WHAT: The Nets are looking to turn things around against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSOK; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Thunder sit third in a bizarre Western Conference, one spot above the Warriors and one behind the Clippers. Wild. The Thunder are not one of the teams I really trust to keep this level of production going all season, but it’s likely they end up in one of the top five playoff seeds regardless. They’re good, but I’m not sure if they’re on the top level yet. Beating them won’t be easy.
The Thunder defense is going to be an issue for the Nets. They’re relentless, leading the league in a bevy of categories of which I’ll name a few: Defensive Rating, Steals, Opponent FG% (tied with Boston), and Opponent Turnovers. For a young Nets team struggling to get anything going right now, this is just not what you want to see on the schedule right now, even at home in Brooklyn.
D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie are also going to have their hands full with Russell Westbrook. While I’ve never been a big fan of his game and think his one-man show is something that just absolutely cannot, has not and will not work in the playoffs, Still, I’m sure he’s salivating at this matchup with the Nets. It’s not that the Nets are bad defensively, but their whole scheme is sort of designed to take away three point attempts (leading the league in limiting opponent three point attempts and makes) and Westbrook is downright awful at shooting. The worst high volume shooter in the league. He’s likely going to attack the rim and draw fouls all night long ... plus somehow end up with 10 assists and 13 rebounds. If he does that again Tuesday —record a triple double— he will surpass Jason Kidd on the all-time list with 108.
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