Brooklyn Nets look to rebound at Golden State Warriors

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Sandwiched between Hollywood and some turkey sandwiches the Nets will play the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night before flying home after the game for Thanksgiving Dinner.

The Nets flew into Oakland early Wednesday morning, after an emotionally draining loss to the Lakers. Immediately following the game, they'll be flying across country so that they'll all be with family (if exhausted) on Thanksgiving morning. Doesn't sound too ideal.

They'll be facing a Warriors squad who at 6-5 (including three of their last four) are mildly surprising. Led by Stephen Curry, who's averaging close to 20 points a game. In Monday's overtime win in Dallas, Curry tallied season-highs of 31 points and nine assists to go with six rebounds while going a perfect 10-of-10 at the line, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He's averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 assists, shooting 40.8 percent from deep.

Also having a big game in Dallas was 6'7" small forward Harrison Barnes, who many thought the Nets would target if they hadn't traded for Gerald Wallace. Barnes scored a career-high 20 points to go with 12 rebounds for his first career 20/10 game and the first 20-point, 10-rebound game by a Warriors rookie since Stephen Curry’s triple-double in 2010.

The rest of the line-up includes Festus Ezeli, a rookie filling in for the injured Andrew Bogut at center. Ezeli is likely to have his hands full with Brook Lopez. Second year shooting guard Klay Thompson is at shooting guard and Nets nemesis David Lee, averaging 15.6 and 11.0, is at power forward. Ex-Net Richard Jefferson, who's been supplanted by Barnes, is doubtful with a calf strain.

The Nets would like to continue their defensive improvement, particularly vs. opponents benches. The Nets held the Laker bench to 10 points at LAL 11/20, the third time in five games the opponent bench has been held to 10 or fewer. This season, Brooklyn’s second unit is outscoring its opponents by 9.1 points per game (31.7 to 22.6). The Nets have held its opponent under 100 points in five of the last six games.

Maybe more importantly, the Nets would like to see Joe Johnson break out of what they hope is nothing more than a slump.

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