Stan Van Gundy respects Harris' penetration and shooting


Devin Harris suffered a left shoulder sprain in the Nets' 85-83 loss to the Bobcats, but he will be starting tonight against the Magic, and his minutes won't be limited at all (NorthJersey.com). With that said, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy knows what's in store with the Nets point guard in the lineup (Orlando Sentinel). "You've got to try to contain Devin Harris' penetration. I think that's a huge thing ... Actually Harris is shooting the ball a lot better." Among point guards, Harris is third in the league in field goal percentage (52%) and he's fifth in the league in points, rebounds and assists per game per 48 minutes.

Nets notes:

  • Want to drive through the lane like Harris? The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is now selling Nets-themed licensed plates (NJToday.net).

  • In ESPN Insider's latest rookie rankings, Derrick Favors is No. 3 after two non-surprises, John Wall and Blake Griffin. According to his Insider profile page, it says: "If he excelled in only [rebounding and finishing buckets in the paint] for the rest of the season, he'd be seen as an enormous success. Remember, he turned 19 during summer league and is playing a man's position. We know he's going to be an effective pick-and-pop shooter, but there are plenty of guys who can do that. Playing alongside a talent like Brook Lopez will allow him to focus on being complementary in his role, and he's off to a great start." Favors is averaging a near double-double (10.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg) and a "phenomenal" five offensive rebounds per game, as Van Gundy describes it (Orlando Sentinel). Favors is actually tied for second in the league with Griffin and Joakim Noah in that category.

  • On Halloween, recently-single socialite Kim Kardashian was sitting courtside at the Nets-Heat game. Was she scouting for a new boyfriend prospect? Well, word is, she may be now dating Nets power forward Kris Humphries. They were reportedly spotted together last night dining at New York City's Nobu Japanese restaurant.

  • Nets beat writer Al Iannazzone of The Record tweeted, "Vince Carter was asked if he would recommend playing in Jersey to another player: "Yeah," VC said. "Why not?"

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