Always a man with a plan, Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons joined us to preview in detail L.A.’s Saturday evening contest against the New Jersey Nets, the second and final meeting between the two squads this season.
New Jersey, winners of just two games in 24 tries, is led by second-year center Brook Lopez, whose success (team high 19.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.04 blocks) is counter-intuitive to that of his team. Point guard Devin Harris (16.8 points, 5.4 assists) has yet to reach his last-season form after missing 10 games to injury, while big man Josh Boone is the only player besides Lopez to appear in all 26 Nets games. In other words, it’s literally been basketball’s version of “M.A.S.H.” in Jersey.
Cleamons broke down how his squad plans on dealing with the team it beat 106-87 on Nov. 29, a game before the Nets set the NBA’s single-season record for consecutive losses to start the season with 19.