Before we get to the lineups, it was announced today that Brook Lopez was named to the Rookie/Sophmore game. No real surprise there, but he was the only one. Remember when we were talking about the Nets maybe having 4 guys compete in that game?
Some health stuff before we get to the lineups. Devin is out with the wrist we all know that, but Courtney Lee is out with some wisdom tooth trouble and CDR is questionable with a stomach virus. So the Nets are hurting again…now, onto the lineups.
Keyon Dooling vs. Baron Davis
This is another bigger guy that Keyon Dooling seems better than fit than Devin Harris to play against, just like Deron Williams on Saturday. Deron only had 4 points and 8 assists. I think Baron will be able to do a little bit better than that, but it is good to see our “defensive PG” starting today.
Advantage: Baron Davis
Terrence Williams vs. Eric Gordon
Courtney Lee is out, so I expect to see Terrence Williams locking down the starting spot today (though we could see CDR at the 2 and Jarvis at the 3). Terrence has been playing meaningful minutes as of late, and he has been taking advantage of them. I just hope a starting spot doesn’t bring back the Terrence of old.
Advantage: Eric Gordon
Chris Douglas-Roberts vs. Rasual Butler
CDR and Rasul Butler are similar body types but not they do not have the same playing style. Butler is a defensive stopper who is a very effective shooter from the outside. Chris Douglas-Roberts isn’t the best defender in the world, and he doesn’t usually settle for jumpers. He likes to attack the dribble and draw fouls. It is going to be fun to watch these two guys go at it.
Yi vs. Marcus Camby
Yi vs. Camby is another interesting clash of styles. Camby is a force on the inside, while Yi likes to float around on the outside and attack the basket. You could be seeing a lot of jumpers from Yi today because Camby probably isn’t going to follow him on the outside unless he starts hitting some jumpers.
Brook Lopez vs. Chris Kaman
We didn’t speak about Chris Kaman before the last game because we thought he wasn’t going to play. But Chris Kaman is really good, and he deserves to be an all-star this year. He leads all centers in scoring and what really makes him tough is that he can pull out his defender 15-20 feet and knock down the jumper consistently. You know how Brook hits that jumper every once in a while? Well, when Kaman does it, he knocks it down just about every time. Brook had a good game against the Clippers though, so this is going to be real fun to watch.