Friday, February 8, 2013
W2W4: Nets at Wizards
By Mike Mazzeo
The Nets needed double-overtime and a last-second game-winner from Joe Johnson to beat the Wizards the last time the two teams met, on Jan. 4. They meet again Friday night in D.C. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
CAN’T TAKE ‘EM LIGHTLY: The Wizards are 13-35, but John Wall is back, and they’re coming off a 10-point victory over the Knicks on Wednesday. Washington (10-14 at home) has also beaten the Heat, Thunder and Clippers (minus Chris Paul) this season. The Wizards are averaging a league-low 91.3 points, but erupted for 106 in their win against the Knicks.
GETTING BUCKETS: The Nets have struggled offensively in their last seven games, averaging less than 91 points. Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo has said their spacing has been an issue. Also, they’re just not making open shots. Brooklyn has excelled at taking care of bad teams all season, and comes in 18-1 against sub-.500 opponents (at time of game played).
D-WILL AND ISO JOE, THEY NEED YOU: Deron Williams and Johnson have struggled all season, particularly of late. In his last four games, Williams, who has been bothered by the flu and minor injuries, is averaging just 11.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting. During that span, he has 26 assists and 20 turnovers. Johnson is averaging just 13.3 points on 35.5 percent shooting in his last seven games.