G70 Detroit Pistons vs Brooklyn Nets: Lin Listed as Day-to-Day
The Nets listed Jeremy Lin’s status as day-to-day after he suffered sprained ankle in the loss against the Dallas Mavericks. They are being cautious with the injury and might use a few games to evaluate Spencer Dinwiddie/Archie Goodwin as PGs while waiting for Lin to recover. Archie Goodwin’s 10-day contract still has 5 more days left so he might get some playing minutes in the next three games against Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, and Washington Wizards.
The good news is reportedly training on March 21 to shoot although with little elevation as reported by Bryan Forseca. “Jeremy Lin is training with Kenny Atkinson at the far end. Taking jumpers with little to no elevation. #Nets”
Now Lin is taking regular jumpers. Rotating between mid range and three-point areas all around the arc. Free throws too. #Nets
— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) March 21, 2017
Nets vs Pistons Matchup
Brooklyn’s injury problems with point guard Jeremy Lin started in the first half of the last meeting with Detroit and it likely continues Tuesday. Lin strained his left hamstring for the first time during the first half against Detroit in the previous meeting and is day-to-day after spraining his right ankle in the first quarter of a 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Lin missed a combined 43 games with two left hamstring strains from Nov. 4-Dec. 10 and Dec. 28-Feb. 15. The Nets are 4-9 since he returned after the All-Star break and 7-18 in the 25 games he played.
Lin does not believe this is a major injury and said he expects to return by the end of the season.
“Just day-to-day, nothing serious,” Lin told reporters at practice Monday. “I’m encouraged. It was just an ankle tweak thing and not like a hamstring.”
An absence by Lin keeps the Nets from seeing if he can be effective on the court at the same time as Brook Lopez. The duo has been on the court together for 421 minutes, spanning 22 games, and Brooklyn shoots 48 percent in those minutes.
In Lin’s first absences, rookie Isaiah Whitehead saw significant time as the starting point guard but this time it will be Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie scored 18 points Sunday and is averaging seven points in 22 minutes during 46 games this season.
“He doesn’t turn it over much and as you can see, when they start pressuring him he has the athleticism to blow by guys,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Dinwiddie. “He made a couple of big plays getting to the rim. I think Brook is starting to trust him a little more, they’re starting to get a little chemistry, so that’s progress to me. It takes a while for the veterans to have confidence in a new guy.”
KEY OF THE GAME: Without Jeremy Lin, the same 4th quarter problems that has plagued the Nets when he was injured due to hamstring might return. Turnovers, questionable shot selection might return. The Nets will continue to use these games as development so wins might not be in the horizon.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will overcome the sprained ankle in 2-3 games and return to lead the Nets to win more games!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!