The Brooklyn Nets enter their match-up against the Portland Trail Blazers hoping they can get more from their new players Jason Collins and Marcus Thornton. Collins played in his first game right after signing a 10-day contract while Thronton still has not suited up for his new team after being traded a week ago.
Nets fans have to be wondering if they would ever get to see their team at full strength this season, and with Brook Lopez out for the foreseeable future that might be a problem. Thornton should be ready to go tonight after suffering from food poisoning. Collins is trying to get his legs under him after being out of the NBA for quite some time. He cannot continue to be the foul-plagued player who took the floor against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. He needs to be able to back up Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche when called upon, and that will be a problem if he is stuck to the bench due to constant foul trouble.
The Trail Blazers are dealing with injury issues of their as star player LaMarcus Aldridge will be out due to a groin injury. Damian Lillard will have to continue to step up an fill the void in his absence while Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews must play on an All-Star level.
The Nets are 2-2 on their current seven-game road trip and have managed to slide into the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. That is a major accomplishment given the early season hurdles they faced. Tonight’s game will be a statement win for the Nets as they prove they can hang with the NBA’s elite.