But if Brooklyn wants to keep these good times rolling, it will all depend on their ability to contain John Wall, Bradley Beal and Martell Webster.
With the abundance of quality point guards flooding the league these days, Wall has quietly flown under the radar. The fourth-year guard is averaging 19.5 points and 9.3 assists per game this season. Numbers of this caliber would easily thrust him into the elite category if he played for a team that had more talent surrounding him.
Beal is just as underrated by those who dismiss the seventh-seeded Wizards as nothing but bottom feeders in an Eastern Conference with only three winning teams in mid-December. In only his second season, Beal has been good for 20.6 points a night. His ability to take and make big shots – a trait he displayed in a late victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night – is remarkable at only 20 years of age.
And although he comes off the bench player, Webster can score in bunches. Just ask the Knicks again, who saw him score 30 points in 36 minutes earlier in the week. That sort of scoring would likely leave the Nets in huge trouble.
Washington does have other respectable pieces, including Marcin Gortat and Eric Maynor, but given the new confidence the Nets have been playing with on both ends recently, they won’t allow these guys to give them major issues. That’s why the outcome of this game will be determined on whether or not they’ll be able to keep the likes of Wall, Beal and Webster relatively in check.