It only took the Nets 61 games to earn their first win over an Atlantic Division rival this season, but they had to play overseas to make it happen. Deron Williams got most of the credit for his first win in four games as a Net but Kris Humphries had a monster performance against his former team, finishing with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Those of you who have been reading me for years know I was always a fan of his game.
There’s not much to say about this matchup I didn’t already write yesterday, but visit this blog tomorrow when I should have an on-scene report of the NBA/UK experience from somebody who attended both games.
Toronto: Reggie Evans is out, Joey Dorsey is questionable.
New Jersey: Anthony Morrow is out with a head injury and Quinton Ross is out with a bad back.
1. How many Raptors will have their ankles taped up today because Deron Williams broke them yesterday?
2. How is it possible for two seven-footers (Brook Lopez and Andrea Bargnani) to play a combined 76 minutes and only grab a total of five rebounds, like they did on Friday?
3. When Kris Humphries is a free agent after this season, do you think potential suitors will consider the effect of playing next to Lopez on Hump’s rebounding numbers?
4. Who’s the best soccer player on each team? I’m guessing Leandro Barbosa on the Raptors and Sasha Vujacic on the Nets.
5. Since Chris Paul has been struggling lately and Raptors fans have watched both him and Deron Williams recently, is the debate about which point guard is better over?
Start time: 3:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
New Jersey: Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow, Damion James, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez
Today’s pregame song is “Fit But You Know It” by The Streets. Using “fit” to describe a beautiful woman is something I wish would catch on over here. We can thank The Basketball Jones for helping to integrate “wanker” into our vocabulary.