The Brooklyn Nets had another rough week. Aside from the games the Nets played, it has been an eventful week. Caris LeVert has finally stepped on an NBA court, Donatas Motiejunas‘ contract was matched, and Jeremy Lin has returned to practice. Here is everything to get you up to speed on a busy week in Brooklyn.
1. Caris LeVert Cleared to Play; Makes Nets Debut on Wednesday
The biggest story this week for the Nets was the news of Caris LeVert being cleared to play earlier this week. Fans have waited for a little over a month to see LeVert play, but he is finally ready to go.
2. Rockets Match Nets’ Offer For Donatas Motiejunas
In some rather disappointing news, the Rockets matched Donatas Motiejunas’ offer sheet. Sean Marks will continue his search to find a way to improve this team’s roster.
3. Nets’ First Half Magic Diminishes Against Wizards
The Nets struggled once again in the third quarter against the Wizards. They were able to put up 30 or more points in each quarter besides the third, where they only scored 15 points.
4. Sean Marks Suspects Jeremy Lin’s Return is ‘Pretty Soon’
Marks was not lying about Lin returning soon. Lin has returned to practice and hopefully, he will be back on the court soon.
5. Brooklyn Nets Escape by Skin of Their Teeth vs. Nuggets
The Nets led by a comfortable margin for most of the game against the Nuggets. In the fourth quarter, they almost coughed it up. In the end, the Nets would walk out victorious.
6. Brooklyn Nets Waive Yogi Ferrell, Roster Down to 14
Yogi Ferrell was taken off the Nets’ roster Thursday after the return of Caris LeVert. The Nets were also looking to make another signing at the guard position. This, in essence, would overcrowd the backcourt. To solve this problem, the Nets cut Ferrell.
7. Nets Sign Spencer Dinwiddie to Partially Guaranteed Deal
The player the Nets wanted to sign was Spencer Dinwiddie. Only hours after Ferrell was waived, Dinwiddie was signed to a partially guaranteed deal. This gives the Nets another pure point guard on their roster aside from Lin.
8. Jeremy Lin Returns to Practice
Jeremy Lin is back in practice. Lin has been out way longer than expected. Although there is no timetable for his return, he is one step closer to getting back out on the floor.
9. Yogi Ferrell Returns to Long Island Nets
Two days after Ferrell was waived by the Nets, he rejoined the team’s D-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. This was expected, as the Nets have been utilizing the D-League. Anthony Bennett and Chris McCullough have both already played extended time with the Long Island Nets, and so has Ferrell.
10. Nets Steamrolled By Explosive Spurs
The Spurs were too much for the Brooklyn Nets. In a 130-101 loss, the Nets have allowed 110 or more points in 13 straight games.
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Nets Record this Week: 1-2
Nets 113 – Wizards 118
Nets 116 – Nuggets 111
Nets 101 – Spurs 130
The Nets still clearly need a lot of help in terms of defense. The team is continuing to allow opponents to score well above 110 points. In fact, the Nets are last in the league in opponents’ points per game with 115 points per game. I addressed this last week as well, but it continues to be a problem for the team. The Nets are also very streaky with their scoring, so relying on outscoring their opponents will only be successful on a handful of nights. Hopefully, Sean Marks can find a trade that will improve the Nets’ defensive situation.