The Brooklyn Nets are on a 3-game win streak, back at .500, with a record of 8-8, and hitting the road to kick off Thanksgiving week to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night - one night after beating the Knicks at MSG.
Still no Kyrie Irving for the Nets, who remains out with a shoulder injury, while Kevin Love is a little banged up for the Cavs.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (8-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-11)
WHEN: 7:00 PM EST
WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio)
As the Cavs (5-11) continue to rebuild, their youngsters will take center stage. Darius Garland and Collin Sexton are the backcourt duo and as you would expect from young guards, it’s been a difficult transition to the pro level. Even with those struggles, the duo has a ton of potential and should continue to grow as the season progresses.
Spencer Dinwiddie has really stepped it up with Irving and Levert out and has been Brooklyn’s go to player when they need to cook up something good. When the reinforcements return and Dinwiddie returns to the second unit, he should bolster a unit that has had its troubles this season. In the meantime, look for Dinwiddie to go for 20+ again tonight.
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From the Cavs perspective, they need to find ways to create offense that doesn’t involve Tristan Thompson as a post scorer. He’s done a pretty good job, but it’s just not what you want to see. Darius Garland and Collin Sexton need to a better job distributing instead of just dumping it into the post. Cedi Osman did a nice job of this in the second half against the Blazers. While the team was bailed out by instant offense from Jordan Clarkson, it’s hard to bank on that sort of efficiency continuing.