G30 Brooklyn Nets (7-22) vs Charlotte Hornets (17-13)
The Nets could not overcome the 2nd night of a back-to-back game against the defending champ, Cleveland Cavaliers and lost badly 99-119 after trailing as many as 46 points in the game.
The Nets need to forget about the bad game and seeks deep to play well at home as they did in the first half against the GS Warriors. But most importantly, the Nets need to solve the turnover issues with 17.3/game that was the 2nd worst in the league. Will they need to reduce their motion offense to run more pick-and-roll to rely on the strength of Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin?
It has been almost 30 games but the motion offense has not been clicking well as the coaches envisioned. Multiple injuries, inconsistent rotation, young players, unnatural playmakers for players not named Lopez and Lin should make coaches reflect what changes they need to do soon to their system. Will they narrow down to 9-10 player rotation so players can develop more rhythm playing with one another? Will they run more pick-and-roll? Or will they give it more time in the next 10 games if there is more progress with defense and cutting down on turnovers?
It will be interesting to see what changes will be made to get the Nets to improve their plays as they are tied with 76ers to have the worst record in the NBA.
NBA.com Game Preview article:
Brook Lopez scored 16 points while Lin added 10. They also combined for eight of Brooklyn’s 19 turnovers, giving the Nets 61 in their last three games.
“They came out and jumped on us immediately,” Lopez said. “We seemed a bit timid and tentative, and they’re a team that definitely feeds off that.”
Brooklyn still leads the league in possessions per game but does not capitalize as evidenced by an offensive rating of 103.2 that places them 25th. Part of the low rating is an average of 17.3 turnovers per game, putting them next-to-last.
“A lot of it has just been on us and how careless we’ve been with the ball,” Lopez said after the Nets committed at least 15 turnovers for the 25th time
KEY OF THE GAME: Jeremy should get 32+ min and is due to gain his rhythm back soon. Will a game against his most recent team help him to inspire the Nets to get going with a Win? The Nets need to cut down on turnovers and tighten their defense not allowing wide-open shots.
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!