The Nets have another "winnable" game against mediocre competition Wednesday night, but considering their frustrating losses to the Hornets and Cavaliers, nothing is guaranteed. The Wizards have been remade over the last week with JaVale McGee sent to Denver for Nene, Nick Young sent to the Clippers for virtually nothing and now, the troublesome Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis shut down, perhaps for the season.
Of course, the Wizards have John Wall, but even he has not been the transformational point guard many expected. He's averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 assists, but also 4.1 turnovers. He still relies on his great speed and quickness, but still doesn't have a reliable jump shot. The 10-win WIzards are at the end of a six-game road, going 1-4 so far. However, Wednesday is expected to be the Wizards debut of Nene who the Nets pursued in free agency.
The Nets on the other hand are coming off those two frustrating losses, the last one leading to Deron Williams leaving the locker room before the media were allowed in. He's since explained his absence. One issue for the Nets is whether Jordan Farmar will return and if he doesn't, will Sundiata Gaines see any minutes. Gaines hasn't played a minute since Jerry Smith was called up from Springfield.
One other thing: after the Wizards game, the Nets have only 10 games left in New Jersey.
New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
- Washington Wizards Game Notes - Washington Wizards
- Getting Inside - New Jersey Nets - Sports Xchange
- Getting Inside - Washington Wizards - Sports Xchange
- Wizards-Nets Preview - Noey Kupchan
- Deron Williams simmers after Nets loss but doesn't let it boil - Mike Vorkunov - Star-Ledger
- Nets' Deron Williams hates sting of losing - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Deron Williams is officially frustrated - Peter Botte - New York Daily News
- Wizards aim to integrate Nene and a more disciplined style, while shutting down Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis - Michael Lee - Washington Post
- Wizards plan to sit Andray Blatche until he gets in better shape - Michael Lee - Washington Post
Andray Blatche will sit out to get in shape - Eric Freeman - Ball Don't Lie