G24 Brooklyn Nets (6-17) Will Rely on Jeremy Lin vs LA Lakers (10-17)
It was an impressive performance by Jeremy Lin in his first game back from missing 17 games with hamstring injury vs the high-powered Houston Rockets. With limited 20 minutes, he still contributed 10pts, 7assists, 1 block, 1 steal in a 118-122 loss. The Nets almost pulled it off but late-game execution and questionable non-calls by the refs derailed the comeback.
The Nets looked like a completely different team with Lin back on-court. Gone were the sloppy turnovers and bobbled passing; team defense look tighter with Eric Gordon not getting open looks, Lin setting up assists for easy points through open shots and layups for his teamamtes.
The Nets would need Jeremy Lin to play more than 20 minutes to win against the Lakers at home but the question is how many minutes the coaches and performance team will give him in his limited minutes. Perhaps it will be between 20 and 30 minutes. It helps to know the Lakers are in a slump with 7 game losing streak.
ESPN Game Preview article:
D’Angelo Russell will play his third game since returning from missing 11 straight games and 12 of 13 contests with a sore knee. He played 17 minutes and shot 1-of-8 during Sunday’s six-point loss to the New York Knicks and Monday, Russell scored 17 points in 20 minutes.
Russell’s production was not nearly enough as the Lakers were handed a 116-92 loss at Sacramento on Monday. Los Angeles is on its eighth losing streak of at least seven games since the start of the 2013-14 season after giving up a 23-2 run in the third quarter and picking up six technical fouls.
During their losing streak, the Lakers have allowed an average of 115.7 points and teams to shoot 50.6 percent. Opponents also are shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range and the Lakers have allowed 12 30-point quarters.
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets can extend the Lakers losing streak to 8 if they give Jeremy Lin 25+minutes to cut down on turnovers and improve their defense. Also, they should exploit Lakers poor 3-Point defense allowing 40.8% shooting in the 7-game losing streak
Let’s hope and pray JLin will stay healthy and help the Nets get back on the winning track!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!