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 →