Warriors-Nets: What to watch for

January 18, 2012, 7:07 pm
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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Warriors Pregame Live begins at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with the tipoff at 4:00 p.m., followed by Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors will either come home after a so-so road trip or a good one. Theyre 2-1 with one game remaining on it on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets.The Nets are without center Brook Lopez and havent won a home game this season. Lopez isnt expected back until February at the earliest after having right foot surgery. The Warriors have won two in a row and are staring at six straight home games after New Jersey.Here are a few things to watch for:Defend Deron: If the Warriors need to stop one player, it would be point guard Deron Williams. No, hes not having a good season, shooting just 36 percent from the floor, but thats because hes being asked to do too much without Lopez.Still, Williams is capable of putting a team on his back on any given night, and hes a point guard the Warriors have always had matching up against in the past. Rookie Charles Jenkins will get the first crack at him on the defensive end.Bench contributing: The Warriors bench has shown up and then some on this trip. In the teams 105-95 win over Cleveland on Tuesday, the Warriors substitutes came through in a big way. Nate Robinson had 17 points and Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush had 14 apiece and the bench as a group scored 50 points.Theres never a better time to get something out of the bench than on the last game of a road trip.Keep going to Lee: Warriors power forward David Lee has been the teams best player on this trip. Hes scoring in bunches and more important hes scoring at important times.Against Cleveland, Lee had 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, which brought the victory home for the Warriors.Defend the 3-pointer: The Nets have several 3-point shooters all at various positions and the Warriors will need to be aware of them. Williams, ex-Warrior Anthony Morrow, Mehmet Okur, rookie Marshon Brooks and Jordan Farmar are all capable from beyond the arc.