Brooklyn Nets

Week 9 Can Turn the Season Around

Dec 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) moves toward the net as Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) defends during the fourth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers won the game 108-107. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets will be looking to turn their season around this week with the return of Jeremy Lin. Having him back on the court, in honor of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” coming out this week, will be “A New Hope” for this Nets season. All of the pieces are there. Now it’s time to put them to work.

I’ve said this in the past, but I mean it now more than ever: this will be the hardest week the Nets have played this season and probably all season. With how the Nets have looked with Lin back on the court, you can’t count them out of any competition, but the odds are not in their favor. Before we get into next week though, let’s take a look at how they fended last week.

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Last week, the Nets weren’t able to grab as many wins as they would have liked, despite literally being in every game until the final seconds. The Houston Rockets were their first stop and loss of the week. It was a game that I thought would be a blowout opposing the Nets, but I was proven wrong in Lin’s first game back. They brought it down to the wire, but after taking a very late lead, fell back down and lost the game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers were next, and the Nets did find a win there. The Lakers have been struggling this month and the Nets took advantage of that without Lin. Their next two games against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers went pretty similarly though. They dropped both of those games in the moments when it mattered most at the end of the game. Ironically, having Lin back on the court has helped them compete more, but the only game that they won, he didn’t play.

Next week won’t be nearly this easy though. At all. And I mean at all. They start their week in Toronto against the Raptors, come back home to play the Golden State Warriors, then go to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers.

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