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Friday, November 23, 2012
W2W4: Nets vs. Clippers

By Mike Mazzeo



The Brooklyn Nets have lost two games in a row. They’ll try to get back in the win column on Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE: The Nets went 1-2 on their West Coast road trip, but are returning home, where they’re 4-1. Brooklyn (6-4) let a pair of wins slip away in Los Angeles and Golden State.

After getting a day of rest for Thanksgiving, the Nets are going to be juiced up for this.

D-WILL VS. CP3: Deron Williams has yet to show why he was voted a Top-10 player in #NBARank. He’s shooting just 41.4 percent overall, while making just 26.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. Still, D-Will relishes the chance to go up against the top point guards in the league, and Chris Paul is considered by many to be the best one. Both floor generals play for the "other team" in their respective markets. This is going to be a fun matchup.

RETURN OF CRASH: Gerald Wallace (rest, left ankle) will return to the lineup, giving the Nets their normal starting five.

WOE JOE:
We’ve shown you Joe Johnson’s paltry shooting stats a million times. Why not once more? In his last four games, the 31-year-old shooting guard is connecting at a 31 percent clip. Not good. Not good at all.

BLAKE GRIFFIN SHOW: A human highlight reel, Griffin is usually good for at least an emphatic dunk or two -- or three. On March 4, he lit up the Nets in Newark, dropping in 28 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Kris Humphries is going to have his hands full trying to contain Blake.

THIRD WATCH:
The Nets are averaging an NBA-worst 19.3 points in the third quarter. Coach Avery Johnson maintains his team is going to figure this out. But when?