The Brooklyn Nets are 1-0 in the P.J. Carlesimo era. They’ll try to make it 2-0 under their interim head coach when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at Barclays Center (7:30 p.m.). Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
KEEP IT UP: The Nets (15-14) are just 4-10 in December, but have a chance to put together a winning streak if they can beat the Cavaliers (7-24). They easily beat up on the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Under Carlesimo, their offense looked much more fluid, and they were taking advantage of their talent in the half-court. Brook Lopez led the way with 26 points, tying his season high with 11 rebounds, and looked very much like the dominant center he was before missing seven games due to a sprained right foot. It is unknown if the Nets will have Kris Humphries (abdominal) in the lineup. The last time these two teams met on Nov. 13, the Nets scored a 114-101 victory.
BATTLE OF THE POINT GUARDS: Deron Williams is coming off a strong 19-point performance on Friday night, and appears rejuvenated now that Avery Johnson is gone. When looking at the top one-guards in the NBA, Kyrie Irving has arguably surpassed D-Will, and is averaging a team-high 23.2 points per game. This matchup is going to be fun to watch.
LUCKY FOR YOU: Anderson Varejao, who torched the Nets for a career-high 35 points and 18 rebounds, will miss his sixth straight game due to a bruised right knee.