Game 5: Brooklyn Nets at the Washington Wizards

The Nets will take on Andray Blatche's former team, the Washington Wizards, on Friday night. AP Photo.

The Nets will take on Andray Blatche’s former team, the Washington Wizards, on Friday night. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets (2-2)
Brook Lopez, C
Kevin Garnett, F
Paul Pierce, F
Joe Johnson, G
Deron Williams, G

Washington Wizards (1-3)
Marcin Gortat, C
Nene Hilario, F
Trevor Ariza, F
Bradley Beal, G
John Wall, G

Time/TV/Radio: 7:00 p.m., YES Network, CBS 880

INJURY REPORT: Nets – Paul Pierce, sick (game time); Wizards – Otto Porter, right hip flexor (out), Chris Singleton, left foot fracture (out).

MINUTES RESTRICTIONS: Since the Nets are on the road, I was not able to ask Jason Kidd about certain guys and their minutes restrictions. I think it’s safe to say that Andrei Kirilenko, who hasn’t played more than 12 minutes yet this season, will still be limited. Deron Williams is more up in the air, especially considering Kidd has never really committed to anything one way or another. My guess is that he’ll play about 30 minutes tonight.

WINLESS ON THE ROAD: The Nets are 0-2 on the road so far this season with loses in Cleveland and Orlando. This is a good team to get their first road win against as the Nets have beaten the Wizards in three straight and five of their last six.

KIDD ON THE WIZARDS: “They’re young and very talented, they play well off one another,” Nets head coach Jason Kidd said of the Wizards. “John Wall puts a lot of pressure on a team with his speed so our transition game is something we have to focus on tonight.”

KIDD ON THE NETS OFFENSE: “It’s been a process, we’re looking to get out and attack,” he said. “The big thing last game was our paint touches. We got the ball inside rather than the last game where we sat mostly on the perimeter. That’s something we did right in the last game and tonight we’re looking to continue to do better.”

POUND THE PAINT: The Nets did a great job finding Brook Lopez down low last game and it paid off as Lopez scored 27 and the Nets ran away with the game. The Nets were +32 in that game, but struggled before that as they were -28 in the previous three games.

FAST BREAKS: The Nets also used the fast break effectively against the Jazz. Look for them to do that against the Wizards tonight as they have a poor defensive reputation and could be more prone to this attack.

LIVINGSTON REBOUND MILESTONE: Shaun Livingston is not known for his rebounding, but is just two away from 1,000 during his career.

UPDATE (7:35): The Nets take a 33-27 lead into the second quarter. Brook Lopez set the tone early as he scored 12 points with four rebounds in the first 10 minutes. However, the Wizards finished with a strong three-ball to cut the lead. The Nets have to do a better job guarding the perimeter.

Update (8:06): The Nets take a 58-53 lead into halftime. Brook Lopez slowed down, only slightly, as he finished the half with 18 points in 17 minutes. He did have a monster jam off a nice steal on an in-bound pass by Andrei Kirilenko. The Wizards are still in this game because they are shooting 54 percent behind the arc. Al Harrington is 4-for-4 from downtown with 14 points.

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