Pregame Open Thread: New Jersey Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Nets enter Sunday trying to find some way to snap their six-game losing streak. Not exactly the best team to face to meet that goal.

Here are a few keys to the matchup with the Lakers:

  • Exploit the Weaknesses: The Los Angeles Lakers have very few weaknesses, but the main one on defense for them is their inability to deal with quick point guards. The Lakers have trouble containing quick guards, as Derek Fisher can’t keep up with them on his old legs, opening up driving lanes and, if the big men help, open jump shots. Devin Harris is a game-time decision, but he essentially exemplifies “quick point guard.” If he plays, look for him to step up on offense and get to the free-throw line a lot.
  • No Easy Looks: The Lakers are hard enough to defeat even when they’re not playing their best. Giving them open looks essentially means throwing the game away. The Nets have to key in on forcing the ball out of the hands of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and force other players to step up instead. Expect hard double teams on Gasol early, and look for the same if Bryant gets the ball in the post against the shorter and weaker Anthony Morrow. Terrence Williams might get an increased work load if Avery Johnson is looking for someone to check Kobe.
  • The Return of the Farmar: Jordan Farmar plays his only former team for the first time this season, and you could bet he has a chip on his shoulder for the lack of playing time he got while he was in L.A. If he’s starting, it wouldn’t be surprising for him to go off. And if there are any big moments toward the end of this game, Farmar will be looking to hit those huge shots.