G12 Brooklyn Nets (4-7) Visits OKC Thunder (7-5)
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As the Nets are about to close the 5-game road trip against the OKC Thunder, they can’t wait to get Jeremy Lin back to the starting lineup, hopefully either in the Blazers (Nov 20) or the Celtics game (Nov 23). They have 1-3 record in the tough road trip. They are currently #12 in the Eastern Conference standing with 4-7 record.
Jeremy Lin has had his evaluation but #Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is still awaiting the result. Lin clearly don't play tomorrow in OKC.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 17, 2016
It will be another tough game for the Nets to win since OKC Thunder is ranked 6th best in 3FG% allowed with 32.8%. But the Lakers loss also exposed the main defensive weakness in sloppy turnovers and rebounding. The loss of Jeremy Lin as the main PG to direct the offense was truly felt in that game.
It doesn’t help that the Nets is also ranked 28th in the league in allowing Opponent 3FG% at 35.9%. Only the Blazers and the Suns are worse in that department.
KEY OF THE GAME: Can the Nets play tough defense in the rebounding department and not allowing wide-open shots? A win is not impossible since OKC has lost 3 home games including the Magic, Clippers, Raptors before winning the last one against the Rockets. It is important to note that the Magic had 46% 3FG and held OKC 3pt-shooting to only 28%. That might be the same recipe that can enable the Nets to pull a win.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will heal quickly, the Nets will continue their formula of success, play gritty basketball, and most importantly finish the game healthy!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!