G16 Brooklyn Nets (4-11) to Rebuild Trust in Defense vs Sacramento Kings (6-10)
As the Nets losing streak reaches 6 with 5 losses in double-digits, they need Jeremy Lin’s return more than ever but there is no sign he will return in this game yet. Defense is still the #1 issue but as Sean Kilpatrick expressed, the trust is not there yet to play good defense. Having Lin back as an experienced floor general will be a great start to organize their porous defense.
“There’s got to be a guy in the back that’s really sitting there to help us get on the defensive boards especially. The trust right now is not there and we have to find a way to get there fast. Because in this league, if you don’t have that type of trust, it’s not going to work for you. Hopefully in the next couple days or the next couple games that pops up. We’ve got to build something.”
Lin hasn’t resumed full practice yet. And with games upcoming Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, missing a month total seems a real possibility. That’s why after their latest blowout loss in Indiana, veteran Luis Scola — the oldest Net at 36 — told the team they need to take ownership of the problem themselves, and fix it themselves.
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets has to rediscover their the gritty defense to contest every shot and be competitive to have any hope to stop the losing streak.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will come back soon to help the Nets get back on the winning track, and most importantly finish the game healthy!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!