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10 Things to Know: Lakers at Nets (11/6/15)
Here is what you need to know before the Lakers begin their five-game road trip with a visit to Brooklyn.
1) At the final buzzer, one team will have its first win of the season. For as rough as the Lakers’ 0-4 start has been, the Nets have been just as sluggish at 0-5. While Brooklyn’s offense has been its issue, the Lakers are searching to remedy a defense that is allowing 116.8 points per game thus far.
2) Jordan Clarkson has quickly gone about capitalizing on last year’s First Team All-Rookie selection. He currently leads all sophomores in scoring with 18.3 points per game, while hitting 53.7 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Julius Randle ranks second with 14.0 points.
Jordan Clarkson Shot Chart (Games 1-4)
3) The Nets are looking to win four straight games against L.A. for the first time since 1992-94. The current three-game streak has been a big reversal in the series, as the first win ended a run of 11 consecutive Lakers wins.
4) Fifteen years ago, Lakers head coach Byron Scott helped turn around the Nets franchise. In his first season, Scott’s then-New Jersey Nets won just 26 games. But the very next year, he coached them to the NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Lakers. The following season Scott had them back in the Finals, but they lost in six games to San Antonio.
5) Brooklyn’s offense has struggled to keep up with the rest of the league this season, as it ranks second-to-last in scoring (89.3 ppg). The Nets have been especially inadequate in two of the most important categories, making the fewest free throws (14.0) and shooting the second-worst percentage on 3-pointers (24.4).
6) The Nets have also run at an especially slow pace. They are averaging 95.6 possessions, which is the second-fewest total in the league.
7) One Net who has held his own offensively has been Brook Lopez. The center is averaging 20.0 points on 56.9 percent shooting — both of which are team-bests. Lopez has been a force down low, as he is averaging the third-most post-up points in the NBA (6.8).
8) Joe Johnson is closing in on another plateau in his 15th NBA season. The seven-time all-star needs four 3-pointers to tie Dale Ellis for the 12th-most in league history (1,719). Right behind Johnson is Kobe Bryant, who has made 1,701.
9) Brooklyn’s starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, has done his part to get the Nets’ scoring going. In four games he is averaging 6.3 assists, plus 3.0 secondary assists — the latter of which leads the NBA.
10) The Lakers are visiting a familiar face in Brooklyn’s backup shooting guard, Wayne Ellington, who played for the purple and gold last year. In his only season with L.A., Ellington averaged a career-high 10.0 points and led the team in 3-point percentage (37.0).
Wayne Ellington's big fourth quarter led the Lakers to their third straight victory. More in our postgame report. https://t.co/Ykm1vq9Me2— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 28, 2015
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