G58 Brooklyn Nets (9-48) vs GS Warriors (48-9)

JLinFloaterJeremy Lin returned from a 26-game absence due to a hamstring injury to contribute 7pts/5asts/2rebs in a limited 15 min to a 129-109 loss on Friday night at Denver. The seven-year veteran had scored in double figures in all 12 games in which he’d previously played this season. After the game, Lin stated he is slowly getting his rhythm back. “I got some valuable experience. It’s not pretty, but I’m slowly getting my rhythm back.”

It was good to see Jeremy did not force things as he said his body was not quite ready yet for NBA game pace after being out for eight weeks. The last thing Lin and the Nets want to see if Lin aggravates the hamstring injury for the third time this season. That would be devastating to the reputation of Lin as a player to carry the ‘injury-prone’ label and the Nets performance team not being able to treat his injury properly. Lin simply needs to play all the 25 remaining games to build up for next season.
This Nets (9-48) vs Warriors (48-9) game has the irony of the worst and best team in the NBA sharing the opposite record of wins and losses at this juncture of the season. A loss is almost a certainty but the focus continues to be assessing the Brook-Lin chemistry for the rest of the season.
His 29-game stint with Golden State, interrupted three times by assignments to the NBA Developmental League, ended when he was waived in December 2011, having averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists.

Lin was signed three days later by the Houston Rockets and cut loose again before “Linsanity” was born with his signing with the New York Knicks three days after Christmas in 2011.

The San Francisco Bay Area native has returned “home” eight times since then (Linsanity seas, with mixed results.

The point guard has had two 15-point games and a 14-point, 10-assist double-double as an opponent at Oracle Arena. But he also hasbeen held scoreless once and has lost on five of the eight occasions.

The chances of a sixth loss appear to be high Saturday night, with not only the Nets having to endure the second night of a back-to-back sequences, but also facing a Warriors team that has the best record in the NBA.

KEY OF THE GAME: The #1 priority for Lin continues to be staying healthy as he needs to acclimate his body to game pace and develop the Brook-Lin chemistry. It will not be surprising to see Lin playing another 15-20 minutes in the next few games to build up the strength in his body.

Let’s hope and pray JLin will stay healthy as his body adjusts to the rigor of NBA physical games and help the Nets get back on the winning track soon!

Let’s go, JLin and the Nets! 


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