G69 Nets Seek a Rematch against Mavericks at Home
The Nets lost a tough-game 95-98 to Boston Celtics who missed Isaiah Thomas for injuries. The Nets had a chance to win the second game of back-to-back game but they had to fight an uphill battle when Lin checked in late with only 2:41 left in the 4th quarter with the Nets trailing 6 points, 85-91. Coach Kenny Atkinson tried to put Lin in at 6min mark in the 4th quarter when the Nets was trailing 77-80 but Lin had to wait 3 long minutes because there was no dead ball situation and Kenny did not want to burn a timeout too early.
In hindsight, perhaps he should have called a timeout or inserted Lin with LeVert at 6:42 mark but he showed good intention to rely on Lin nonetheless. He might have made a mistake in game management but it didn’t erase the fact KA has trusted Lin to run the offense in fourth quarters for the previous 4 games resulting in two wins.
The Nets also missed Trevor Booker’s defensive presence which could have slowed down Jae Crowder who posted 24 points and 12 rebounds in place of Isaiah Thomas as the leading scorer.
Nets vs Mavs Matchup
The Nets seem to catch Dallas in good moment of their recent 3 losses out of 4 games (Suns, Raptors, 76ers) after they lost the game in Dallas on March 10. But they are also short-handed missing Trevor Booker, Sean Kilpatrick, and Joe Harris to injuries.
Dallas makes the short trip to New York after being dominated during a 116-74 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Mavericks faced the Nets and emerged with a 105-96 home win on March 10. That was the last game of a four-game winning streak and gave them six wins in eight games.
Dallas has dropped three of four since and two of those losses were ugly and lopsided.
The Nets remain the worst team in the league and have split four games since their last meeting with Dallas. Brooklyn is 4-8 since the All-Star break, when Jeremy Lin returned from a second strained left hamstring.
Three of Brooklyn’s last four losses were by single digits and the Nets are 8-26 in games decided by fewer than 10 points.
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets will need to find ways to replace Trevor Booker’s defensive pressure and rebounding if they want to win against the Celtics. Both units have worked well in moving the ball but they missed the defensive stops that Booker provided. Lin would need to play 30+ minutes to organize the Nets offense efficiently in the 4th quarters, a lot of Brook-Lin powered offense and provide his underrated tough defense highlighted by several impressive shot-blocking highlights against bigger players.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will continue getting stronger and lead the Nets to win more games!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!