G27 Brooklyn Nets (7-19) Faces a Tough Challenge vs Toronto Raptors (19-8)
The Nets dropped a winnable game against the 76ers 107-108 and this one hurt a lot. The coach’s decision to start rookie backcourt (Whitehead and LeVert) in the start of 4th quarter proved to be very costly in allowing 13-0 run by the 76ers and they took an 8pt-lead. Coaches would need to get better in game-management and quick adjustment not to allow huge runs that can swing the momentum to the opposing team.
Jeremy Lin came off the bench and logged 22 minutes. He tried his best to get 3 steals within 1 minute but unfortunately his teammates can’t close it. Climbing an uphill battle to cut into a lead is never easy, especially for such a young team so coaches should never allow huge runs to happen in the first place without making a quick adjustment.
The Nets faces a tough challenge on the road against a strong Raptors team who is 2nd in the Eastern Conference standing with 19-8 record. The Nets poor 1-12 road record does not give the Nets many chances to steal a win. Brook Lopez is also scheduled to rest so perhaps we might see Lin to start with Scola
ESPN Game Preview article:
“Yeah, it’s definitely an issue, definitely one of our weaker points defensively,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We definitely have to do a better job, and guard rebounding is huge for us, and we have to do it collectively. This is going to be a big challenge.”
KEY OF THE GAME: Jeremy would need to start and play 28+ minutes then hope for hot 3pt shooting and decent defense to have any hope for a win
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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!