Brooklyn Nets (2-4)
Paul Pierce, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C
Joe Johnson, G
Deron Williams, G
Sacramento Kings (1-5)
John Salmons, F
Patrick Patterson, F
DeMarcus Cousins, C
Marcus Thornton, G
Greivis Vasquez, G
Time/TV/Radio: 10:00 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660/101.9 FM
KIRILENKO OUT: Andrei Kirilenko has already missed two games and will miss at least three more as he has stayed at home while the Nets are out west. He’s had chronic back spasms since the start of training camp and missed most of the preseason.
KG MOVIN UP: Earlier this season, Garnett moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time minutes played list and tonight he will pass Moses Malone for sole possession of 10th place on the NBA’s all-time games played list. After that, he’ll be just six games away from Gary Payton for ninth place.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Deron Williams had a double-double for the first time this year when he finished with 17 points and 10 assists. He had 21 double-doubles last year. With his ankle feeling better, and the Nets new emphasis on ball movement, he should be able to top last year’s total.
THE LITTLE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT: The Nets have lost three games this year by five points or less so it’s the little things that have made a big difference for them this year. Defensively, they need to do a better job finishing possessions and winning the battle in the paint. Offensive rebounds have hurt them as well.
KINGS REPORT: The Kings won their first game of the season against the Denver Nuggets and then have lost their next five. DeMarcus Cousins has been their best player with two 30-point games already. He’s also been a strong rebounder with 21 in the last two games. They do lead the league in turnovers though with 13 per game. Isaiah Thomas has also been dangerous off the bench. A young, small, quick guard, he’s been the type that has given the Nets trouble so far this year. Watch out for him.