Game 8: Brooklyn Nets at Phoenix Suns

The Nets will try to get back on the winning track against the Suns on Friday night. AP Photo.

The Nets will try to get back on the winning track against the Suns on Friday night. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets (2-5)
Paul Pierce, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C
Joe Johnson, G
Deron Williams, G

Phoenix Suns (5-3)
P.J. Tucker, F
Channing Frye, F
Miles Plumlee, C
Goran Dragic, G
Eric Bledsoe, G

Time/TV/Radio: 9:00 p.m., YES Network, WCBS 880 AM

KIRILENKO STILL OUT: Andrei Kirilenko did not make the trip out west with the Nets as his back spasms are still bothering him. He’s also expected to miss Saturday’s game as well.

OLD MAN KG: Kevin Garnett recently moved into fifth place of the NBA’s all-time minutes played list at 47,955 minutes. That’s more than the Suns’ entire team which has played a combined 38,403 minutes in their careers.

TROUBLE WITH THE THIRD: Once again this season, the Nets have struggled in the third quarter and it has kind of set the tone for their wins/loss record as they are 2-0 when they “win” the third and 0-5 when they are outscored.

BACK-TO-BACK: The Nets play the Suns tonight and the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow. That’s the second set of back-to-backs that they have played this season. Jason Kidd said he would sit KG during back-to-backs, KG wasn’t on board with that plan, but so far J-Kidd hasn’t gone through with it as KG played in both games last time. He was, however, incredibly ineffective during those two games so let’s see how he responds tonight.

BROTHER VS BROTHER: Mason Plumlee will go up against his brother Miles Plumlee tonight. It is their first ever meeting at the NBA level (they were on the same team at Duke University for three years). Miles was drafted 26th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft and Mason was picked 22nd overall in the 2013 draft by the Nets.

26 MORE: Brook Lopez currently sits in 10th place on the Nets all-time scoring list with 5,943 points and will pass Otis Birdsong for ninth place if he scores 26 tonight.

SUNS INJURIES: Emeka Okafor is out with a herniated disc in his back and Alex Len is out with a sore left ankle.

UPDATE: Just 4:40 into the game, Deron Williams backed into Andray Blatche and suffered a sprained ankle. D-Will hopped off the court and will sit out the rest of the game. X-rays were negative.