|The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+0.8||3-2||4-1||117.8||60.2||45.6%||50.6||121.8||62.6||49.1%||56.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||111.3||56.3||40-90||44.5%||13-38||34.0%||18-24||74.5%||58||11||24||21||6||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||111.4||55.9||41-88||46.1%||12-34||35.7%||18-23||77.1%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||111.4||54.8||40-92||43.4%||13-40||32.6%||18-24||76.4%||57||11||24||21||6||13||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||112.2||55.2||41-93||44.5%||12-35||35.0%||17-22||76.5%||55||11||23||21||8||12||5|
|vs opponents averaging||111||55.7||41-89||45.9%||12-34||35.7%||18-23||77.0%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||114.5||55.5||42-93||45.2%||13-35||35.8%||18-23||75.6%||57||11||23||21||7||12||6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-1.5||4-1||3-2||118.0||62.6||48.0%||54.8||110.2||59.0||45.0%||49.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||116.3||59.4||42-89||46.5%||12-33||37.2%||21-26||79.2%||56||11||24||22||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||112.3||56.4||41-89||46.1%||12-34||35.9%||18-23||77.5%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||115.2||59.9||41-89||46.2%||12-33||37.0%||21-27||79.6%||55||10||23||22||7||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||109.7||55.2||39-90||43.7%||12-35||34.3%||19-25||75.9%||53||11||24||23||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||112.4||56.4||41-89||46.1%||12-34||35.8%||18-23||77.6%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||110.7||55.8||39-90||43.7%||12-36||34.3%||20-26||77.3%||54||11||24||22||8||14||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 95.6, LA CLIPPERS 96.6|
|8/9/2020||*LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/11/2020||*ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/13/2020||*PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/9/2020||*BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/12/2020||*DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/14/2020||*OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|BROOKLYN: LAST SEASON: 42-40, lost in the first round of the playoffs.
COACH: Kenny Atkinson (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg), G Caris LeVert (13.7 ppg), F Joe Harris (13.7 ppg), F Taurean Prince (13.5 ppg), C Jarrett Allen (10.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G D'Angelo Russell, F DeMarre Carroll, F Jared Dudley, F/C Ed Davis, G Allen Crabbe, G Shabazz Napier, F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
KEY ADDITIONS: F Kevin Durant, G Irving, C DeAndre Jordan, F Prince, F Wilson Chandler, G/F David Nwaba, G/F Garrett Temple
PLAYER TO WATCH: Irving. An undeniable All-Star talent who now has to show he has the temperament to handle New York. He asked to be traded from Cleveland, then changed his mind after originally saying he planned to remain in Boston, where the Celtics were a disappointment last season and he acknowledged doing a poor job leading the team. He grew up in New Jersey and wanted to come back home, and now he has to perform.
OUTLOOK: The Nets don't expect Durant to play this season, so they remain a bit weak at the forward spot compared to the top teams in the Eastern Conference. That means it's possible they won't even improve off last season's surprising sixth-place finish. But even if they don't, they appear well set for the future.
|LA CLIPPERS: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Doc Rivers (seventh season with Clippers, 307-185; 21st season overall, 894-658).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F Kawhi Leonard (30.5 ppg with Toronto), F Paul George (23.7 with Oklahoma City), G Patrick Beverley (7.6), G Landry Shamet (9.1), C Ivica Zubac (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, F Danilo Gallinari, F Wilson Chandler, G-F Garrett Temple, G Sindarius Thornwell, G Tyrone Wallace.
KEY ADDITIONS: Leonard, George.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It's all about newcomers Leonard and George. They'll be the top two options on offense. Leonard is coming off a season in which he led Toronto to its first NBA championship (and earned his second ring). Leonard returning home was contingent upon pairing with George, also an LA-area native. George, who finished third in MVP voting last season, can guard nearly any position while being a huge scoring threat. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA's top bench-scoring duo last season, will get starter-level minutes again.
OUTLOOK: No more watching other teams go deep in the playoffs. The NBA's balance of power has shifted to the Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that's expected to change behind Leonard and George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. The Clippers had to give up talented veteran Gallinari and star-in-the-making Gilgeous-Alexander, but they kept Harrell, Williams and re-signed Beverley, whose sole job will be using his tenacious D to keep others from scoring. The Clippers are favorites to win it all, a stunning shift for a franchise that has spent much of its existence as a punch line.
|Clippers look to build win streak vs. short-handed Nets|
After clinching a playoff berth against the Sacramento Kings, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to be without three of their key performers Sunday when they face the Los Angeles Clippers.
Guard Caris LeVert (rest), center Jarrett Allen (left ankle sprain) and forward Joe Harris (groin) were listed as doubtful on the Nets' injury report Saturday. Brooklyn also will be without former Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (left hamstring), who was injured in the Nets' 119-116 win over the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
On Friday, LeVert led the Nets with 22 points, and Allen collected 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a 119-106 victory over the Kings, punching Brooklyn's ticket to the postseason. Allen's performance was huge, LeVert said.
"He did a great job of just moving the ball," said LeVert, who also had seven assists, according to the New York Daily News. "We played through him at the top of the key, and he's done a great job of making decisions."
Harris had 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, against Sacramento.
The Nets (33-36) are 3-2 since the NBA restart and hold the No. 7 seed in the East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orlando Magic with three games remaining. They have been a surprise success story playing without Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince. Irving had season-ended shoulder surgery, while the latter three opted out after testing positive for COVID-19. The Nets also are without Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton, and of course, Kevin Durant, who won't play until next season as he recovers from a torn Achilles.
The short-handed Clippers (47-22) recorded a 122-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday despite playing with mostly reserves down the stretch. Paul George led Los Angeles with 21 points but watched from the bench late in the game as the Clippers won consecutive games for the first time since the restart began.
Landry Shamet, who finished with 19 points, and JaMychal Green, who had 13 points and eight rebounds, helped the Clippers rally against the Blazers. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points, Marcus Morris Sr. contributed 15 and Lou Williams added 12.
Rodney McGruder's 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds remaining gave the Clippers the lead for good. Shamet converted two late foul shots to sink Portland.
Shamet said Clippers coach Doc Rivers motivated him with some choice words at halftime.
"We knew we were short-handed, but that doesn't change anything. We've got to still win games in tough situations, so it's an opportunistic league and it was an opportunity for us to step up and play a role in a good way," Shamet told reporters after the win. "Just trying to play my game, stay within myself, but Doc got on me at halftime and told me to start playing my game and get into the game.
"So I tried to be a little more aggressive and bring my intensity up on both ends and try to help get a win."
The Clippers played without All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who the club holds out of back-to-back games because of a lingering knee injury, and guard Patrick Beverley (calf). Leonard is expected to play Sunday but the status of Beverley, who has been listed as day-to-day, is unknown.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 10/1/2020 3:59:10 AM EST|