A good month ended on a good note. The Brooklyn Nets ended their season long eight game road trip with an impressive 104-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. The Nets went 3-5 on the road trip, but that's it could have been worse considering that they lost the first three games. The bottom of the East is pretty jam packed. The teams from seventh to twelfth (Miami, Indiana, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Boston, and Detroit) are only separated by 2.5 games in the standings. This is the first night of a five game homestand for Brooklyn. They'll be facing Charlotte, Phoenix, Utah, and New Orleans after this.
Joining the Nets in the Barclays Center will be the team with the best record in the Association. This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors. They came back from a 26 point deficit to win in Boston on Sunday night. This the tenth road game out of their last eleven and after this, G-State goes home for a while. They've got a 4.5 game lead on Memphis for the top seed in the Western Conference standings. And for those of y'all looking ahead, they are barely ahead of the Atlanta Hawks for best record in the league. They play their second and final regular season game against each other on the 18th. For some reason, Washington and Utah is going to be airing on ESPN during that time period. That needs to get fixed ASAP.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV, WFAN 101.9 FM on the radio. Tip off is after 7:30.
Bojan Bogdanovic came back from the ankle injury on Saturday, so the Nets are all clear on the injury front, other than Mirza Teletovic, who sent us an enticing tweet over the weekend. He's likely to speak with reporters today.
The Dubs are alright.
What's going on? Let's get into it:
Offensive Rebounding Rate
Free Throw Rate
Effective Field Goal Percentage
Opponent's Effective Field Goal Percentage
The Warriors won the first game in November.
Life as a rookie is tough. Markel Brown was on the receiving end of a lousy foul call late against James Harden on Friday, but he still held his own. He left the game on Saturday with an injury but he could have come back in if necessary. Tonight, he gets to chase Klay Thompson all around the court. When you're facing Klay, you're gonna get a workout. Thompson covers around two miles of ground a game, one of the highest in the league. Like a lot of Warriors under Steve Kerr, Thompson is having a career year. He's averaging a career high 22.1 points per game and shooting 44.4 percent from three point range. He's not solely a jump shooting threat, as he can drive and finish well at the basket. He probably won't score 37 points in a single quarter again, but he is more than capable of getting hot and carrying the G-State offense for an extended period.
The Thad Young acquisition has been working really well so far. Young had another good game coming off the bench and saw an increase in his minutes after only playing 16 minutes in Houston. You can make a good argument that Young should be in the starting lineup right now, but it appears that he'll be coming off the bench for the foreseeable future. He should see the court a lot against Draymond Green. When the Warriors go small, he becomes even more important. He can score, is a good rebounder, and is a solid defender. Having Green will do wonders for the Warriors should they play Oklahoma City or New Orleans in the first round.
When you're on a long trip like the Dubs are, it pays to have depth coming off your bench. Over at Golden State of Mind, "Rasput10" took a deep look at David Lee and wrote:
You have a player who has been an allstar twice - once recently - who did not have the luxury of coming to one of the most stacked teams the NBA has ever seen. He's coming off the bench, and he'll tell you he's having the best year of his career. The numbers bear it out. He has NO major flaws as a basketball player - per 538. His numbers have gotten better every year for the last 5 years - if he was 26 with a 5-year average of 16/10/3 you'd be thrilled. (That's not that hard, right? Ask Timmy, Blake, Horford, Pau and DeMarcus, Millsap. Love) David is not their level of player, right? You're looking at the list of guys -including David - who have done it once or more over the last 3 years. It's below David's career average.
Lee only played 7:44 and Green played 43:46 last night. Depending on how things shake out, Lee should see a good amount of time on the court tonight. Same goes for Andre Iguodala. Brook Lopez hasn't been playing well the past couple of games, and with the fast pace G State plays, might not be on the court much.
I'm contractually obligated to show someone getting dunked on. Sorry Andrew...
Player to watch: Stephen Curry
Curry has steadily improved each season and is one of the contenders to win the MVP award this season. Curry is averaging 23.9 points and 7.8 in 33 minutes a night. (the beauty of blowing teams out every night) More impressively, he's close to having a 50/40/90 season. One of the knocks against Curry early in his career was that he was injury prone. That criticism is muted these days as Curry has played in every game but one this season. Curry is playing incredibly well on offense, but also on the defensive side. He leads the league in steals and the Warriors don't lose a thing when he's on the court.
Deron Williams will face his toughest challenge of the season. He's coming off a terrific game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and making four three pointers. He had been cold from three throughout the month, and if his shot is back, it will help the Nets secure the eighth seed. Here, he'll have his hands full. Curry has a quick release so Williams can't afford to be late contesting his shot. He can also get to the rim so playing tight on him is a bit of a risk. Deron has the size advantage on Curry, so he might venture down into the post on occasion.
From the Vault
Last Friday marked two years since Curry lit up the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Take a trip back to 2013 and watch Curry work.
More reading: Golden State Of Mind
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklyn Nets
- Golden State Warriors Game Notes - Golden State Warriors
- Nets - Warriors Preview - Alan Ferguson - STATS LLC
- Nets hit home run and hope to make playoff push - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Play for Brooklyn Nets sale goes global - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Signs of hope for Deron Williams - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Brooklyn Nets open homestand against Warriors juggernaut - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
Brook Lopez's Dominant Offensive Rebounding - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Rejuvenated Williams gives Nets different look - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
- Big #Nets win sets the stage for interesting March - Brian Erni - SNY Nets