Feb. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) is double teamed by New Jersey Nets power forward Shelden Williams (33) and point guard Deron Williams (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Nets won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
For the Brooklyn Nets:
Deron Williams had an awesome display against the Houston Rockets last time they met… in the first quarter that is. He seems to have something against Jeremy Lin ever since he got popular against him in that New Jersey Nets game. However, the quick Houston Rockets offense makes it nearly impossible to beat Houston by himself unlike the weaker Eastern Conference of the New York Knicks last year. However, his team has greatly improved since last year and he will definitely turn up his game, especially with Joe Johnson reportedly missing.
Brook Lopez is also going to be a key factor in this game. Though not as powerful as Omer Asik, or speedy as Greg Smith, he definitely has a body build and height that makes it difficult for 2013 defenders to guard against. Greg Smith is going to be careful timing his jumps. Maybe Houston should not have traded Cole Aldrich…
Gerald Wallace will also be a key player in this game. Money is he will guard James Harden who just had a 46 point game against his previous team’s Oklahoma City Thunder as Wallace has been known to guard key players such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
For the Rockets:
Dec. 17, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) and point guard Jeremy Lin (7) on the court against the New York Knicks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
James Harden and Jeremy Lin
Houston’s notorious backcourt scored a combined 75 points against Oklahoma City. Though they probably do not need to defeat the Brooklyn Nets who has averaged around 90 points this month, Houston should be aware as Brooklyn has scored 110+ points the last three games. Even without Joe Johnson, a hungry Deron Williams may make the difference.