NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets will look to push their season-high winning streak to three when they face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
KG/PP VS. DOC: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are expected to face their former coach, Doc Rivers, for the first time. It should be an emotional evening for all three men, who won a championship together with the Boston Celtics in 2007-08. Garnett and Pierce have had their struggles with the Nets (7-14). Meanwhile, L.A. (15-8) has been pretty darn good under Rivers.
D-WILL VS. CP3: Deron Williams and Chris Paul have had their battles over the years. D-Will holds a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matchups. Paul (18.9 ppg, 11.9 apg) is widely considered the best point guard in the NBA, while Williams has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons. Williams (ankles) just returned from a nine-game absence and poured in a season-high 25 points Tuesday night. He looked like an elite floor general. This should be a fun.
PP OFF THE PINE? Pierce came off the bench for just the fourth time in his career Tuesday night. Will Nets coach Jason Kidd continue to do this? Kidd said Wednesday he had not spoken with Pierce about the possibility long-term, but he certainly liked what he saw from Pierce anchoring the second unit. Kidd said it may not be a permanent thing but should work out well as Pierce continues to make his way back from a broken right hand. On the injury front, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry remain out indefinitely.