Game Preview - Nets vs. Lakers (Nov. 27)

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BROOKLYN—While the top of the Eastern Conference kept cores intact, several other squads made major moves, with the Pistons notably adding point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Josh Smith to a developing roster that already included big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The lengthy frontline, which is complemented by rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, could prove to present problems for opponents once they figure out floor spacing and iron out their defensive communication.

Here's a look at the projected lineups:

Brooklyn Nets PG Detroit Pistons
  Shaun Livingston   Steve Blake  
Filling in for injured starter Deron Williams, Livingston has stepped up to run the Nets' offense and providing scoring punch with strong drives and finishing ability. With Lakers starter Steve Nash sidelined, Blake has taken over the point and dished out more than 7 assists while shooting better than .455 from three-point range.


  SG  
  Joe Johnson   Jodie Meeks  
Johnson recently dropped a Nets-career-high 34 points, and seems to be more aggressive by the game. Meeks, filling Kobe Bryant's slot while the star guard rehabs his torn Achilles' tendon, is yet another Laker shooting well from long range, averaging more than 13 PPG and shooting better than .450 from three.


  SF  
  Paul Pierce   Wesley Johnson  
Pierce has been working his way into the Nets' offense, finding his spots to contribute alongside scorers of an ilk with which he hasn't played. Former top pick Johnson (No. 4, 2010) is shooting well from three-point range (.400) in more than 20 minutes per game.


  PF  
  Kevin Garnett   Jordan Hill  
Garnett provides an intensity of focus to everything from practices to postgame media sessions, and has rebounded well in the time he's been on the floor. Hill, once a top pick of the Knicks, has found and filled an energizer role for the Lakers, averaging nearly a double-double.


  C  
  Andray Blatche   Pau Gasol  
Blatche has shifted into a starting role the last few games, providing scoring punch and ball-handling skills to the Nets' frontcourt. Gasol has started all of the Lakers' games while averaging a double-double and more than a block per game.



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  Nick Young | Xavier Henry
Jordan Farmar | Shawne Williams
The Nets' deep bench has shown their varied skill sets throughout the early season, subbing for injured starters and outplaying opposing second units. For the Lakers, free-agent addition Young has come in shooting, averaging double-digit points off the bench, and Henry has shot efficiently (.440 3P%). Former Nets PG Farmar has returned to the Lakers after two years playing in Europe, and another former Net, forward Williams is firing away a .363 from long range.
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