The New Jersey Nets will look to snap out of their latest slump with a home-and-home against the Detroit Pistons, the last team they defeated. The first game is Wednesday night at The Prudential Center with the Nets trying to shake off one of their most embarrassing losses of the season, a 108-87 drubbing by the Chicago Bulls.
Avery Johnson's crew has lost three in a row and five of six with the lone win coming a week ago in Newark against this Detroit squad.But while the Nets have struggled since they last met, the Pistons have pulled off back-to-back wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Hornets.
The Pistons beat the Hornets without the services of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and lost point guard Brandon Knight after just five minutes to a broken nose. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 24 points and 16 rebounds as he continues his impressive sophomore season.
The Nets will once again be short-handed, with Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson and Mehmet Okur all sidelined. They are expected to get Anthony Morrow back after the death of his grandmother.
Catch the game locally on YES or WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Nets and Pistons will get together again Friday night in Detroit.