunk down on Spencer Hawes' head. Last time, both Jordan Williams and Johan Petro did the honors.
On a more serious note, Collins used mainly Jrue and Iguodala on Deron Williams on Monday, and the Nets' superstar (for the next 8 games), and held him to 14 points on 12 shots, and five assists to five turnovers. Another effort like that tonight would go a long way toward stretching this streak to three games. The Sixers also did a superb job keeping the Nets off the offensive glass. Their 80.4% defensive rebounding rate was a big a key to the win as anything. Keep that number above 75%.
The tip is at 7pm. This is your game thread. I'll be right here throughout, hopefully watching the scoreboard in the second half while the Sixers are pulling away from the Nets.
Prediction: PHI 104, NJN 88
For the love of all things holy, please don't come out flat like all you have to do is show up to beat a bad team. If the past couple of months have told us anything, it's that just showing up isn't enough.