With Lin Sidelined, the Brooklyn Nets Almost Pulled a Win against the Hornets (95-99)
Without Jeremy Lin leading the charge, the Brooklyn Nets came out inspired and led 50-43 after half-time. But another 3rd quarter letdown when the Nets was outscored 20-30 made the Nets fight an uphill battle in the 4th quarter that they couldn’t overcome and lost 95-99.
- Isaiah Whitehead started his first NBA game as a rookie and performed better as he finished with only 3 TOs (5TOs each in his last 2 games) and showed his aggressiveness on offense with 8pts/3asts/2rebs. But he can’t be blamed for his inexperienced as Kemba finished with 30pts
- Rondae-Hollis Jefferson finally had a breakthrough to finish with 11pts/8rebs/4asts/3stls (4-5 shooting, a perfect 2-2 from 3s)
- Trevor Booker had another great performance with 12pts/13rebs; Kilpatrick contributed a lot with 19rebs/4rebs/4asts but Bog had an off-night shooting (4-17) to finish with 14pts
The Nets could have won this game had they not loose the lead in the 3rd quarter again which has become a pattern. Coach Atkinson would need to figure out how to keep the focus in the 3rd quarter by handling the other team’s half-time adjustment sooner than later.
But overall, this is a great performance by the Nets team without Jeremy Lin against a well-coached team like Charlotte Hornets with 3-1 record prior to this game. No doubt, the Nets would have won this game with Jeremy Lin playing.