It’s still October and the Nets aren’t winless. Well that’s a good start. New Jersey looks to capitalize off its momentum after the win over Detroit (and, compared to last year, one win certainly represents momentum for this team) and come back with a strong effort against the Sacramento Kings. A 2-0 start would be a great boost of morale for this young, new team.
Here are a few things to watch for in the game:
- Derrick Favors vs. DeMarcus Cousins: Cousins has continually expressed a thirst to go after the third overall draft pick and Nets power forward (Psst … I think he’s a little bitter that he got drafted later!). While these two players most likely won’t be matched up on each other, and if they are, it won’t be for very long, but it will be interesting to see how they carry themselves on the court and if there’s any indication of hostility. Maybe Favors can draw a reaction from Cousins that illustrates perhaps why the Nets didn’t select him in June.
- The Return of Tyreke Evans: Evans missed the Kings’ season opener on Wednesday while he was serving a one-game suspension, but he’ll make his season debut tonight against the Nets. While the Kings played admirably in the absence of his ball-hogging tendencies, they’ll certainly welcome Evans’ ability to put the ball through the net. Devin Harris will have to be at his best on the defensive end if he hopes to contain ‘Reke.
- Perimeter Play: The Kings’ strength on defense lies in its frontcourt, where Samuel Dalembert and Carl Landry loom. Dalembert is listed as day-to-day on the injury report, so if he doesn’t play, Brook Lopez should have a good game working against his replacement. Still, the Nets are going to need to have success on the perimeter to expose a defensively lacking backcourt. Devin Harris is coming off a 22-point affair and Anthony Morrow and Terrence Williams both had good games Wednesday. If the Nets can find the stroke from outside, they should be able to put up a lot of points.
Consider this your thread for the game. Tip-off should be shortly after 7 PM ET.