Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tom Waits' Birthday Game Preview: New Jersey Nets (6-15) @ Atlanta Hawks (14-8)

TIP-OFF: 7pm (EST)

TELEVISION
: SportSouth

RADIO: The Hawks have moved to 97.9 on the FM dial this season.

CHAT: Daily Dime Live

GAME NOTES: Hawks/Nets

ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: Joe Johnson is out.

NEW JERSEY INJURY REPORT: None.

BY THE NUMBERS

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
NJ (off)
87.9
1.036
47.4
24.1
23.5 15.8
ATL (def)
90.5 1.054 48.5
27.6
26.3
14.5

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
NJ (def)
87.9
1.092
48.5 35
24.9 13.1
ATL (off)
90.4 1.082
50.7
22.4
24
14.7

OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Nets Are Scorching, Whoop-De-Damn-Do

FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -6.5, 185.5 o/u

PREVIOUSLY...the New Jersey Nets have lost six of seven since beating the Atlanta Hawks 107-101 in overtime at home on November 23rd.

The Nets have to be seriously concerned about both the continued regression of Brook Lopez's scoring efficiency back to the low levels of his college days and his plummeting rebound rates. Sure, Lopez plays alongside some quality defensive rebounders: Kris Humphries, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, and Terrence Williams but that hardly excuses the seven-footer from posting a defensive rebound rate 17% lower than Marvin Williams, who plays the bulk of his minutes alongside two pretty good defensive rebounders.

Lopez's struggles have seriously undermined Devin Harris's renaissance, an unlikely career year from Humphries, and a very promising rookie season from Favors.

Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.

3 comments:

Drew Ditzel said...

favorite waits' album?

Mark said...

Props to you for acknowledging Waits' birthday! To answer the above post, I'll go with Rain Dogs, though Real Gone and Swordfishtrombones are great too (as if they all aren't).

Weird stat from the game last night: Etan Thomas, +12 in 3 mins of floor time. How many times has that happened?

Bret LaGree said...

Drew --

Asking me my favorite Waits album is similar to asking for my favorite Altman film, favorite Philip Roth novel, or favorite episode of The Larry Sanders Show.

Equivocating, I'll tab Rain Dogs as his best, Mule Variations as my favorite (it was on that tour I first saw him live), and Small Change as the one I've probably listened to most in my life.