That is the backdrop of Wednesday evening's game at Philips Arena, as a lot has changed since these two teams met in the 2015 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Hawks have won four consecutive games after dropping their season opener, including an impressive road victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. On the flip side, the Nets have begun the 2015-16 season with an 0-4 mark amid whispers that Brooklyn might be the worst team in the league.
To be fair, it is far too early to judge the Nets on the whole at this point, but Brooklyn has been incredibly poor on both ends, resulting in the fact that they have been outscored by 17.1 points per 100 possessions this season. The Nets still have some talented players, led by Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson, but the backcourt is something of a mess, and there is not a lot to get excited about when chronicling this team.
From a Hawks standpoint, the story of the day will be Mike Budenholzer's rotation on the second game of a back-to-back. To make things even more interesting, this game comes in the middle of a four-game, five-night stretch for Atlanta, and with Kyle Korver playing on Tuesday, there is some uncertainty about his status here. Thabo Sefolosha is expected to play after sitting out the game against Miami, but until Budenholzer and company elect to reveal the inactives for this one, nothing is certain.
Regardless, the Hawks and Nets will take the floor on Wednesday, and we will be here throughout the day to keep you up to date. Stay with us.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM