NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 18th
(All times eastern)
Brooklyn Nets (5-2) at Sacramento Kings (2-7), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Brooklyn Nets embark on a three-game California trip,
starting Sunday with a battle against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train
The Nets have been on fire since a 30-point embarrassing loss to the Miami
Heat. They've won four straight, capped by a 102-97 victory over the Boston
Celtics on Thursday night.
Deron Williams was great in the win, picking up 24 points and eight assists,
but center Brook Lopez had an awesome night from the floor. He shot 11-for-14
for 24 points.
"It's a lot of fun to be out there playing with the guys," said Lopez. "We've
had three or four great victories in a row now. We keep continuing to improve
every game. I think the sky's the limit for us."
During this four-game winning streak, Brooklyn has averaged 101.25 ppg and has
held the opposition to an average of 85 ppg. That production, especially on
the defensive end, pushed the Nets to seventh in the NBA in opponents'
And, this run has occurred without starting small forward Gerald Wallace, who
is still questionable with a sprained left ankle.
The Kings, on the other hand, are losers of four straight, three of which came
Sacramento is near the bottom of the league in scoring and holding the other
team. They are third in steals and fourth in forcing turnovers, but those
numbers didn't matter much Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Three Hawks
scored 20 points or more and Sacramento fell, 112-96.
The big men played well on Friday. Jason Thompson had a double-double with 19
points and 10 rebounds and center DeMarcus Cousins, who returned from a two-
game suspension, grabbed 16 boards.
The Kings have lost players to suspension, personal reasons and injury.
"With everything that's taken place with our team, I have no fault with them.
I'm only going to look at myself," said head coach Keith Smart. "We will find
a way. The whole thing for me is to get this team to play good basketball with
a winning spirit."
The Kings play seven of their next nine at home.
The Nets have won five of the last seven against the Kings, but have dropped
11 of their last 13 in Sacramento.
11/18 10:40:06 ET