NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 27th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (0-15) at Sacramento Kings (6-8), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The hapless New Jersey Nets are just a couple steps away from the NBA record for futility to start a season, and Lawrence Frank's bunch hopes to put the brakes on what is starting to look like a runaway train tonight in Sacramento.
The Nets latest loss came in Portland on Wednesday when Greg Oden scored 18 points as the Blazers downed New Jersey 93-83. New Jersey is now 0-15 and with two more losses can tie the league mark for the worst start to a season, held by the 1988-89 expansion Miami Heat and tied by the LA Clippers in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.
A loss tonight would match the franchise-record slide first set during the 1977-78 season. Meanwhile, it would put the Nets just one game short of the NBA record for futility to start a season with a game against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on the horizon Sunday at Staples Center. New Jersey's 18th game of the season is at home against Dallas next Wednesday.
Brook Lopez notched a career-best 32 points to go with 14 rebounds for the Nets in Portland. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 18 points in defeat.
"It's no consolation prize, but the way played tonight is a whole lot more in indicative, regardless of the result," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank. "I thought Brook was tremendous. He really asserted himself; his moves were straight-line moves. He was working on attacking the rim and played with great force."
The Kings, meanwhile, snapped a four-game skid Wednesday when Donte Greene poured in 24 points and had career-highs with five assists and six blocks, as Sacramento used a balanced attack to dominate the lowly New York Knicks, 111-97, at ARCO Arena.
"It's not surprising to me," Green said of his six blocked shots. "I was third in the Big East in blocked shots. I can block shots, I just need the opportunity to do so."
Rookie Tyreke Evans added 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists for the Kings, who snapped a four-game skid. Evans' streak of seven straight games with 20 points or more came to an end, however.
Spencer Hawes chipped in 16 points while Sergio Rodriguez had 15 for Sacramento, which started a four-game homestand Wednesday. Seven of the nine Kings players were in double-digits.
The Nets swept the home-and-hone season series against the Kings in 2008-09 for the first time in 11 years and snapped a nine-game skid at ARCO Arena with a 116-114 overtime win last November.
11/27 10:34:44 ET