The Brooklyn Nets are reeling -- they have lost nine of their last 12 games. They’ll have a chance to get back on track in the second half of a back-to-back against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET). Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
LUCKY 13? The Nets are coming off a miserable Christmas performance against the Boston Celtics in which they had a season-high tying 20 turnovers and scored just 76 points -- their second-lowest point total this season.
The Nets have lost 12 straight games to the Bucks, including five straight on the road. The last time the two teams played was on Dec. 9 in Brooklyn and the Nets scored a season-low 31 first-half points and trailed by as many as 29.
D-Will and Iso Joe combined for just 22 in the team’s most recent loss to the Celtics. Williams is still banged up, though Johnson, despite his bad performance Tuesday, is averaging 19.4 points in his last eight games. If the Nets are going to win this game, chances are their $190 million backcourt needs to have a big night.
STARTING 5: The Nets started Reggie Evans at power forward against the Bucks and jumped out to an 11-2 lead, only to see it disappear thanks to a 17-2 Milwaukee counter that effectively ended things. Brooklyn has recently been starting Gerald Wallace at the four and Keith Bogans at small forward. That small lineup worked wonders on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, but didn’t on Tuesday, prompting Nets coach Avery Johnson to go with Evans to start the second half in place of Bogans. Johnson has been searching for the right rotation all season. What will he end up settling on Wednesday night?