Sunday, March 9, 2014
W2W4: Nets vs. Kings
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Following a disappointing performance in Boston, the Brooklyn Nets face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
Hitting their mark: The Nets (30-30) went just 4-for-30 from 3-point range against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, missing all 17 of their attempts from downtown in the first half. Brooklyn surely hopes that’s just an anomaly, not the beginning of a trend. The Nets are tied for 14th in 3-point accuracy (35.9 percent).
King for a day: Marcus Thornton faces his former team. Thornton has been streaky since being traded to the Nets from the Kings, scoring 9, 10, 25, 3, 20 and 4 points in his first six games with Brooklyn. Reggie Evans, who was seldom-used by the Nets, meanwhile, is averaging 7.3 points and 8.4 rebounds on 62.1 percent shooting in seven games with Sacramento. Given the way Brooklyn struggles on the boards, don’t be surprised if Evans has himself a big night.
Will KG play? Kevin Garnett has missed the last four games due to back spasms. If he can’t go, rookie Mason Plumlee will likely start in his place once again.
Home dominance: The Nets are 13-2 in their last 15 games at home, and have won six straight there. Brooklyn is also 15-2 in its last 17 against sub-.500 opponents.