The NBA All-Star break served as a short hiatus for teams around the league.  On Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets will defend their home court vs the 8th place Bucks.  Brooklyn will be looking to improve to 20 wins at home on the year.

Nets' Center Brook Lopez was the lone participant from the team in any of the All-Star festivities this year.  Lopez played only 10 minutes in the East's loss, and scored only 3 points.  Lopez surprisingly took a 3-pointer during the game, but let's hope he doesn't look to shoot 3's more during the second half of the season.  Deron Williams normally would've competed in the Saturday night skills challenge, but he was dealing with ankle inflammation that kept him out of the team's previous two games.  Williams is expected to return Tuesday night.

Brooklyn is in a tight race for the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.  They are ahead of Chicago by a .5 game, and lead the Atlanta Hawks by a single game.

For the Nets, their next two games might be the last we'll see of either Kris Humphries or Marshon Brooks in a Brooklyn jersey.  The two are rumored in various trades, including ones for Josh Smith or Paul Millsap.  It will be interesting to see if the Nets can get a fair deal before Thursday's trade deadline, or whether they will stay put with their current roster.

After Tuesday's game, Brooklyn will travel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks on Wednesday night.  The Nets currently trail the season series 2-0 but can look to even up the series with consecutive wins.

Tune in to Tuesday's and Wednesday's games to see if the Nets can gain ground on the Atlantic Division leading Knicks.