- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Brooklyn Nets turned their season around in Oklahoma City Jan. 2, 2013. Exactly a year later, they’ll try to do the same thing, as the Nets face the Thunder at Chesapeake Arena. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
FRUSTRATION MOUNTS: Kevin Garnett expressed his frustrations Wednesday over his terrible season. Garnett is 1-for-10 with four points in his last two games. He’s missed plenty of open shots and hasn’t had the impact many thought he would have on the defensive end. Thursday night is the latest opportunity for Garnett to get it together. But as he admitted Wednesday, it’s not easy when Father Time begins to set in.
TEAM IN DISARRAY: The Nets (10-21) have lost six of their last seven games. They trail the surging, first-place Toronto Raptors by five games in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn is 0-2 on its three-game road trip, losing by 14 in Indiana and 21 in San Antonio.
KD LEADS THE WAY: The Thunder are 25-6, and once again, MVP candidate Kevin Durant is leading the way. Durant is averaging 28.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He’s shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range. Russell Westbrook is out, but Oklahoma City has been pretty much fine without him. The Thunder rank in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They are also first in rebounds per game.
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