NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 7th
(All times Eastern)
Brooklyn Nets (5-14) at Milwaukee Bucks (4-15), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Kidd and the struggling Brooklyn Nets try to put
an embarrassing loss behind them when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday
at the Bradley Center.
Kidd is in his first year as head coach of the Nets and watched his squad
sustain a lopsided 113-83 loss to the New York Knicks Thursday night. Kidd, of
course, played last season with the Knicks, who ended a nine-game losing
streak and shot a sizzling 57.1 percent.
New York also made 16-of-27 3-pointers.
"Tonight they looked like the team of last year," said Kidd.
Brooklyn had just two players finish with 10 or more points, as Brook Lopez
scored a game-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds and Joe Johnson
netted 13 points on just 4-of-15 shooting. Johnson has scored in double
figures in 17 of Brooklyn's 19 games this season.
The Nets demoted assistant coach Lawrence Frank this week to shake things up.
"We have a new system," Kevin Garnett said after the 30-point Knicks loss.
"We're changing things on the fly. Jason's putting in a lot of new stuff since
The Nets, losers in nine of 11 games, have been banged up pretty badly and are
still without guards Deron Williams (ankle) and Jason Terry (knee), and
forwards Paul Pierce (hand) and Andrei Kirilenko (back). Through 19 games this
season, the Nets have lost a total of 45 games due to injury.
Brooklyn is 3-8 as the visitor this season.
Milwaukee halted a two-game slide on Friday with a 109-105 overtime victory
over the Wizards in Washington. The victory also ended a seven-game road
"We've given away a lot of wins, we've gifted a lot of teams this year," said
guard Brandon Knight. "Just to see our growth from one week to the next,
that's what I'm proud of with our team."
The Bucks scored the final five points in regulation to force overtime and
held the Wizards without a point in the extra session until Trevor Ariza made
three free-throws with 42.8 seconds left.
Knight made a jumper for a three-point lead, then forced a John Wall turnover.
Knight converted one of two foul shots for the final margin of victory.
Khris Middleton scored a career-high with 29 points and Knight chipped in 20.
John Henson was spectacular with 19 points and 17 rebounds in over 45 minutes
O.J. Mayo added 17.
Head coach Larry Drew employed some interesting rotations as the injury bug
has ravaged his Bucks. Interestingly enough, Luke Ridnour saw only 3:17 on
court and Gary Neal was a DNP-CD. Both were healthy.
The teams split four meetings last season but Brooklyn has lost seven of its
last nine Milwaukee.
12/07 10:50:30 ET