Jordan Farmar will get his ring on Friday night, his second. Hopefully, the Nets won't get their bell rung. The Lakers have won seven straight (and seven straight against the Nets). After the Lakers looked lost vs. Milwaukee, Miami and San Antonio at year's end, they have taken off, culminating in a 55-point win over the Cavaliers two nights ago.
Since that skid, the Lakers are putting up 103.8 per game and shooting 49.5 percent while winning eight of nine. They have allowed 91.0 points per game over that span. And Kobe Bryant is back as well. He has 39 points vs. the Warriors 17 in the final 5:49 to highlight the Lakers' 46-point fourth quarter.
For the Nets, it's close to hitting rock bottom, the dark before the dawn. With trade rumors once again reaching fever pitch, the potential for distraction has to be at an all-time high. If the trade goes through as reported, eight players might be boarding flights not bound for New Jersey at the end of the team's road trip Monday. It will be the first time Farmar and Sasha Vujacic will play against the Lakers after four and seven years with the perennial champs.
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- Nets' ex-Lakers Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, looking forward playing against former team - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Sasha Vujacic's game has grown in the Garden State - Mike Bresnahan - Los Angeles Times
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