HOW’S D-WILL? Deron Williams received his third set of cortisone shots in both of his ankles this season on Thursday. How will he play? How long can he play? He’s looked good in two games since the All-Star break, averaging 21.0 points and 8.5 assists in 38.9 minutes. D-Will always enjoys going up against ex-New York Knick Jeremy Lin too.
GETTING REVENGE? The Rockets beat the Nets 119-106 in Houston on Jan. 26. They killed Brooklyn in transition and in the paint. The Nets are going to look to play a grind-it-out half-court game against the Rockets. In its last four games, Brooklyn (33-22) has averaged 104.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Houston averages 106.4.