Pregame Primer: San Antonio Spurs (39-12) at Nets (29-21), 8:00 P.M

The Brooklyn Nets return from a a quick two-game road trip in which the team won a hard fought game at the Detroit Pistons but dropped a dispirited effort against the suddenly surging Washing Wizards.

Tonight, the team looks to get back on track when they host the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center.

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Out?

Earlier on Sunday, coach Gregg Popovich made news when he announced that the Spurs may be playing with both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. If both are unable to go, the Nets chances of leaving Barclays victorious on Sunday, obviously, increase dramatically.

Tony Parker versus Deron Williams

With Duncan and Ginobili potentially out, the spotlight will shine brightly on Tony Parker—one of the NBA’s more underrated point guards. Years ago, he and Deron Williams were considered two of the better younger guards in the league and Parker, despite leading the NBA’s top team in the Spurs, continues to fly under the radar.

Tonight’s point guard matchup in Brooklyn has the potential to be somewhat special. The winner of the battle at the “1” will likely lead his team to victory, with or without Duncan and Ginobili.

Toko Shengelia Probable 

Toko Shengelia hasn’t played in a game since Jan. 11 and has been unavailable in the lion’s share of games since then, but he is officially listed as “probable” for tonight’s game against the Spurs.

Kris Humphries Morale

Kris Humphries has been somewhat inconsistent this season after signing a two-year deal worth a total of $24 million this past offseason. On Friday, rumors began to swirl suggesting that the Nets were entertaining the idea of trading him to the Charlotte Bobcats for shooting guard Ben Gordon.

In the NBA, when players are mentioned in trade rumors, they tend to either step up or whither. In what could be one of his final performances as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, it will be interesting to see how Humphries responds.

Getting Back to Winning

Since the Nets started out 12-2 under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, they’ve slowly regressed to the mean. The club is just 3-5 over their last eight games. They entered Sunday trailing the New York Knicks by four games in the Atlantic Division and entered the day as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets will play at the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night and then host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday before heading into the all-star break.

The action tips off tonight at 8:00 P.M. and will televised on ESPN and the YES Network.