After getting bum-rushed in their first two road games in Cleveland and Orlando, the Brooklyn Nets better understand that they face the same threat tonight going into D.C. to take on the Washington Wizards.
They can’t allow the 1-3 record to fool them. The Wizards no longer have a roster that causes people to burst out laughing after looking at it.
It begins once again with point guard John Wall who is showing why he was deserving of the big payday he just received, averaging 20.3 points and 8.8 assists in the early going. Deron Williams will have his work cut out for him trying to stop one of the league’s quickest, flashiest ball handlers as he’s still getting back into playing shape after missing most of the preseason with an ankle sprain.
Wall’s running mate in the backcourt, Bradley Beal, should be the Nets’ second biggest concern. The lefty’s been good for 15.8 points through four games. Although he’s a shooting guard, Brooklyn would be better served guarding him with Paul Pierce rather than Joe Johnson due to Pierce’s physicality as a defender.
The rebounding force that is Nene also calls the nation’s capital home nowadays, and Brook Lopez needs to do everything he can to limit him on the offensive glass. The same goes for stopping Marcin Gortat. Second chance opportunities cost the Nets a victory in Cleveland and could easily do so once again tonight.
Washington’s other veterans, Trevor Ariza, Al Harrington, Eric Maynor and Martell Webster are capable of putting up points in a hurry, and the Nets must contain them as best as possible.
This is yet another road game the Nets cannot sleepwalk through. If they do, they’ll wake up under the .500 mark once again at 3-4.