G18 Brooklyn Nets (5-12) Looks to Stop Giannis and Milwaukee Bucks (8-8)
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After snapping a 7-game losing streak with a thrilling 2 OT win against the Clippers, the Brooklyn Nets look to stop Giannis and Milwaukee Bucks who also came off an impressive win against the Cleveland Cavaliers overcoming a 14-pt deficit.
For the first time, Coach Atkinson relied heavily on 5 players by playing them around 40 minutes (Brook, Booker, Kilpatrick, Whitehead, Harris) possibly for their abilities to play strong offense and defense. He also rode Kilpatrick’s hot hands by allowing ISOs to abandon the motion offense. The Nets defense managed to hold the Clippers to 34.2% shooting in the last 22 min after allowing them to shoot 45% in the first 36 min. Will the Nets rely on this lineup again (Brook, Booker, Kilpatrick, Whitehead, Harris) for strong defense?
Jeremy Lin injury status is still unknown as he is still rehabbing and not cleared for team practice. The 12/5 earliest return against the Wizards can get easily extended. In the mean time, Brooklyn Nets are not giving more update in the grade level of the hamstring injury that has sidelined Lin for over a month.
ESPN Game Preview article:
During Milwaukee’s last five games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 57.8 percent (48 of 83).
“He’s been here four years now; he’s arrived,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.
Milwaukee is around the middle of the pack in pace at 96.3 possessions per game and offensive rating at 105.9. The Bucks are in the bottom third in scoring at 102.7 points per game but their numbers are somewhat improved recently.
During the last five games, the Bucks have averaged 107 points and shot 48.8 percent (208 of 426).
Defensively, the Nets took care of things in the final 22 minutes. After allowing the Clippers to get 86 points on 45 percent shooting through the first 36 minutes, the Nets held Los Angeles to 36 points on 34.2 percent shooting the rest of the game, including 2 of 11 in the second overtime.
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets need to continue 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!