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Previewing Atlanta’s challenge in defending the Brooklyn Nets offense

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Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

After an impressive 3-0 start, the Atlanta Hawks will face their biggest challenge of the young season as they play consecutive games in Brooklyn against the Nets. Brooklyn has been impressive to this point in the season, and the Nets feature two of the best offensive players in the league, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

In this video breakdown, we will look at how both players like to use the post to generate one-one-one opportunities in the offensive half court. From there, we will examine the help defense principles to which Atlanta will need stay disciplined.

How the Hawks will choose to defend Brooklyn will be impacted, especially, by which players are available to play at the power forward and center positions. Clint Capela played for the first time this season against the Detroit Pistons on Monday evening, and he is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game. Danilo Gallinari has missed the last two games, and he is listed as questionable for the first tilt on Wednesday.

Otherwise, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish will surely be relied upon for critical defensive roles as Atlanta plans to defend Brooklyn’s dynamic offensive players. In addition, Solomon Hill could be in line for a significant role.