NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 25th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (11-40) at New Jersey Nets (23-32), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets will try to pull themselves out their recent slump tonight, when the host the listless Charlotte Bobcats at Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey has lost three of its last four to slip nine games under .500 (23-32) and four games behind first place Boston in the Atlantic Division. The Nets' recent woes continued on Wednesday night, as they fell 100-81 to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Vince Carter paced the Nets with 26 points on 11-of-27 shooting. In his last two games, Carter is 19-of-52 shooting from the floor. Jason Kidd collected 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds for New Jersey, which has dropped two straight in dismal fashion.
New Jersey shot 37 percent from the floor for the second straight night and turned the ball over 27 times in that span. Cliff Robinson added 10 points for the Nets, who were held to 33 second-half points.
The Nets' Nenad Krstic missed the game with bronchitis, while Rodney Buford was out with an ankle injury. Krstic and Buford are listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
New Jersey went silent at yesterday's trade deadline despite rumors that Kidd could end up in another city. Instead, the Nets stood pat and apparently feel they can make a run at the postseason with their current roster intact.
The Nets, who are beginning a short two-game homestand tonight, are 14-12 in their friendly confines this season. New Jersey has won seven of 10 and eight of its last 12 home tilts overall.
Charlotte has not been good in its inaugural campaign, winning just 11-of-51 games so far. In fact, the Bobcats have dropped 19-of-22 and 25 of their last 29 games overall. including a 112-102 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Brevin Knight paced Charlotte, which has won just once in its last nine outings, with 19 points. Gerald Wallace scored 15 points, Primoz Brezec had 14 points and 11 boards and Keith Bogans chipped in 13 points off the bench in the loss.
Returning from a sprained left ankle that forced him to miss Charlotte's last three games, rookie Emeka Okafor finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
Charlotte tweaked its roster just prior to the trade deadline on Thursday, dealing veteran sharpshooter Steve Smith to Miami for young forward Malik Allen. Allen, who joined the Heat in 2001, has averaged 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 22.1 minutes in 151 games with Miami.
The Bobcats have been atrocious on the road this season, posting just a 2-23 mark in such games. Charlotte has lost four straight and 13 of its last 14 in foreign buildings.
New Jersey has won both meetings between these teams this season, including a 99-86 win at home on November 30. The Nets also picked up a 94-91 win at Charlotte Coliseum on December 21.
02/25 10:15:23 ET