Nets (3-11, 1-8 road) vs. Thunder (9-6, 6-3 home), 7PM CST at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Offensive Rating*: Thunder 110.6 (3rd), Nets 100.3 (28th)
Defensive Rating*: Thunder 104.9 (18th), Nets 108.3 (25th)
Simple Rating System**: Thunder 4.72 (6th), Nets -7.52 (27th)
* an estimate of points scored or allowed per 100 possessions
** team rating that takes into account average point differential and strength of schedule. Zero is league average.
The Nets stumble into Oklahoma City with a 3-4 record in their last 7 games after an 0-7 start to the season. Despite being at or near the bottom in many statistical categories, the Nets have actually done two things the Thunder has not been able to do this season: win at Houston and beat Boston. They also come into the Oklahoma City having won the previous four contests against the Thunder in the ‘Peake.
With Kevin Durant back and (perhaps) a more inspired attitude on the defensive end, the Nets should have their work cut out for them. In their past 7 games, the Nets are surrendering 105.9 point per game and allowing opponents to shoot 46% from the field. The Thunder has not had much trouble scoring this season. All signs point to the Thunder taking in a victory tonight if they go about their business as usual.
Non-Obvious Player to Watch, Brooklyn: Guard Jerrett Jack has bounced around the NBA but has performed well for the Nets this season, averaging 15.0 points and a career-best 7.1 assists per game. The name is not unfamiliar to Oklahoma State fans, who will remember him as part of the 2004 Georgia Tech squad that defeated the Cowboys in the 2004 Final Four.
Non-Obvious Player to Watch, OKC: Paging Anthony Morrow. The reserve swingman may have rediscovered his stroke and should get many open looks against the Nets, who are 4th worst in the league in opponent 3-point percentage, allowing .378 on the season.
Random Fun Thing: Earlier this year we were enamored with the possibility of the Thunder trading for Nets big man Brook Lopez. While Lopez could have been an excellent addition, he also would have been an unrestricted free agent over the summer and more costly to re-sign than Enes Kanter.
Pregame coverage: David Garrett, John Rohde, and Desmond Mason get you prepared starting at 6PM live from Flint Restaurant at the Colcord Hotel, one block north of the arena..
Postgame coverage: Jerry Ramsey and Erik Gee get the call tonight immediately following the game, also live from Flint.