Nets and Pacers Preview: Can Brooklyn Respond With A Victory After Lopez's Injury

By Mark Wilson

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

When the schedule makers put this contest together, I can guarantee they figured it would be against two of the best teams in the NBA.

The Indiana Pacers have done their part, but the same cannot be said about the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are not what any of us thought they would be and the Pacers are what we all expected them to be and maybe more.

The showdown in Brooklyn will still have some excitement to it. The Nets will come out full of emotion after learning the fate of Brook Lopez and try to ride that wave through the game. The Pacers are looking to demolish any victim on their way to a championship.

Deron Williams will have to take the ball to the hole against this Pacers defense if they have any chance of a victory. In order to beat the Pacers you have to get their bigs in foul trouble and Roy Hibbert loves to block shots, which will leave him vulnerable to fouls. Kevin Garnett will have his hands full trying to contain the post game of Hibbert and David West. The wing position is a laughing matter if anyone thinks that Alan Anderson will contain Paul George. The Lance Stephenson and Joe Johnson battle could be a great one depending on what you are looking for.

The return of Danny Granger puts this team on a different level than any other team in the NBA. Granger was once a rising star in the league until an injury took him down. Now, the Pacers have built a winning chemistry with their unit and Granger has to fit in. If it’s all about wining, then he will accept his role, contribute and bring home the trophy. The Nets’ bench is not as stable as the Pacers. Shaun Livingston, Paul Pierce and Mirza Teletovic do not bring fear into anyone’s heart when they hit the scores table to check in.

In order for the Nets to beat the Pacers tonight, the NBA has to lay down the mercy rule for heartbreak teams. The Nets have earned a few of those for the way their season has gone so far.

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