What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Nets
November 18, 2013
LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Kevin Garnett
Coming up with just one matchup to watch for when playing against the Brooklyn Nets is difficult, for two reasons.
First, there's no telling who is going to suit up for the Nets in Monday's contest at Barclay's. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez all sat out Brooklyn's last game, a 110-103 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles, and while their official team site lists Garnett, Pierce, Williams and Lopez as probable starters, all four returning to the lineup at the same time seems a bit unlikely.
The second reason is because there are so many great matchups at every position. You've got Damian Lillard lining up against Deron Williams in a matchup of old guard vs. new guard. There's Nicolas Batum versus Paul Pierce in a battle of disparate small forward body types. You've got one of the great shooters of the last ten years in Joe Johnson pitted against Wesley Matthews, a player shooting 51 percent from three through the first ten games. And we haven't even mentioned the Brothers Lopez battling for twin supremacy!
But in the end, the matchup between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Garnett wins out as the most intriguing storyline in tonight's game. There has never been any love lost between LA and KG, and with Garnett, now in his 19th season, struggling in his first season in Brooklyn, expect Aldridge to come out aggressive from the jump.
• Ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring at 22.2 points per game and is third among power forwards behind Kevin Love and Blake Griffin
• Averaging 2.5 assists per game, sixth-best among power forward this season
• Has logged double double in scoring and rebounding in the last five games
• Shooting career-low 30 percent from the field through eight games while averaging 22.6 minutes per game, also a career low
• The active leader in career defensive rebounds with 10,812 and is second only to Karl Malone for the all-time lead
• The active leader in minutes played at 47,982 and fifth all-time