Tonight, the 8-16 New Jersey Nets will make the short trip to New York to face the 8-15 Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Both teams played on Friday night – the Knicks lost by two to the Celtcs and the Nets lost by three to the Timberwolves – so each will be playing the second game of a back-to-back.
Playing on short rest adds insult to injury for the Nets, who are suffering from numerous injuries right now. Brook Lopez is still out with a foot injury. MarShon Brooks is out indefinitely with a broken toe, Damion James is out for the season, Anthony Morrow is playing on a sprained ankle – although he dropped a career-high 42 last night – Mehmet Okur is out with back spasms, Johan Petro is also playing on a sprained ankle, and DeShawn Stevenson is out with a sore knee.
This will be the first meeting between the Nets and Knicks this season. The Knicks won all four meetings in 2010-11.