The Brooklyn Nets turned around their season with a victory in Oklahoma City Jan. 2. The Thunder will be out or payback Friday night at Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
CAN KD BE STOPPED? The Nets (20-23) contained Kevin Durant fairly well in the previous meeting between the two teams, holding him to 24 points in 34 minutes. Durant was in foul trouble for much of the night. He is currently on a ridiculous hot streak, however, averaging 38 points on 54.4 percent shooting in his last 12 games. It’s going to be another tough task for guys like Shaun Livingston, Andrei Kirilenko (if he plays) and Alan Anderson. Kirilenko (calf) is a game-time decision. He was seen shooting in the morning, and the Nets are definitely going to need him.
ALL-STAR JOE: Joe Johnson will play his first game since being named a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. Johnson beat the Thunder with a buzzer-beater in that Jan. 2 game, one of two buzzer-beaters he’s hit this season.
D-WILL STILL OFF THE PINE? Nets coach Jason Kidd has said Deron Williams will
probably come off the bench for a sixth straight game. Kidd has also said Williams will eventually move back into the starting lineup, but for now, it appears, things will stay the same way.