G33 Brooklyn Nets (8-24) Opens 2017 vs Utah Jazz (21-13)
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After a blowout loss against the Wizards on the road, the Nets held a player-only meeting to rehash their disagreement on-court about the lack of defensive assignments.
Kilpatrick:”We didnt play together at all.It’ll keep being that way if u continue to keep arguing & bickering”
ESPN.com Game Preview article:
Gobert could have another big night on the boards as the Nets’ average 44 rebounds per game, which places them in the bottom third of the league. Brooklyn also gives up 48.1 rebounds per game, which places them in the bottom third.
Brooklyn is 3-19 when getting outrebounded. The latest instance occurred during a 118-95 rout at Washington Friday, when the Nets were outrebounded by a 44-32 margin.
Brooklyn lost for the 19th time in 23 games since Nov. 12. All but one of the wins are at home, where the Nets are 7-8.
In the last 23 games, the league’s worst scoring defense allowed 100 points in 22 games and over 110 20 times. During this skid, 13 of Brooklyn’s defeats came by double-digits, and Friday the frustration seemed to boil over on the court.
According to the New York Post, Sean Kilpatrick said the players were “bickering with each other and not playing together” during the blowout. On Saturday, coach Kenny Atkinson and Brook Lopez confirmed Kilpatrick’s comments and stated the Nets held a players-only meeting after Friday’s loss.
“It happens with every team throughout the year,” Lopez told reporters. “We talked about it after the game as a team. None of the coaches were there. It’s important we all have respect for each other, and at the same time, we have the ability to hold each other accountable and ourselves accountable. To do that, we have to be able to have a dialogue with one another.”
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets would need to win the rebounding battle and play tough defense together if they want any chance to win. No new Jeremy Lin update is given regarding his hamstring injury and he has not practiced but he can still provide leadership from the bench to his teammates will be united.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will recover soon and help the Nets get back on the winning track!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!