There are probably many games coach Brett Brown would like to forget about during his two-plus seasons at the helf of the 76ers, but none more than Monday's 119-68 loss to his former team, the San Antonio Spurs.
In that lopsided loss, the Sixers couldn't shoot, couldn't defend and seemed to have lost the game the minute they stepped onto the court, despite coach Gregg Popovich resting three of his star players in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
The 1-21 Sixers figure to have a more favorable matchup tonight at Barclays Center against the Nets (6-15), though Brooklyn has won three of its last five and five of its last six on its home court.
Here are some things to look for in tonight's matchup:
1. The play of Jahlil Okafor. The Sixers center has had a tough couple of weeks with a fight outside a nightclub in Boston early Thanksgiving morning that led to a two-game suspension, then got hit with an upper respiratory infection early this week. His play has been sluggish of late as he's made just 16 of his last 51 shots (31.4 percent) from the floor. With Robert Covington playing well of late and making outside shots, having Okafor give a little something from the paint would give Brown some tools to work with.
2. The play of the point guards. Kendall Marshall is set to make his Sixers' debut Friday when the team hosts the Detroit Pistons. That means that someone is going to lose a bit of playing time. It most likely will come down to T.J. McConnell or Isaiah Canaan as Tony Wroten recently returned from ACL surgery and is getting more minutes. Tonight could be the final audition for the two of the as to who will be backing up Wroten and Marshall at the point.
3. The play of Thaddeus Young. The former Sixer forward has been playing very well of late, averaging 21 points and 12.3 rebounds over his last three games. He is not a desirable matchup for the Sixers and may very well be in for a good night against his old team.