The Brooklyn Nets remain as the worst team in the league but the return of Jeremy Lin has undeniably brought a huge impact in their recent games. Despite struggling to find his rhythm, Lin knocked down a three-pointer that helped the Nets seal a 120-112 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night at Barclays center.
“It was massive,” Brook Lopez said about the three-pointer. “I can’t really say how big it was. We have unlimited confidence in him and we completely believe in him and he’s paramount to what we do, both offensively and defensively. We had that trust and faith in him.”
Jeremy Lin missed most of his first season with the Nets due to a hamstring injury. It has been three months since he last played at Barclays center and it’s quite easy to understand why he struggled in the first three-quarters against the Knicks. However, Lin continues to exert big effort to help his team win.
Kenny Atkinson praises Jeremy Lin for stepping up in crucial situation
Lin scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and played a major role in stopping Carmelo Anthony in the final minutes of the game. He also contributed five assists, four rebounds, and one steal. With more than five minutes remaining in the game, the Asian-American guard confidently hit a three-pointer which was praised by coach Kenny Atkinson.
“To have that kind of moxie to take that shot, that was big,” Atkinson said of Lin’s three, which put the Nets up 109-101. “To get a guy that’s been in the league and has done it before [handling the ball at the end of the game], it’s huge for us.”
Whenever he stepped on the court, Jeremy Lin always tried to prove that the Nets made the right decision of signing him last summer. He’s not only an incredible facilitator but also provides a veteran presence on a team of unproven players. If he stays healthy in the remaining games of the season, there is a higher chance that the Nets can remove the tag as the worst team in the league.
Brooklyn Nets turning into a hot three-point shooting team
Their recent victory against the Knicks snapped their 16-game losing streak at home. The Nets set a season-high for 3-pointers made with 19-of-38 from beyond the arc. Brook Lopez, who hit 6 of his 9 three-pointers, believed that the Nets good ball movement helped them get easy shots.
“I think we were shooting with a lot of confidence.” Brook Lopez said after the game.”Our team did a very great job of sharing the ball. It started with the penetration, attacking the basket and that opened a lot of things up for us.”
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