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Game 46 - Nets vs. Hornets - Saturday, March 17, 8:00

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For the first time since Richard Jefferson was traded to the Bucks nearly four years ago, the Nets have a top-flight small forward (and maybe two!). Saturday is Gerald Wallace's opening act for the Nets.

Forget Bobby Simmons, Jarvis Hayes, Trenton Hassell, Terrence Williams, Stephen Graham, Travis Outlaw, or this year's cursed trio of Shawne Williams, Damion James and Keith Bogans, not to mention D-Leaguers Andre Emmett and Larry Owens. Put aside for a moment the questions of how the Nets got him. "Crash" Wallace can play. And so can Gerald Green.

Also, Saturday marks the return of Deron Williams and possibly Jordan Farmar. It also gives Marshon Brooks and Kris Humphries a shot at redeeming themselves after subpar performances on Friday night.

The Hornets come into Newark on another tough streak. The winners of only 10 games, they've lost three straight to the Bobcats, Lakers and Wizards. They're missing Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry, Jason Smith, Eric Gordon and of course Chris Paul. Chris Kaman may or may not be bought out and the team may or may not have a new owner soon.