Nets Collect Selves for Start in Sacramento
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Before heading to Sacramento, where the Brooklyn Nets begin a three-city California trip, the team practiced at Barclays Center ahead of Sunday's 6 p.m. (ET) game. Forward Gerald Wallace (sprained left ankle) practiced, but coach Avery Johnson said that he's "just not sure yet" about the return of "Crash" in time for the Kings game. Wallace was set to be treated upon arrival, and again Sunday morning; his recovery will be monitored throughout.
With an afternoon matchup following a cross-country flight, the Nets won't hold their typical morning shootaround. Johnson credited his assistant coaches for helping to combine scouting reports and strategy into the normal practice package. Though the Kings are riding a four-game losing streak, the Nets believe them to be – as Johnson put it – a "desperate and dangerous" team, one that big men Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries know will present a challenge up front with a rotation including double-double threat DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Chuck Hayes and rookie Thomas Robinson.