Brooklyn has gotten off to a solid 3-1 start on its season-long eight-game road trip and has won seven of its last 10 games overall.
Meanwhile, time is running out for the Trail Blazers, who trail the Los Angeles Lakers by 2.5 games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Johnson Out, Brooks Questionable
The Nets will definitely be without Joe Johnson in tonight’s contest for the second consecutive game.
He suffered a right quad contusion in Saturday’s loss to the Clippers. He had missed four games earlier starting in late February with a sore left heel.
The Nets must be patient with Johnson, since obviously he’ll be a factor in any postseason success this team experience.
MarShon Brooks has been dealing with an illness and is questionable for tonight’s games, but with Johnson out, it’s likely that Brooks sees time in this one.
D-Will Still Rolling
On the first four games of this road trip, Deron Williams has averaged 25.0 points per game.
He’s been on a torrid streak ever since the All-Star break, and he attributes that to his improved health.
Without Johnson again tonight, the responsibility will be placed on D-Will to knock down the big shots like he’s been doing so well recently.
Lillard Could Be Rookie of the Year
Portland rookie guard Damian Lillard looks to be the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year. He’s averaged 19.1 points per game in his rookie campaign.
The Trail Blazers drafted Lillard with the pick the team acquired from the Nets in the trade for Gerald Wallace.
The Nets must contain Lillard tonight like they did in the 98-85 win over Portland on Nov. 25. Lillard managed just 13 points in that game, but he did have seven assists and six rebounds.
The action tips off at 10:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.