G76 Brooklyn Nets Looks to Bounce Back against Orlando Magic After 2 Tough Losses

Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 12.05.59 PMAfter 2 tough losses by single digits, the Brooklyn Nets would like nothing but to redeem themselves with a home-court win against the struggling Orlando Magic. The Magic has lost four of its last games but they need to rediscover their defense and focus for the whole game. The Nets have shot poorly (39.2% FG) as a team in both losses while they shot better in their last 2 wins (44.75% FG) against the Hawks and the Suns.
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Jeremy Lin and the Nets would need to overcome the mental or physical fatigue along with the shooting struggle in order to get back on their recent winning ways. Jeremy has also struggled with his 3pt shooting (18% 3FG or 4-21 shooting) after he suffered his ankle injury on March 19 although he still managed a respectable 40%FG (25/63) as overall shooting average. His season average are 44%FG and 34.1% 3FG.

The ankle injury looks to be severely impacting Lin’s 3pt shooting. Before the 3/19 injury, he shot 41% (21/51) in the month of March but only 18% (4-21) afterwards.

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Orlando (27-49) has lost four of its last five games since consecutive wins over the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers March 17-20.

The latest bout of disappointment occurred after Gordon came within a point of his career high and scored 32 points. It also occurred after Payton nearly recorded a triple-double with 12 points, a career-high 15 assists and nine rebounds.

“It’s very frustrating, man,” Magic guard Evan Fournier said. “It feels like two games in a row we lose a game that we should have won. It’s tough. It’s really, really annoying, especially playing against two good teams like that.”

Brooklyn owns the league’s worst record, but in recent weeks, it is showing some signs of progress.

When the Nets began March, they owned a 16-game losing streak and one win in 27 games from Dec. 28 to Feb. 25. The streak ended with a nine-point win at Sacramento March 1 and the Nets won seven of 17 games in March.

While 10 losses in 17 games is not much to get excited about for many teams, it’s a better situation than a year ago. Brooklyn’s last win of last season occurred March 26 and it dropped the final 10.

“It’s more of a positive vibe going into the summer, a positive momentum,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “In the NBA, you need players to see that they are having a little success. If we had continued to swoon, it would have been tougher.”

Those were Atkinson’s words before a 90-89 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. It was decided when the Nets left Ish Smith open for a 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds remaining and Brook Lopez missed a 3-point attempt on Brooklyn’s next possession.

“They made some big shots and we didn’t,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Our execution was average at best. Tough loss, but credit to them.”

It was Brooklyn’s sixth loss decided by single digits in March. It occurred two nights after the Nets went scoreless in the final 2 1/2 minutes of a five-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets need to rediscover their defense to start the game and not give momentum to teams like they did agains the 76ers and the Pistons. A home game might be what they need to find their focus to win again. Let’s hope Lin can regain his sharp 3pt-shooting in this game.

Let’s hope and pray JLin will stay healthy and continue to lead the Nets to win more games!

Let’s go, JLin and the Nets! 

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