With the additions of guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, along with point guard
Of course, the team is still without point guard
The Nets had a terrible start to the season, struggling with injuries and chemistry. The franchise has managed to pull up from its slump to climb to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn, an older team, will face the Lakers on the second night of back-to-back after a win on Saturday night in
When the Lakers defeated the Nets in Brooklyn, 99-94 on Nov. 27, point guard
Williams has struggled to get healthy this season, averaging only 13.6 points a game, but he's gradually improving as have the Nets.
The Lakers aren't anything close to the team they were in November, now completely out of the playoff picture.
Against the Warriors on Saturday, Williams led the Nets with 20 points in 39 minutes.
Will he have the stamina Sunday?
Williams will be guarded by
Conversely, Marshall is one of the league's best playmakers, averaging 9.7 assists per game. He's also shooting a top-notch 47.7% from three-point range.
Garnett isn't having a stellar year, averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, but he's battled against the Lakers and Pau Gasol on the biggest of stages.
Gasol scored 21 points against the Nets in December. Garnett scored just four while Blatche chipped in 14.
Young led the Lakers with 26 points when they beat the Nets earlier in the year.
After a few weeks off, will Young jump right back in at a high level?
Ultimately the Lakers need to lose more than they need to win, when it comes to lottery position -- but the players on the roster today aren't nearly as concerned about next season.
The Lakers have a real chance to knock off the Nets on Sunday, especially with Brooklyn playing on consecutive nights.