**Upcoming Games **
Tomorrow vs Clippers: Coverage on YES and the YES App begins at 6:30 p.m.
In-Season Tournament Group Play Game #2 Friday at Celtics: Coverage on YES and the YES App begins at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday vs Wizards: Coverage on YES and the YES App begins at 2:30 p.m.
Brooklyn will gets its first look at ex-Net James Harden in a Clippers uniform when Harden and his new teammates visit Barclays Center on Wednesday. The Nets will try to move to 2-0 in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament on Friday after they won their first game in Group Play last week at Chicago. They’ll have a rematch with the Celtics, who won in Brooklyn when the Nets finished a set of games on back-to-back nights following that tournament win over the Bulls. Sunday’s matchup will be the first time the Nets face Washington since the team entered a rebuild this past summer, which included trading one of the greatest scorers in franchise history, Bradley Beal, to Phoenix in a three-team deal that also involved the Pacers. In the Beal trade, the Wizards acquired Chris Paul, who they quickly rerouted to Golden State, plus former Net Landry Shamet, rookie Bilal Coulibaly, and a whopping 10 draft picks or pick swaps from 2024 though 2030.
Cam Thomas ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 28.7 PPG during this young season. Ben Simmons’ 10.8 RPG and 6.7 APG both place him among the top seven players in the East - he set his high in rebounds as a Net last night against Milwaukee when he grabbed 15, giving him the 11th game of his career with at least 15 boards including postseason play. Lonnie Walker IV has become the first player in Nets history to score double figures off the bench in each of their first six games with the team, including a 19-point effort Monday while he was dealing with a sore left knee. A lifetime 35.7 percent shooter from three-point range entering this season, Dorian Finney-Smith is shooting 44.2 percent beyond the arc this year. Coming off a 31-point game last night, Mikal Bridges will play in his 400th consecutive regular season game tomorrow, which will extend the longest active streak in the NBA. Day’Ron Sharpe turned 22 years old yesterday.
Know The Foes
James Harden made his Clippers debut Monday, posting 17 points and six assists at the Knicks when he joined a starting lineup that also features superstars Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook. The Celtics dropped an overtime game in Minnesota last night for their first loss of the year. Boston’s offseason additions Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday were difference makers against Brooklyn this past Saturday; Porzingis scored 22 points on 8-of-10 field goal shooting and Holiday finished just a rebound shy of a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists and nine boards. Kyle Kuzma has maintained his high-scoring ways for Washington amidst a 1-5 start, averaging 23.7 PPG on 50.0 percent shooting.
A Dazzling Fact
One of five players around the NBA to score at least 45 points in a game so far this year, Cam Thomas hit that number on the nose last night, giving him a total of 201 points through the Nets’ first seven games. It’s the sixth-highest total in franchise history, and his performance against Milwaukee put Thomas in ultra-exclusive company! He now has five career games of at least 40 points, tying a Hall of Famer and New York City legend, Brooklyn’s own Bernard King, for the most ever by a Nets player age 22 or younger. More than seven-dozen players in that age group have taken the floor for the team through the years, and the rest of them excluding Thomas and King have combined for a total of six such games. Stay with YES and the YES App to see what kind of numbers Thomas puts up next!