The Thunder, coming off the overtime win in Chicago, are traveling to New Jersey tonight to take on the Nets. This game will have some special meaning for Nenad Krstic, who makes his first return to the Izod Center, since playing in a New Jersey Nets uniform. If we were Nenad, we'd definitely hold a grudge against the Nets being as they decided not to match the offer sheet Krstic signed with the Thunder, essentially saying either they didn't want him, or he wasn't worth the money. Either way, we're hoping Krstic comes out tonight and plays with a hunger for vengeance against his former team.
The Nets come into the game with a near .500 record, at 18-19, and over their last ten games, have continued that trend going 5-5. But when you look at the Nets last 3 home games, the Nets are 3-0, but over their last 6 home games, they are 3-3. So its pretty safe to say the Nets like keeping things at an even keel this season, which if you are superstitious and a Thunderfan, may not turn out to be a good thing, as they are 1 win under .500 for the season. Of course all that stuff is bunk when the get on the court and play the game, and a much improved Thunder team is looking once again to connect back to back wins and start their first winning streak of the year.
The key to the game tonight is going to be containing Devin Harris and Vinsanity, and also keeping Brook Lopez off the boards. If they can do those three things, the Thunder will put themselves in an excellent position to win tonight on the road in back to back games for the first time all season. That's easier said than done of course when you consider both Harris and Carter score more than 22 PPG, and Lopez averages a solid 8 RPG to go with 10PPG.