The Brooklyn Nets take on a weary Phoenix Suns club Sunday at Barclays Center in a 6 p.m. Eastern tip. The Suns lost in triple OT Saturday at Washington.
The Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday evening at Barclays Center as two teams looking to avoid starting new losing streaks after having winning runs ended in their last games.
The Nets (15-19) lost Friday night at home to the Indiana Pacers 112-104, snapping their run of seven consecutive victories that tied the longest of the team’s Brooklyn era. Prior to that streak, Brooklyn had lost eight games in a row.
The Suns (8-25) fell 149-146 in triple-overtime Saturday night to the Washington Wizards in the third game of their current five-game East Coast road trip after coming into the game with four straight wins. Phoenix won four in a row after losing 10 straight.
Brooklyn guard Allen Crabbe will miss his sixth consecutive game, as he was declared out for the meeting with the Suns on Saturday.
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The Nets will be looking for a season sweep of the Suns after being them in Phoenix 104-82 on Nov. 6, a game that was their second-largest margin of victory this season behind their 25-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Nov. 4.
And the Suns will come in with some tired legs after playing 63 minutes against the Wizards Saturday night.
In that game, Devin Booker logged 55 minutes, T.J. Warren played 53 and newly acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. was on the floor for 42 minutes against his former team. Rookie Deandre Ayton played 39 minutes and 38-year-old backup guard Jamal Crawford got 33 minutes.
So it’s possible Phoenix may throw some odd looking combinations on the floor against the Nets to try and spread the workload out a bit. The Suns only used nine players Saturday night in a triple-overtime game.
The Nets enter play Sunday in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind the Orlando Magic and 1½ in back of the eighth-place Miami Heat.
Here are three things to watch as the Nets look sweep Phoenix for the third time in the last four seasons.