G26 Brooklyn Nets (7-18) Needs a Win vs the 76ers (6-20)
The Nets almost stole the win on the road against the Orlando Magic but they committed too many fouls in the 4th quarter and lost the game 111-118. Jeremy Lin played for 20 minutes but he is still finding his rhythm after coming back from injury and it certainly was hard to get a rhythm with only 20 minutes. He would need to start soon to set the tone for his team and play 28-32 minutes if his health allows.
They get the second chance to win on the road against the 76ers who for once had a worse record than the Nets at 6-20. The 76ers seemed to have disharmony in the team with 3 young starting-quality centers(Embiid, Okafor, Noel) not getting enough playing time. Nerlens Noel might be in the trading block soon although teams don’t get good reports on his habits. The questionable character issue might downplay the trade interest for many teams, especially the Nets who seem to prioritize high-character players
ESPN Game Preview article:
The Philadelphia 76ers have too many young, highly drafted big men, and not enough minutes to go around.
That has led one of them, Nerlens Noel, to speak out, and put the 76ers in a quandary as they head into Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in Philadelphia.
The Sixers’ other promising bigs, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, started Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and played 28 and 23 minutes, respectively.
Noel, making his second appearance of the season because of knee and ankle issues, played eight minutes off the bench and finished with two points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
“I just want to be on the court playing basketball,” Noel said after the 100-89 loss. “I don’t really care who I’m playing with. I’m not an eight-minute player, so I don’t know what that’s about.
“So I don’t care where. … I think I’m too good to be playing eight minutes. … That’s crazy. Need to figure this (crap) out.”
Noel, drafted sixth overall and acquired by Philadelphia in a draft-night trade in 2013, told the Philadelphia Inquirer before the start of training camp that it is “just silly” to have three starting-quality centers on the same team, and thought management would have swung an offseason deal involving one of them.
While he has made it clear he would welcome a trade, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports said on a recent podcast that other teams “don’t get good reports” on “how he’s carried himself there, of his habits.”
KEY OF THE GAME: Jeremy would need to start and play 28+ minutes to find his rhythm with his teammates. If the game is too close, anything can happen on the road game.
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!