Friday, November 8, 2013
W2W4: Nets at Wizards
By Ohm Youngmisuk
WASHINGTON -- The last time the Brooklyn Nets were here in Washington, Jason Kidd coached Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for the first time when the Nets opened the preseason with an overtime win over the Wizards.
The Nets return hoping to win again in D.C. but this time avoid overtime if they can. Here's three things to watch for tonight:
Take care of business: The Nets (2-2) are obvious favorites. But so far during this early portion of the season, the Nets have been a mixed bag in that role. They lost the opener at Cleveland, were routed in Orlando only to bounce back and crush the Jazz. Their other victory came during an inspired performance against the defending champion Miami Heat.
Washington has young talent but the Nets need to take care of business. Sure, winning on the road is tough. But they need to handle a team like Washington (1-3), especially with a game against Indiana at home on Saturday night. The Nets can't get caught looking ahead to an early clash with one of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.
Build a Wall: The Nets are built for a deep playoff run with experience, size and depth. But can they handle quick and athletic guards? They'll certainly get a taste of that tonight against Washington's John Wall. Wall is averaging 20.3 points, 8.8 assists and 2.0 steals. Bradley Beal also is a rising youngster averaging 15.8 points and has deep range.
"It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us," Pierce said. "John presents a lot of problems with his quickness and the way he’s been shooting the ball."
We'll have to see how much Deron Williams will play against Wall since Williams likely is still on a minutes limit.
Big Brook: Brook Lopez hopes to follow up a big game with another strong performance. Lopez had 27 points in 25 minutes on 10-for-13 shooting against the Jazz on Tuesday.
The Wizards, though, will counter with newly-acquired center Marcin Gortat, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds against Philadelphia on Wednesday. Nene Hilario also had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in that game as well.