John Wall, Deron Williams

The Nets and Wizards go head to head tonight. (AP)

The 9-15 Brooklyn Nets will try to protect home court against the 10-13 Washington Wizards tonight. Here's our key matchup of the game.
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Jason Kidd, Tom Washington

Jason Kidd & the Brooklyn Nets are in Washington taking on the Wizards tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets are in Washington tonight to take on the Washington Wizards, who have lost three of their first four games. The Wizards are led by John Wall, but have a solid overall starting five, boasting sophomore Bradley Beal and veterans Trevor Ariza, Nene, and Marcin Gortat. The Nets and Wizards are historically intertwined for reasons I rambled about this morning.

The Nets can expect a healthy dosage of boos for one of their bench players, Andray Blatche, who, uh, Wizards fans don't like very much.

When & Where: 7 P.M. EST, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS 880 AM

Injury report: Nets forward Paul Pierce is a game-time decision after missing shootaround with an illness. He's officially listed in the starting lineup. Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor aren't injured, but they've been sent to Springfield to go through training camp with the team's D-League affiliate, Springfield Armor. That means the Nets may only dress 12 tonight.

Our roundtable on tonight's X-Factors below:

1. The X-Factor for the Washington Wizards is…

  • Justin DeFeo: Interior defense. Brook Lopez has been getting more paint buckets than Benjamin Moore, with no sign of slowing down. How the Wizards interior beef deals with that is going to go a long way towards their chances at winning. ... MORE →

 

John Wall, Deron Williams

Divergence. (AP)

Most would agree that the beginning of the "new Nets" era -- not necessarily the Brooklyn Nets, but the origin of this team's formation -- came on February 23rd, 2011, when the team acquired Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two future first-round draft picks. True, the acquisition of Williams was the first domino that led to Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and eventually Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

But assembling the Brooklyn Nets goes a little further back, and true to form, the first domino that allowed this entire team's construction fell months earlier, in perfectly random fashion, and it's got everything to do with tonight's matchup.
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The 35-26 Brooklyn Nets have split the first two games against the 19-40 Washington Wizards, winning an overtime game in Brooklyn and losing a laugher in Washington that Billy King was able to witness firsthand. The series returns to Brooklyn tonight, and in honor of the final matchup of the season between these two teams, here's three things I think you guys should pay close attention to.... MORE →

 

Deron Williams

The 17-15 Brooklyn Nets travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the 4-26 Washington Wizards at 7:00 P.M. EST tonight. As you might be able to tell from their record, the Wizards might be their biggest mess ever, and they haven't won more than 26 games in five years. The Wizards started the season 0-12, have been without John Wall all season (and Nene for most of it), and rank dead last in the NBA offensively.

So no, they're not very good, and if we've learned anything this season, it's that the Nets can usually somehow slog their way to victory against bad teams.

Joining us at The Brooklyn Game to talk about tonight's matchup is Wizards expert and founder/showrunner at Truth About It, ESPN TrueHoop Washington Wizards affiliate and one of the most comprehensive team websites there is.

Onward!

Kyle Weidie on the Washington Wizards

 
Devin: The Wizards are 4-26, have the worst offense in the NBA by a substantial margin. Tell me why you have hope.

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