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Brooklyn Nets head to D.C. to take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards

In the first half of a back-to-back, the Nets head down to the nation's capital.

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Coming off a dominant win against the Utah Jazz, the Brooklyn Nets meet up against another team that has struggled so far in the 2013-2014 season. Friday night, they play the Washington Wizards, a team that is expected to improve on their 29-53 record last year.

Here's a quick snapshot of how the two teams have fared so far this year:





2-2 1-3


97.26 100.58

Offensive Efficiency

99.1 103.3

Defensive Efficiency

100.9 105.4

Offensive Rebounding percentage

23 29.4

Turnover rate

15.7 16.8

Assist rate

17.6 18

Rebound rate

69.8 73.3

Free throw rate

34.7 23

Effective Field Goal percentage

48.1 50.4

Opponent Effective Field Goal percentage

47 55.1

It's been a very disappointing start to the year for Washington. Prior to their win on Wednesday against the Sixers, they had lost their first three games to Detroit, Philadelphia, and Miami, all in ugly fashion. How bad was it getting? Here's head coach Randy Wittman after* the Sixers loss:

We’re not OK. We lose games by the way we come out with our intensity. You can’t play this game for 24 minutes. If it was easy to win in this league, everybody would. I’ve got to find out if we’ve got the heart to do what it takes to win. Right now, we’re not showing it. That’s what I’ve got to figure out and try to get from them. We take the easy way out right now.

*Wittman got himself fined $20,000 for cursing during his press conference after the Philadelphia game. It should also be noted that Wittman is considered to be on the hot seat if he doesn't guide his team to the playoffs.

The Wizards are led by their dynamic backcourt duo of John Wall & Bradley Beal. Wall is coming off a spectacular game against the Sixers, hitting a career high five three pointers en route to 24 points and nine assists. With the max extension under his belt and coming off his best stretch of play in the NBA last season, it looks like Wall will fulfill the promise he displayed when he entered the League and has shown on occasion throughout his four year career. As for Beal, he hasn't played as well as expected, but has shot a respectable 39.3 percent from three point range. Umair Khan has more on Beal over at Bullets Forever. New acquisition Marcin Gortat had a bit of a turnover problem and struggled making the adjustment to Washington's schemes, but he's coming off a wonderful game against the Sixers on Wednesday. Nene has been dealing with a calf injury, but gave Washington 29 minutes against Philadelphia.

As for the Nets, Deron Williams has been working his way back from his preseason ankle injury, and by all accounts is still on a minute restriction. He played great against Jamaal Tinsley, but will be facing a much tougher point guard in Wall. Paul Pierce hasn't been shooting much, but he's been hyper efficient early on. He's shooting 55.6 percent overall from the field and a blistering 94.7 percent on about five free throw attempts a night. The matchup against Trevor Ariza should be interesting on both ends of the floor, as Ariza's been doing a good job on offense and still has the reputation of being a good defender. One player I'm very interested in seeing is Andray Blatche. He's been awful so far, although he has been dealing with a left ankle injury. He should be extra motivated as he's going up against his former team, so I'm expecting a decent game out of Blatche.

One question: will Jason Kidd follow through on his plan not to play Kevin Garnett back-to-back. Kidd says KG will play vs. Washington. Does that mean he won't play vs. the Pacers on Saturday? He's not saying.

Matchup to watch: Brook Lopez-Marcin Gortat

After dominating Derrick Favors and the Jazz, Lopez will be dealing with the tandem of Nene and Gortat. They will look to beat up on Lopez on the inside and control the glass.Even as he's making the adjustment to Washington, he's been able to do a great job rebounding, particularly on the offensive glass. He's gonna have to be extra physical in this game in order to slow down Lopez, who has shot the ball well in each game this year (even though he didn't play as well as he could have against Cleveland).

Old school clip:

I wonder how the NBA would look today if the Nets had actually won that Draft Lottery.

The view from the other side: Bullets Forever