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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Nets-Knicks to clash Wednesday on ESPN

By Mike Mazzeo

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets will take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday night in a nationally televised game which will air on ESPN.

"This is our biggest game of the season," Sasha Vujacic said. "So we have to come in with the right mentality."

The game will be billed as a clash between the Hudson River rivals. And everyone hopes, a clash between Carmelo Anthony, the superstar who everyone thought would become a Net and Deron Williams, the superstar who did become a Net. Williams (right wrist) remains day-to-day, but could play on Wednesday night.

The Nets have already been eliminated from the playoffs. Still, they'd like to win this one for pride's sake. New Jersey is 0-2 against New York this season. The last time the two foes met on Feb. 12, Knicks fans took over the Prudential Center and came away with a 105-95 victory. The Nets and Knicks will meet again at the Rock on Apr. 8.

"All that talk is more for media, but for us, it's just competing," Kris Humphries said. "It's a situation where we kind of have a lot of the same fan base and stuff like that, so I see there is kind of a rivalry in that sense, but at the end of the day it's about competing. We're just going out there and trying to win whether we're playing in the playoffs or not or whatever the case is, you play to win. That's what we're trying to do."