Wednesday, February 26, 2014
W2W4: Nets at Blazers
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets are currently 2-2 on their seven-game road trip. Wednesday night, they’ll take on the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
TWO FOR TWIN: Jason Collins will play his second game since joining the Nets (26-28) and becoming the NBA’s first active openly gay player. And this time, he’ll be wearing his regular No. 98 jersey. There were a lot more cameras than usual at the team’s morning shootaround, but that’s just something the Nets are going to have to deal with -- at least for now.
REINFORCEMENTS: Shaun Livingston (bruised tailbone), who did not play against the Los Angeles Lakers, will play Wednesday night, Nets coach Jason Kidd said. Marcus Thornton (illness) is expected to make his Brooklyn debut. The Nets can certainly use Thornton’s scoring ability off the bench.
POINT GUARD BATTLE: This will be fun: a healthy Deron Williams facing off with Damian Lillard. Williams has been good since the All-Star break. He is coming off a 30-point, seven-assist, five-rebound, six-steal outing in his team’s victory over Los Angeles. Lillard, meanwhile, is averaging 30.5 points in his past four games.