Game Preview - Nets vs. Nuggets (Dec. 3)

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BROOKLYN—Though Andre Iguodala left Denver in free agency, the Nuggets have continued to develop around their young core, bringing back sharp-shooting guard Randy Foye (.410 3P% in 2012-13) in the sign-and-trade deal. Everyone on the roster must keep pace with speedy point guard Ty Lawson, and returning forwards Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried provide a pair of strong finishers who are capable of keeping their man in check. J.J. Hickson has stepped into the center role he filled last season in Portland, averaging a near double-double.

Here's a look at the projected lineups:

Brooklyn Nets PG Detroit Pistons
  Tyshawn Taylor   Ty Lawson  
With Deron Williams out, Taylor made his first start of the season on Saturday in Memphis, helping guide the Nets to victory. Lawson is averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds and nearly 4 rebounds per game, while shooting with strong percentages from three-point range and overall.

  Joe Johnson   Randy Foye  
Johnson, averaging 20.8 points in his last five games, staked Brooklyn to an early lead in Memphis with a 16-point first quarter. Foye, coming off a year in which he set a Utah franchise record for three-pointers (178), has continued firing away for his new team, hoisting more than five per game.

  Alan Anderson   Wilson Chandler  
Now that Paul Pierce will miss the next few weeks with a broken right hand, Anderson gets a chance to step in and play starter's minutes; he has averaged 7.9 points in 22 minutes per game thus far. Chandler's across-the-board ability provide the Nuggets a consistent contributor at one of the league's most-loaded positions.

  Kevin Garnett   Kenneth Faried  
Garnett's intensity has a ripple effect that resounds throughout the roster, energizing everyone's efforts. Faried, who earned the nickname "Manimal" for his fierce play, is averaging a double-double in just 25 minutes per game.

  Brook Lopez   J.J. Hickson  
Lopez has returned to the lineup with back-to-back strong performances, offering the Nets' a post presence from which they can play inside-out. Hickson, though undersized at 6-foot-9 and 242 pounds, the veteran big still rebounds well and keeps his turnovers in check.

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Shaun Livingston | Mason Plumlee
  Nate Robinson | Jordan Hamilton
Andre Miller | Timofey Mozgov
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 Nuggets, Nets foil Robinson has provided his usual scoring punch and heat-check shooting touch. Third-year pro Hamilton has shown signs of a breakthrough, even starting seven games so far, while veteran PG Miller remains one of the league's most dangerous passers. Center Mozgov provides a bruising presence on both sides, posting more than 8 points, 5 rebounds and a block in just 18 minutes per game.
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