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Keith Bogans wants a little revenge on Spurs

Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans tries to drive past

Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis. (Dec. 26, 2012) Credit: AP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Bogans didn't forget.

The Spurs really put it on the Nets when these teams met New Year's Eve in San Antonio, clobbering them 104-73 thanks to a second-half dismantling. So when the Nets meet the Spurs in Brooklyn Sunday night, tipping off the first of their last three games prior to next weekend's All-Star festivities, Bogans wants some revenge.

"These next three games are going to be a good little playing field for us to see where we are going before the break," he said in a chat with Newsday following the team's shootaround at the PNY Center. "We’ve got three tough teams coming up.

"The Spurs kicked our - - - last time. So for me personally, I want to kick their - - -. I want to do what they did to us down in San Antonio."

The Nets may not have to contend with two of the Spurs' Big Three, though. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are both listed as doubtful, so that might make things a wee bit easier for the Nets. But then again, they've had their fare share of problems with teams that aren't at full strength. Most recent example: See Tuesday's loss to the Lakers.

Still, P.J. Carlesimo had lots of praise for San Antonio, which had its 11-game winning streak snapped on Friday in Detroit.

“I think they’ve been the best team in the league so far this year," Carlesimo said. "They have the best record, they’re close, they’re also playing in the Western Conference, which I think is a little deeper. They’ve played way more road games than home games, and this is the start of the [annual] rodeo trip.

"So if you look at their record and their schedule, you could easily make the case they are the best team in the league to this point. They’ve got three of the better players in the league, but they’ve won a lot of games without either Tim or Manu or both. They shoot three extremely well, especially [Danny] Green and {Kahwi] Leonard. They’ve been on fire."

Even if Duncan and Ginobili don't play, the Spurs still have Tony Parker and Deron Williams knows he'll have to contend with another speedy point guard just days after chasing John Wall around.

"He’s one of the fastest guys from baseline to baseline," Williams said. "He’s constantly attacking in transition and it just puts so much pressure on the defense, whether it's in transition or in halfcourt. He’s getting to the basket with floaters, but he’s also hitting teammates and making things happen that way."

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