G22 Brooklyn Nets (6-15) Visits San Antonio Spurs (18-5)
Jeremy Lin finally had a full team practice on Dec 9 and had an extra 1:1 practice with Caris LeVert who just started to come back. He might come back as soon as the LA Lakers home game on Dec 14 after the Nets finish their road trip against tough opponents, the Spurs and the Rockets.
As for the Nets, they finally got a hard-fought win after leading by 29pts in the 3rd quarter but had a 4th quarter meltdown to finally win against the Nuggets. Interestingly, they only had 3 attempts for 3 pointers in the 1st quarter to build the lead with drives and post plays but had 4 quick misses on 3FGAs in the 4th quarter to start losing the big lead.
ESPN Game Preview article:
Brooklyn (6-15) heads to the Alamo City off a 116-111 home win against Denver in which it led tip to horn and held off a torrid Nuggets comeback attempt. The Nets are 1-8 on the road this season.
All five Brooklyn starters scored in double figures in the victory Wednesday, with each of them netting 10-plus points in the first half. The Nets became just the second team in the NBA to have all five starters score in double figures by halftime this season.
“It shows great mental strength and persistence the way we held on,” said Brooklyn center Brook Lopez, who led the Nets with 24 points. “I just kept telling them, ‘Same way, same way.’ Every time I was just trying to just repeat it: ‘Just get in. Get out there. Trust each other. Share the ball. Move. Attack the basket. Be aggressive.'”
KEY OF THE GAME: This will be a tough game for the Nets to win with 1-7 road record but they can continue to build from their strong 3 quarters in the Nuggets game.
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!