G8 Surging Brooklyn Nets (3-4) Face the Struggling NY Knicks (2-4)
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One day after Brooklyn Nets (3-4) beat the Timberwolves, they start their 5-game road trip against their city rival, NY Knicks (2-4) who has been struggling with their defense:
The Knicks have allowed at least 30 points or more in 10 of the 24 quarters this season, including a season-high 36 in the fourth quarter of a 114-109 loss at home to Utah on Sunday. New York was leading at the half 54-49. Teams are shooting 46.4 percent against the Knicks, ranking them 27th. Their 3-point defense is ranked 28th and their defensive rebounding percentage is the lowest among the 32 teams. The Nets are coming off a 119-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. They are allowing 107 points per game, placing them 21st in the league. Their defensive rating is 19th in the league.
- Nets motion offense has been improving quickly as they improved their shooting in the past 2 games from 40.2% vs Hornets to 55.3% vs the Wolves. The 3pt shooting also improved from 25% (9-36) to 36.4% (12-33).
- Jeremy Lin continued to make his imprint in the game even when he’s recuperating from hamstring injury and helped as an assistant coach on the sideline. Isaiah Whitehead gave him full credit to help him develop when he was low in confidence:
Whitehead on Lin: I wouldn't be here without him. When I'm down on myself he picks me back up.."
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) November 9, 2016
KEY OF THE GAME: The Nets would need to maintain their effective shooting %, especially the 3PT% on a difficult road game where buckets won’t fall in as easily as in the comfort of home arena. Their defense anchored by the Trevor Booker would need to make things difficult for the Knicks as they did in the Wolves game (won the rebounding game 43-41 and held the Wolves to 42.4% shooting)
Note: Grievis Vasquez was waived by the Nets due to his impending ankle injury that will take him out for the season. Yogi Ferrel was signed from the Long Island Nets D-League team to help with the thin Point Guard position. Isaiah Whitehead is also out for the game due to the concussion after being stepped on in the Wolves game.
Let’s hope and pray the Nets will continue their formula of success, play gritty basketball together as a team, and finish the game healthy!
Let’s go, JLin and the Nets!