Late nights and heartbreak.
The Brooklyn Nets took a visit to Los Angeles to start their five-game street journey and reacquaint themselves with an outdated buddy. Nonetheless, their journey received off to a rocky begin as Brook Lopez had his finest sport of the season and helped LA beat Brooklyn by 12. That is the primary evening of a back-to-back for the Nets. They’re in Denver to face the Nuggets tomorrow evening.
The opponent tonight would be the Phoenix Suns. After eliminating their coach (Earl Watson) and star level guard (Eric Bledsoe), they haven’t been half unhealthy. Phoenix has been enjoying onerous for interim coach Jay Triano and seem like a suitable NBA staff. That is the second leg of a back-to-back for Phoenix. They misplaced to the Spurs in San Antonio final evening.

The place to observe the sport

YES Community on TV. WCBS 880 AM on radio. 9 PM tip-off.


Jarrett Allen, Trevor Booker, and Quincy Acy all missed Friday’s sport resulting from damage. For this sport, Allen is out, Booker is questionable, and Acy is possible.
T.J. Warren knocked heads with Enes Kanter on Friday, however he performed yesterday and figures to be good to go tonight. Eric Bledsoe continues to be on the Suns roster, however not enjoying as Phoenix tries to search out him a brand new house. Bledsoe is figuring out individually on the Suns coaching facility.

The sport

The Suns received the first assembly on Halloween.
Possibly Allen Crabbe is out of his hunch? The capturing guard scored a season-high 25 factors off the bench and knocked down 4 three-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday evening. Nicholas LeTourneau broke it down right here. The Nets offense depends closely on the three-pointer, and if Crabbe can get it going from deep, it'll get Brooklyn again on monitor.
Apart from final evening, Devin Booker's been on a pleasant roll as of late. He is shot above 45 p.c from the sector in 4 of the final 5 video games and scored over 30 factors thrice in that span. Environment friendly scoring out of your guards is extra essential than ever, and seeing Booker get higher is a superb signal for Suns administration. Like a variety of Nets, the dropping streak has been tough on Caris Levert. In the course of the streak, he is shot beneath 30 p.c thrice and has typically appeared out of types. He'll want an enormous effort on protection if he desires to gradual Booker down and if he can, it will enormously enhance Brooklyn's probabilities of profitable, in addition to increase Levert's confidence going ahead.
Kenny Atkinson was involved sufficient concerning the staff’s “rhythm” that he determined to return to what he referred to as coaching camp mode throughout follow Sunday in Phoenix.

And in step with the coaching camp ethos, they'd some enjoyable too. Atkinson took the staff to the venerable Sloan Park for some baseball. Joe Harris confirmed he has performed the sport earlier than.

Participant to look at: Marquese Chriss

As Phoenix tries to get again to respectability, they're going to have to determine which younger gamers they're going to maintain to construct round Booker. Chriss is the second-youngest participant within the rotation and can get each likelihood potential to develop because the beginning energy ahead. He is working to broaden his vary and is capturing a good 36 p.c from three.
Rondae Hollis Jefferson will play an enormous function for Brooklyn tonight. RHJ has been Brooklyn's most constant starter one month into the season and is getting higher by the day. His measurement could be a problem towards larger groups (see Denver tomorrow evening), however you'll be able to work round that.

From the Vault

D’Angelo Russell had an excellent ending to his final sport as a Laker. The identical can’t be mentioned for Jason Kidd in his final sport as a Solar.