Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets Preview
Wizards 4-4 vs Nets 2-6
When: Friday, November 4th, at 7:00p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: YES Network, NBC Sports Washington
Radio: WFAN-FM/ WTEM
Wizards: Delon Wright (Out, Right Hamstring Strain)
Nets: Kyrie Irving (Out, Suspension), Ben Simmons (Out, Left Knee Soreness), Seth Curry (Questionable, Left Ankle), T.J. Warren (Out, Left Foot)
Keep an eye on:
Kevin Durant: is the obvious. One of the top players in the game, coming home and the Nets are wounded with key players being out in Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and possibly Seth Curry, I expect Kevin Durant to be on a mission for a Nets team that need wins. Durant comes in averaging 32.5 points (3rd in the NBA), 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2 blocks (8th in the NBA) and 1 steals on 52.8 percent shooting from the field, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 93.8 percent from the line. All around threat. Wizards can't afford to have a lethargic defensive performance or KD is fully capable of winning the game.
One-Two Punch: of Brad Beal and Kristaps Porzingis is starting to round into shape. Both Beal and Porzingis are figuring out more and more how to not only play off each other, but when to pick their spots to be aggressive. The best showing of this came in the Wizards win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. The duo combined for 59 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists on 20-30 shooting from the field. They scored consistently, efficiently and controlled momentum for most of the game. Continuing to build on this performance is KEY for the future success for Washington especially with the heavy hitters on the schedule over the next few weeks.
Brooklyn Rim Protection: is underrated due to them not being the biggest of teams. They're tops in the league in blocks, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. They may not be the biggest as far as clogging the lane, but they have agile bigs that won't hesitate to contest shots in the paint. Nic Claxton and Kevin Durant are 6'11 and 6'10 respectively, they both have guard quickness, leaping ability and length and both are averaging 2 blocks per game. 6'11 reserve center Day'Ron Sharpe is averaging a block per game as well. Washington obviously will attack the basket, however, they have to be aware of the rotations from the Nets front court and look to finish strong or it will be sent back the other way and potential point black scoring opportunities, that are hard to come by, are gone, which puts more pressure on them to knock down perimeter shots.