G29 Brooklyn Nets (7-21) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (21-6)
After a bad loss against Toronto Raptors, the Nets surprised the best team in the NBA, Golden State Warriors, for one half by taking 16pt lead (65-49)before losing the game by the same margin of 16 pts (101-117). The Nets played their best half-game but succumbed to many turnovers as GSW defense pressed them.
Jeremy Lin did not have his sharp-shooting but still managed a near triple double with 10pts/11ast/8rebs/2stls/2blks/5tos in 32min. He did a great job defending Steph Curry with 2 great blocks and 1 steal to shoot only 6-19 and finished with 15pts. When Lin was resting, Curry had no problems finding space to shoot. The Brook-Lin connection was strong especially in the 1st half with Brook being the beneficiary of Lin’s assists to finish with 28pts/8rebs/2asts.
The Nets has to face another tough assignment in Cleveland Cavaliers on the second night of back-to-back game on the road. The Cavs is missing JR Smith but will have Kevin Love back.
ESPN Game Preview article:
The Cavs and Nets are both ranked in the top 10 in scoring, but Brooklyn is last in the league in points allowed, surrendering more than 114 a night. That’s not a good match for an explosive offense like Cleveland’s, which is fourth in scoring.
Even without their sharpshooter Smith, the Cavs still made 15 3-pointers in Wednesday’s win against the Milwaukee Bucks. They entered the night averaging 13.5 per game.
“Our Big Three are doing a great job of making sure everyone else is getting shots, getting touches and they’re playing well,” Lue said. “We’re going to miss J.R., his effort on defense, his tough shot making. But that’s no excuse for us. Next man up, we’ve got to be ready to play and we’ve got to be ready to help J.R. out until he gets back and gets healthy.”
KEY OF THE GAME: Jeremy should continue to play 28+min to regain his shooting rhythm. As for the Nets, they would need to continue with their 100% effort as they did against GSW in the first half and minimize their turnovers.
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!