Brooklyn Nets: Sacramento Kings

W2W4: Nets vs. Kings

March, 9, 2014
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.

W2W4: Nets vs. Kings

January, 5, 2013
The Brooklyn Nets will look to improve to 5-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo when they host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

TIRED? WHO’S TIRED? The Nets are coming off a double-overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. In that game, Deron Williams and last-second hero Joe Johnson played 47 minutes each, while Brook Lopez logged 44. They may be fatigued, but they’re going to have to pick it up if they want to knock off the surging Kings (13-20), who have won six of their last eight games. Sacramento is just 3-13 away from home. The Nets (18-15) have not lost to a sub-.500 team all season (11-0). They beat the Kings, 99-90, back on Nov. 18. In that game, Andray Blatche made his first 10 shots en route to 22 points.

MATCHUP IN THE MIDDLE: Brook Lopez is currently the only player in the NBA averaging at least 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. In his last five games, the 24-year-old center is averaging 24.8 points and 9 rebounds on 60 percent shooting. Are we going to see him chosen as an Eastern Conference All-Star? We should. His counterpart in Saturday night's game, DeMarcus Cousins, is coming off a 31-point, 20-rebound performance against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. This matchup is going to be fun to watch.

THREES THE KEY? In their upset victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, the Nets shot 9-for-17 from 3-point range. They got off to a hot start in D.C. hitting 7 of their 11 3-point attempts in the second quarter. But they went just 1-for-11 from downtown after halftime. The Nets have been an erratic 3-point shooting team all season. It probably won’t change anytime soon, but it would be beneficial to them if it did.

MR. CLUTCH: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Johnson’s game-winning jumper against the Wizards on Friday night was his NBA-leading fourth game-tying or go-ahead filed goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime this season.

W2W4: Nets at Kings

November, 18, 2012
The Nets begin a three-game West Coast road trip on Sunday in Sacramento. Here's what we'll be watching for:

EXTENDING THE STREAK: The Nets (5-2) have won four games in a row. They're coming off a huge victory over the Celtics, but can't afford to look past the Kings with the Lakers looming on Tuesday. Deron Williams has said the Nets haven't played their best basketball yet. Now would be the perfect time to start.

KINGS? NAH: Sacramento (2-7) comes into this one losers of four straight games. Kings "star" guard Tyreke Evans has been a disappointment so far, averaging just 11.6 points on a mere 38.8 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins & Co. haven't been much better. It's important for the Nets to get off to a strong start and bury the Kings early.

BROOKLYN'S BIG 3: Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and D-Will have shown flashes of brilliance offensively -- at least as of late. The trio must continue to development continuity. In their last two games, they've combined for 141 points. Exactly the type of production the Nets are looking for.

DO YOUR D: The Nets currently rank seventh in the NBA in opponents' points per game. But their best performances have come against the lowly Magic. Still, the stats have to be fairly encouraging to coach Avery Johnson, who wants his team to finish in the top-10 in the league defensively.

Nets reportedly interested in Cousins

January, 3, 2012

The Kings say they're not dealing him, but the Nets are interested in DeMarcus Cousins, according to multiple reports.

Cousins and coach Paul Westphal aren't exactly getting along right now. Westphal even put out a statement that Cousins had requested a trade.

Cousins, 21, has averaged about 14 and 9 for his short career. Remember, the Nets decided to take Derrick Favors instead of Cousins in the 2010 draft.

Do you think trying to acquire Cousins would be a good move for the Nets? Put your thoughts in the comments section.

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Brook Lopez
16.6 0.6 0.5 28.3
ReboundsB. Lopez 7.1
AssistsD. Williams 6.3
StealsT. Young 1.3
BlocksB. Lopez 1.7