NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks shoots over Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Friday's meeting with the Knicks means nothing to the Nets when it comes to the standings or draft picks, but it actually means a lot when it comes to the all-time head-to-head matchup.
With their win at Madison Square Garden last week, the Knicks took a one-game edge, 82-81, in the all-time series. And if they win Friday, the Knicks will have swept the Nets in the season series for the first time since 1998-99 (3-0), and for the first time in a non-lockout-shortened season since 1990-91. The Nets have swept the season series twice (2001-02 and 2006-07) since then.
The Nets are expected to provide an update on Deron Williams' status Friday morning. The same goes for Kris Humphries, Damion James and Anthony Morrow. The Knicks, who have won five straight games, might be without Amar'e Stoudemire (sprained ankle) and/or Chauncey Billups (thigh contusion), who suffered injuries in Wednesday's win in Philadelphia.
New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks Game Notes - New York Knicks
Getting Inside - New Jersey Nets - Sports Xchange
Getting Inside - New York Knicks - Sports Xchange
Knicks-Nets Preview - Brett Huston - STATS
Knicks give Nets their last shot at redemption this season - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Cal to the bullpen - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
Nets can expect boo-dacious fans - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Melo's living in 3-point zone - Marc Berman - New York Post
It's Deron as Brooklyn Bridge - Ebenezer Samuel - New York Daily News
'Melo's a three-spirit - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
Nets hope to silence Knicks and their fans - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
Knicks banking on Toney Douglas for playoffs - Steve Adamek - The Record
Melo becoming dangerous from downtown - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday