Avery Johnson and the Nets are still licking their wounds from a 101-89 loss to the Miami Heat that wasn't nearly as close as the final score would indicate.
Meanwhile, the LeBron-less Cavs are riding high after a weekend of road victories over the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. In the win over the Wizards, guards Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson combined for 47 points and will be a handful for a New Jersey backcourt that may be without the ailing Terrence Williams (abdominal strain).
Nets center Brook Lopez is hoping to bounce back from a weekend in which he only averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds while shooting .242 from the field. Lopez will be matched up with the ball of energy known as Anderson Varejao (9.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg) and the emerging J.J. Hickson (16.5 ppg, .507 FG%).
Like most teams, Cleveland swept the season series with New Jersey last year and has won eight straight over the Nets.