|2013-2014 NBA Season|
|January 31st, 2014|
|The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City, New York|
|7:00 PM Central Standard Time|
|TV: Entertainment Sports Programming Network, Fox Sports Network Oklahoma, The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network|
|Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM/640 AM), WFAN 660 AM 101.9 FM|
|Injury Report: Russell Westbrook (Out), Andrei Kirilenko (Questionable), Brook Lopez (Out)|
|Previous Matchups: Jan 2nd (Nets Lead Season Series 1-0)|
|Reggie Jackson||PG||Shaun Livingston|
|Thabo Sefolosha||SG||Alan Anderson|
|Kevin Durant||SF||Joe Johnson|
|Serge Ibaka||PF||Paul Pierce|
|Kendrick Perkins||C||Kevin Garnett|
|2013/14 Advanced Stats|
|98.0 (7th)||Pace||93.6 (27th)|
|107.6 (5th)||ORtg||103.1 (17th)|
|98.8 (3rd)||DRtg||105.1 (20th)|
Okay so I'm late to the game on this preview, and I'm fresh out of ideas on how to make it fresh. So I'm just going to post a few quick thoughts I have about the game below.
- The Nets finally have an identity. They're a small team, but they don't like to run and gun. Instead, they like to grind it out with their opponent, using their small size to get mismatches offensively and doing their best to force turnovers defensively.
- Since January 1st, the Nets are 11-2, with impressive wins over Dallas, Miami, Golden State, and Oklahoma City.
- Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic, and Alan Anderson are all experiencing career revivals. Their success is up and down, but they've performed more consistently than some of the big names to hit Brooklyn.
- Scott Brooks used some really puzzling lineup choices in the last game, playing Fisher, Sefolosha, and Perkins at the same time.
- When the Thunder played the Nets last, they were experiencing problems getting KD the ball in the right spots during the fourth quarter, and made their offense entirely reliant upon him. Meanwhile, the Thunder resorted to jacking up tons of threes when things got bad.
- The Nets are awesome at spacing the floor on defense, and did a great job of denying Ibaka the ball last time.
- The Nets aren't exactly going to kill the Thunder with speed and positioning like the 76ers, Hawks, and Heat. But moving the ball on offense is still going to be essential, because the Nets will trap you.
- Since the new year, both of the Nets losses have come to Toronto. There's nothing overly remarkable about those games, but the Nets did lose the battle of the offensive glass on both occasions.
- Kevin Durant still needs to continue his streak of 30 point games.
- Check out this article for some info on how Deron Williams is starting to work as an off-guard, and how that role served him extremely well in the Nets game against OKC.
- Joe Johnson and his game winners can simmer down.
Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 99, Brooklyn Nets 95.
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