As the Brooklyn Nets continue their cross-country trip with a stop in the desert on Friday night, they’ll encounter yet another rebuilding team in the Phoenix Suns that has the potential to wipe the floor with them the way the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic already have this season.
Throw their youth and lack of experience right out the window. Phoenix (5-3) possesses a number of outstanding athletes with assets such as Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, Gerald Green and the Morris twins making this a very uncomfortable matchup for the Nets despite having greater overall talent once again.
Pace will be an enormous difference maker in this matchup. In order for Brooklyn to pick up their first road win of the season they will have to slow down the tempo on both ends or the Suns will run them out of the gym the way the Kings did on Wednesday night.
Although the Nets have to win a road game at some point this season – though that seems like wishful thinking at this point – I don’t envision this being the night they capture that elusive first victory away from the Barclays Center. Tweaking his ankle against the Kings will only make it even more difficult for Deron Williams to keep the lightning quick Bledsoe in front of him, which will allow Bledsoe to speed up the overall pace of the game and have a big night as both a scorer and distributor.
Throw in the fact that the Nets still haven’t figured out how to move the ball as effectively on the road as they do at home, and you have the Suns dropping the Nets to 2-6.
And Jason Kidd’s headache will continue into Saturday.