G72 Brooklyn Nets vs WAS Wizards: A Challenge for 3-Game Winning Streak
Fresh off the first winning streak of the season, the quickly improving Nets will face a tougher challenge on the road against the Washington Wizards, the currently 3rd seed of the Eastern Conference. Will the Nets have fresh legs after beating the Suns the previous night? It helped that the Nets played 13 players against the Suns in the 28 point-rout and all starters played no more than 21 minutes other than Brook with 25 minutes.
Jeremy contributed 11 of his 13 points in the 2nd quarter. The bench overpowered the Suns with 20-0 run in the second quarter.
Prior to the game, Kenny had a lot of praise on Jeremy Lin as the “quarterback” of the team [NetsDaily]
With the win, the Nets improve to 6-7 in March after going 4-37 from December to February. Call it the Lin effect. We call it development, from both sides: the players AND coaches. And hey, power ranking pundits, take note: the Nets are 5-5 in their last 10.
Kenny Atkinson attributed a lot of the team’s success to his “quarterback.”
“More than his talent, more than his experience, I just think there is a confidence,” Atkinson told Fred Kerber. “I compare it to football when you have your starting quarterback out there and he commands the huddle.
“He commands the respect of everybody: the coaches, the players.”
The Nets won this game after a big second and third quarter bridge, one that saw them outscore Phoenix 62-33 in that span.
They started the game on a very bad note, but Isaiah Whitehead and the bench picked up a 20-0 advantage in the second quarter. Then, they handed it over to Jeremy Lin who scored 11 of his 13 points in the quarter. He also dished out five assists on the night.
Nets vs Wizards Matchup
It might help that the Wizards might not be playing their best form by dropping 4 of their last 6 games (Celtics, Hornets, Mavs,Timberwolves) although they just won their last homegame against the Hawks.The resurgence of the Nets bench has been refreshing to see because they will help win more games and give starters plenty of rest.
The Washington Wizards are gearing up for a brutal five-game road trip, not to mention the playoffs. Overlooking the cellar-dwelling Nets would be easy, though Brooklyn is the one entering Friday’s season-series finale with an actual winning streak.
After surviving what John Wall deemed a “nasty” first half filled with turnovers and other miscues, the Wizards rallied past the short-handed Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday for a 104-100 win. The victory came after Washington (43-28) dropped two in a row and four of five.
Bradley Beal scored 28 points, and Wall had all 22 of his points in the second half. Washington’s post-All-Star-break funk remained until a 19-6 fourth-quarter run moved the Wizards in front for good.
“I think that’s what we’ve been missing, missing our swag. Just our energy, our fun of the game,” Beal said. “Everything is just so tense. We just need to relax and have fun playing the game.”
Brooklyn’s bench helped turn a slow start Thursday against Phoenix into a 126-96 rout over the Suns. The Nets (15-56) have won two in a row for their first winning streak of the season.
Washington is 3-0 against Brooklyn this season, but needed overtime in the previous meeting for a 114-110 win on Feb. 8.
KEY OF THE GAME: If the Nets can cut down turnovers, continue to attack the rim, provide strong bench plays, and perhaps catch the Wizards looking ahead to the next game against the Cavs and losing focus, the Nets might be able to steal a win to extend the win streak to 3 games. The biggest obstacle of the Nets lack of energy is having the 2nd straight game in 2 nights.
Let’s hope and pray JLin will stay healthy and return to lead the Nets to win more games!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!