G19 Brooklyn Nets (5-13) 2nd Try vs Milwaukee Bucks (9-8)
With another 3rd-quarter meltdown, the Nets predictable lost the first game at home vs Milwaukee Bucks. Will the coaches be able to make an adjustment for the road game in Milwaukee?
The absence of Lin’s injury status has been very concerning his fans. In Nov 15, Mike Fratello said he recently spoke with Jeremy Lin (hamstring) in the 4th quarter of the Lakers game and believes that Lin will be able to return to the court within the next 2-3 games. The 3rd game would have been the Boston Celtics game on Nov 23 but 7 games have passed since then. Did the rehab have a setback but the Nets are not disclosing it? Or the Nets are being very cautious to ensure Lin is 100% healthy before returning? In either case, the Nets would have to release more update soon since the media and fans would be very curious.
The Nets couldn’t penetrate the Bucks’ defense and committed high turnovers again (17) in the loss so the loss of Jeremy Lin as an experienced PG was truly felt in these string of losses.
ESPN Game Preview article:
The Bucks held Brooklyn to 38.2 percent shooting and a 12-for-40 showing from behind the arc.
“We couldn’t pierce their defense,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They kept us in front and they would switch it and keep you there and kept us on the perimeter. I would like to see how many rim attempts we got, but I don’t think we converted at a high rate. So credit to their defense, they are a good defensive team and they were tough to score on tonight.”
Brooklyn also committed 17 turnovers in the loss to Milwaukee, continuing a season-long problem. The Nets are third in the league in turnovers this season, averaging 16.5 per game.
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets simply needs Jeremy Lin to create efficient offense and organize the defense. If not, this is just another development phase for the young Nets players.
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!