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Friday, November 8, 2013
Starting five: Can Nets defend speed?

By Ohm Youngmisuk

WASHINGTON -- The Nets are deep, loaded with experience, scorers and size.

But while the Nets have an experienced and wiser roster built for a playoff run, Jason Kidd's team might have difficulty guarding against youth, speed and quick athletic guards.

Orlando's rising rookie Victor Oladipo had 19 points to lead the Magic to a 107-86 rout over the Nets last Sunday. Tonight, the Nets have to find a way to slow down another young blur in Washington's John Wall. It should be a good test for the Nets' defense.

"Well we counter that with our length and size on the inside," guard Jason Terry said. "You can be as quick as you want, but once you get by one person, there's a second defender there to help. Get by him, there's a third. So, we got good, great team defense and on quicker guys, we load to the ball."

The Nets (2-2) should get better against quicker point guards as the season progresses with Deron Williams' minutes rising. The Nets are still monitoring his minutes after missing most of camp with an ankle injury. Still, it will be interesting to see how Brooklyn fares Friday against Wall and his backcourt mate, Bradley Beal.

Up now: Kevin Garnett is going to play tonight according to Kidd. But will he play against Indiana on Saturday as the Nets play their first set of back-to-back games this season?

Paul Pierce doesn't want to see the Nets lose any momentum from Tuesday's big win over the Jazz by faltering in Washington. He says the Nets cannot "rest on our laurels."

Check it out: In case you haven't seen it yet, take a look at this video by American Express capturing Pierce going around Brooklyn and getting to know his new home. The "Hello Paul" video is pretty cool. I followed him around for a day while he was shooting the video and saw him even flip some pizzas as well.

Question: Do you think the Nets will be able to defend against young athletic and quick guards this season or will that be one of their weaknesses? Let us know below.

What's next: The Nets face the Wizards (1-3) in Washington. I'm here covering the game and will have more stories later.