The Golden State Warriors have won 10 games in a row. But it’s 2014, and Jason Kidd probably won’t be wearing a tie. So, despite not having Deron Williams, you gotta figure the Brooklyn Nets, who have won three straight games of their own, have a chance, right? We’ll find out Wednesday night, when the two teams square off at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
OVERCOMING INJURY: Brook Lopez is already out. And now, so too is Williams -- again. Williams had the cortisone/PRP combo in both ankles Monday, and will miss his 13th game of the year. Williams also missed Monday night’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson will have to step up in the backcourt, while Brooklyn (13-21) will need another strong effort from “Joe Jesus” Johnson (23 points on Monday).
And how about Mirza Teletovic? The sharpshooting stretch forward is averaging 13.3 points on 47.7 percent from 3-point range in his past seven games. He took minutes from Hall of Famer Paul Pierce down the stretch Monday. Andray Blatche did not play in the fourth quarter. Perhaps he’ll have a bounce-back effort.
The Nets are 3-0 since Coach Kidd ditched his tie and the calendar turned over. So at least they have that going for them. Plus, their defense has picked it up, and they had a good third quarter Monday. Not many people are going to give them a chance, but who knows. Any given Wednesday?
THE WARRIORS: Golden State (24-13) is seeking its 11th straight win, which would equal a franchise record (1971-72). During their run, Stephen Curry is shooting just 38.1 percent, but he’s also averaging 18.6 points and 10 assists. Mark Jackson, former Knicks player and YES Network broadcaster, is doing a fantastic job coaching this team. The Warriors are dynamic, and might just be the greatest threat to the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference.
Good tidbit from STATS LLC that we’ve driven home in the past: the Nets are 0-16 when allowing more than 100 points. The Warriors have reached that mark in 12 of the past 14 games.