'Coming Up' - Portland Trail Blazers (Nov. 18)

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This continues a series previewing the Nets' games against young teams "Coming Up" during the 2013-14 NBA season.

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BROOKLYN—The Nets and Trail Blazers cross paths only twice each season, but they were major trade partners at the 2012 deadline, when the Nets sent two expiring contracts and their first-round draft pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace. That deal allowed the Blazers to draft Damian Lillard, who developed into the 2012 Rookie of the Year and helped formulate a core to build around alongside forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.

Here's a look at the projected lineups:

Brooklyn Nets PG Utah Jazz
  Deron Williams   Damian Lillard  
Nets point guard Williams has been dishing the ball early, but should be able to take advantage of his size against Lillard. The Blazers acquired Lillard with a draft pick the Nets sent to Portland in the Gerald Wallace trade, and he earned 2012 Rookie of the Year honors.


  SG  
  Joe Johnson   Wesley matthews  
Johnson has been the Nets' third-leading scorer this season, finding efficient shots in a role off-the-ball. Matthews, an undrafted steal, continues to reward the Blazers' scouts with across-the-board production and all-out effort.


  SF  
  Paul Pierce   Nicolas Batum  
Feeling out his role in the early going, Pierce has settled in as the No. 2 option for Brooklyn, providing marksmanship and a steadying presence. Fierce defender Batum has developed a rounded offensive game, averaging more than 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.


  PF  
  Kevin Garnett   LaMarcus Aldridge  
This matchup pits two of the league's top-shooting big men: All-NBA regular Garnett was better than average from every shooting "hotspot," according to NBA.com/Stats, while two-time All-Star Aldridge has never shot worse than .484 from the field despite taking many mid-range attempts.


  C  
  Brook Lopez   Robin Lopez  
The Lopez twins match up yet again, as Brook takes the floor against Robin for the first time since the latter joined Portland in the offseason. Brook, coming off his first All-Star appearance, has been dominant offensively, while Robin has added defense and hustle alongside Aldridge in the frontcourt.


  TOP SUBS   
Alan Anderson
Andray Blatche
Jason Terry
  Mo Williams
Dorell Wright
Thomas Robinson
Anderson has earned early rotation minutes with solid all-around efforts and occasional shooting streaks, while Terry and Blatche can quickly pile up points against second (and sometimes first!) unit opposition. Williams and Wright are both impressively able three-point shooters, and 2012 No. 5 pick Robinson is beginning to reward Portland after taking a chance on him following surprisingly brief stints in Sacramento and Houston.
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