G25 Brooklyn Nets (7-17) Seeks 2nd Straight Win vs ORL Magic (11-16)
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The Nets seeks to find the 2nd straight win for the first time this season after pulling a win with an improved effort in their defense and rebounding against the Lakers. They finally held opponents under 100 points since Nov 4 game.
They would need the same defensive effort and the return of Jeremy Lin if they hope to get their first consecutive win of the season on the road vs the Orlando Magic. The Nets road record is a woeful 1-10 so Lin’s experience and veteran leadership would be tremendous to win on the road.
Lin would be game time decision but he said his back felt better.
.@JLin7 says his status is game-time decision. Spoke before shootaround. Must see how back responds as day goes on. Said it gets better.
— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) December 16, 2016
ESPN Game Preview article:
For the season, Brooklyn has been surprisingly good late in games. According to NBA.com, the Nets are 6-7 in games that are within five points with five minutes to play. They score 106.8 points per 100 possessions in those moments. Brooklyn, surprisingly, has been plenty able to score so far this season and score late in games to pull out a surprising number of wins.
Unlike the Nets, the Magic have had some struggles late in games this year.
Orlando is 7-9 in games within five points in the final five minutes. The team’s offense has struggled, posting a lowly 94.4 offensive rating (points per 100 possessions). The defense has struggled too with a 115.1 defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions).
KEY OF THE GAME: If Jeremy Lin can play without having tightness in lower back due to his hamstring, the Nets has a good chance to keep the game close and execute well in the final 5 minutes.
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!