G17 Brooklyn Nets (4-12) Needs to Fix 3rd Quarter Woes vs LA Clippers (14-4)

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Jeremy Lin injury status is upgraded to Game-Time Decision on 11/28.
But with no team practice yet, perhaps the soonest return will be on the 12/3 Bucks game on the road or 12/5 Wizards game at home.

If the Nets want to have a chance to break the 7 game losing streak, they need to find an immediate solution to their 3rd quarter woes. 37.4% poor shooting combined with allowing opponents to shoot 53.3% in this skid explained how the Nets were outscored by 72pts (10.3pts/game) in this skid.

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Brooklyn was outscored 34-18 in the third quarter and in this skid teams are outscoring the Nets by a 222-150 margin. In those quarters, the Nets have shot 37.4 percent (55-of-147) while allowing opponents to shoot 53.3 percent (80-of-150).

“We’re just getting outplayed and outworked, that’s it,” said center Brook Lopez, who has scored 25 points and shot 40 percent in third quarters during this skid.

The latest third quarter was so ineffective for the Nets that DeMarcus Cousins‘ had the same amount of points as Brooklyn. It resulted in a 15-point deficit and in their last seven games, the average deficit for the Nets has been 18 points entering the fourth quarter.

“We have to fix the third quarter blues,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “For some reason we don’t come out with the requisite energy that we need.”

KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets need to come out with energy in the 3rd quarter and adjustment to what opponents will try to do after half-time.

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! 

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