For the Los Angeles Clippers, tonight’s game in Brooklyn won’t be any more than a pre-Christmas Day game against a 7-14 team that will be hard to remember some time from now.
But for the Brooklyn Nets, the matchup will be an opportunity to prove to both themselves and the rest of the country that they can still turn things around in grand fashion.
Talk about contrasting viewpoints.
Fortunately for a Nets squad that’s been beaten up both figuratively and literally throughout the first few months of the season, this is an ideal time to meet a 15-8 team. They’re home, they’re riding the most modest of two-game winning streaks and Deron Williams and Paul Pierce provide a major confidence boost after returning to the lineup in Boston Tuesday night and playing well.
And after receiving a blow so heavy from the pathetic New York Knicks last Thursday that it would’ve knocked out even Floyd Mayweather Jr., tonight’s game against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers and company will also provide a shot at redeeming some respectability.
But what Brooklyn is more concerned with is the big picture, and a win tonight against the team with the fourth-best record in the West could definitely inject some of the untouchable swagger that they carried during the offseason back into their system.
Swagger like that will only be a major contributor toward their quest for championship-level play. Just ask the ultra-confident Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers about that.
Meanwhile, another double-digit loss would just be another two steps backward for the Nets. In their mind, they have to come out with a must-win mentality.
Even if that’s the last thing on the Clippers’ minds.