Nets vs. Warriors: What to watch for

November 21, 2012, 8:42 pm
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Programming note: Nets-Warriors coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live. Stick around after the final horn for Warriors Postgame Live!

After finishing their recent road trip with a 2-1 record,the Warriors play the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. GoldenState will play five of its next six games in Oakland. With a 6-5 record, theWarriors hope to gain some separation with the .500 mark over the next 10days.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesday nightsgame between the Nets and Warriors:Curry vs. Williams: Warriors point guardStephen Curry is coming off his best game as a pro. He scored 31 points andhanded out nine assists in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against Dallas onMonday.RELATED: Curry's best pro game
More than those numbers was when Curry put up those numbers:When the game was on the line. Curry scored the Warriors final eight points inregulation, then scored or assisted on 13 of the Warriors 15 points inovertime.Of the last 32 points the Warriors scored that game, Curryhad a hand in 29 of them.It doesnt get any easier with Deron Williams coming toOracle. Williams isnt shooting the ball particularly well this season (42.2percent), but nobody doubts that hes one of the best point guards inbasketball. Hes got size, quickness and strength and Curry will have his handsfull.Keep rebounding: Rebounding has been astrength of the Warriors, and theyll need to win that battle against the Nets.Brook Lopez is a legitimate big man, but he is not considered a good rebounderfor his size.The player the Warriors need to neutralize on the glass isathletic power forward Kris Humphries, who hurt the Warriors in a game lastyear in New Jersey.If David Lee can keep contain Humphries on the glass,theres no reason the Warriors shouldnt have an advantage in that phase of thegame.Pick up the pace: The Warriors halfcourtoffense has bogged down at times this season and it seems apparent that theyfunction better in the open court.That would seem to be a solid plan against the Nets becauseBrooklyn is coming off a tough game on Tuesday night in Los Angeles against theLakers -- and their core guys played big minutes.

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