BROOK-IN? Brook Lopez once again is telling reporters he feels like he’ll play. Might not be worth much, though. Lopez has missed the last two games due to a re-sprained left ankle. He felt like he could play Monday, too, and didn’t. Lopez is averaging 24 points on 69 percent shooting in his previous three games. The Nets (9-15) would love to have him back, but there’s no point in rushing anything. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
ENCORE: Joe Johnson hit a career-high 10 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 37 points in Monday night’s blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson had eight 3-pointers and 29 points in the third quarter alone. The Nets hit a franchise-record 21 3s as a team and are shooting 52.6 percent from beyond the arc in their last three games. Defensively, they’re giving up just 93.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting while winning four of their last five.
D-WILL VS. J-WALL: Deron Williams-John Wall will be a fun point guard matchup. Williams is 3-4 in his career against Wall. Williams has obviously playing a lot better of late, averaging 18.8 points and 8.3 assists on 56.5 percent shooting in his last four games. Wall leads the Wizards (10-13) in scoring (19.5 ppg) and dishing (9.3 apg).