Although he avoided the wrath of potentially angry Nets fans last month, Deron Williams' recent play has started to resemble that of his last two seasons in Brooklyn.
Williams is expected to face his former team for the first time when the Dallas Mavericks try to avoid their fourth loss in five games and deal the visiting Nets a 12th loss in 14 on Friday night.
The Nets opted to buy out the final two years of his $98.5 million contract before the Mavericks (26-22) quickly signed the three-time All-Star in July. Williams was out with a strained hamstring in what would have been his first game back in Brooklyn, a 119-118 Dallas overtime win Dec. 23.
After Tuesday's 102-98 loss to Miami, the Nets begin a two-game trip with the Eastern Conference's second-worst road record at 4-16.
"Just another story of not being able to finish a game," interim coach Tony Brown said at the end of a 1-3 homestand.
Thaddeus Young proved to be a difficult matchup for the Mavs in December, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and hit all five 3-point attempts as Brooklyn shot 50.5 percent and made 10 of 19 from beyond the arc.
Dallas, however, has done a decent job on Brooklyn leading scorer Brook Lopez. The center, averaging 19.6 points this season, has totaled 20 in the past two meetings. >>> Read more…