The Brooklyn Nets bring a 23-32 record into Houston tonight, a two game road win streak, and a starting line up that once again includes Deron Williams.
In the last four meetings with the Rockets, Williams is averaging 17.3 ppg, 11.8 apg, and 38.3 mpg. Jason Terry weighed in on the impact Williams has on tonight’s game, “he gives them an added ball handler, an adept scorer, a guy that can get hot on you. He can fill it up. I think he went for 50 one time or another in his career, and so you gotta be on high alert. He’s a guy you don’t want to take lightly. Uh, when he’s healthy, he’s a top five point guard in the league.”
While Williams gives the Nets a boost, Joe Johnson is the calm a steady influence averaging 35.5 minutes and 15.7 points per game. Johnson comes off a double-double in a game versus the Pelicans where he surpassed the 18,000 point mark for his career.
“We respect all of our opponents, but at the end of the day, at this point in the season, it is more about us and how we approach the game. These last three or four games we’ve been all business. We’ve paid attention to detail, and we’ve executed on both ends of the floor. It has to be the same formula tonight, and again, you can’t take anyone lightly, regardless of what their record says. Their professionals, and they’re going to come out looking for the win,” Terry added about tonight’s match up.
Patrick Beverley appeared to be on the mend at Friday’s shoot around and may be available after missing time with flu-like symptoms. James Harden, also listed as questionable, is a game time decision with an ankle injury he suffered Wednesday against the Clippers.
The Rockets versus Clippers tip tonight at 7:00 pm at Toyota Center.
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