Nets, Lakers have a lot in common

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New players. High expectations. Adversity. Coaching changes.

There are a lot of similarities between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, huh?

The Nets (28-19) have played better than the Lakers (22-26), but, as point guard Deron Williams pointed out, both teams are still trying to figure it out.

“It’s a process,” Williams said prior to Tuesday’s matchup at Barclays Center. “I’ve said that at the beginning of the year. It’s no different for them. And they’ve gone through several different changes. It’ll come.”

• If Dwight Howard (shoulder injury) does play, Reggie Evans is looking forward to the challenge of guarding him on the occasional possession.

“He’s probably one of the top two big men in the game,” Evans said, citing Brook Lopez as the other. “And when you’re playing against the best at your position, you always look forward to it.”

Evans is 6-foot-8, smaller than most players at his position. Still, he’s been known to give opposing offensive players fits.

“I’m stronger than a lot of these guys, and I use that to my advantage,” he said.

Evans enjoys watching film and NBA games when the Nets aren’t playing. He says his favorite team to watch is the Chicago Bulls.

“They play tough-nosed defense under Tom Thibodeau,” Evans said. “I like Luol Deng, he plays hard as hell on both ends of the court. I like D. Rose (Derrick Rose), Rip (Richard Hamilton) coming off screens.”