G38 Brooklyn Nets (8-29) Hopes for New Orleans Pelicans (15-24) Minus ADavis
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The Nets looked listless in the 20pt-loss vs the Hawks. Perhaps they are demoralized playing a team with similar motion offense system but much better execution that Kenny Atkinson helped to coach last season.
Rebounding is certainly the #1 issue in Nets losses; they are 3-22 when getting outrebounded. The loss of Trevor Booker in the Hawks game contributed to the rebounding disadvantage (11 at 1st half and 5 overall in the game; 33-22 in the first half and 53-48 overall).
The Quincy Acy debut was very refreshing. In only 1.5 min, he contributed 4pts (1-1 3FG, 1-3 FTs).
He came in, defended hard, set a great screen for SKil’s layup, drained a clutch 3, didn’t force things, was able to get fouled to get free throws. His FTs could be better but his 3pt stroke looked very good. The Nets need more players like him: hard-nosed rebounders who set good screens and can hit 3s.
Coach Atkinson might give him more playing time to see what he can do in his 10-day contracts, especially if the Nets are getting outrebounded again.
Jeremy Lin was seen on the practice court before the Hawks game so it is some good news but we need to wait until he is cleared for team practice with contact before he will be cleared to play in games.
In his 1/10 CCTV Interview, Lin said he hopes to return in 1-2 weeks but he can’t be sure. That would fall within Jan 17-24 timeframe. Get well soon, Jeremy ?
ESPN.com Game Preview article:
Davis is listed as questionable with a left hip injury he sustained from a flagrant two foul from New York forward Kyle O’Quinn in the closing minutes of the third quarter of a 110-96 win. Davis hit two free throws after getting fouled and exited the game with 40 points and 18 rebounds.
“Sore, sore,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of Davis’ condition after the star did not do much in practice Wednesday. “We weren’t going to have him do a whole lot today. He’ll get treatment all day today and then tomorrow morning we’ll see how he feels.”
If he plays, Davis will be looking for his first 30-point game against the Nets. In six games against Brooklyn, Davis is averaging 18 points with three double-doubles and has yet to score more than 24 points against the Nets.
He will also be looking to help the Pelicans continue playing somewhat improved defense. Monday was the 15th time, New Orleans allowed less than 100 and it is 9-6 when doing so.
The Nets (8-29) are on their second seven-game losing streak of the season and their fourth since the start of last season. Brooklyn is 4-25 in its last 29 games and 1-12 in its last three since a 10-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 14.
Trevor Booker did not play due to a left hip contusion but is expected to play Thursday. Booker is Brooklyn’s top rebounder at nine per game and a rebounding percentage of 17.3.
Without him, the Nets were outrebounded 33-22 in the first half and 53-48 overall Tuesday. Even when Booker is on the court, rebounding is among the many issues plaguing the Nets, who are 3-22 when getting outrebounded.
KEY OF THE GAME: Anthony Davis misses the game to rest his hip injury, it might give more chance for the Nets to keep the game close. But only if the Nets focus on defense and rebounding that they have a chance to win.
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!