Wednesday, December 19, 2012
W2W4: Nets at Knicks
By Mike Mazzeo
The East River Rivalry shifts to Manhattan on Wednesday night, when the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks hit the hardwood at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season. The teams split the previous two meetings at Barclays Center.
Here's what we'll be watching for:
D-WILL LOVES NYC: The last time Deron Williams played at MSG, he dropped 38 points and the Nets left with a victory over Jeremy Lin and the Knicks on Feb. 20. Williams has averaged 20.0 points in 15 games against the Knicks, his most against any opponent.
D-Will is in the midst of the worst season of his career -- he's shooting a career-worst 38.9 percent -- but the Nets (13-11) could use a big outing from their $98 million point guard. They've dropped two in a row and are just 2-7 in December.
D THE 3: The Knicks lead the NBA in both 3-point attempts and makes. When they beat the Nets, they hit 14 3s. When they lost to the Nets, they hit just six. Brooklyn is going to have to defend the perimeter if it wants to win this game.
Carmelo Anthony torched the Nets for a season-high 45 points in the last meeting between the two teams, on Dec. 11. He is a game-time decision. Regardless of if he plays, the Knicks are a capable outside shooting team. Remember, they whooped the Heat in Miami without Melo because they drained 18 triples.
HOLD A LEAD! The Nets blew a 13-point lead in their loss to the Jazz on Tuesday night. From ESPN Stats & Information: It was the sixth time this season that the Nets lost a game in which they had a lead of at least 13 points. No other NBA team has more than four such losses. Detroit (four), Cleveland (three) and Minnesota (three) are next on the list.