The Brooklyn Nets are now on a five-game losing streak and still playing without their leader Jeremy Lin. The Asian-American guard suffered a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for nine games. Will Linsanity return on Friday when the Nets face the Indiana Pacers?
The Nets initially put Jeremy Lin on a two-week recovery timetable after he strained his hamstring on Nov. 2. However, more than two weeks have passed but he still unable to join the Nets in their previous games. Fortunately, reports claimed that the 28-year-old point guard is progressing positively in his recovery.
Lin’s absence had a huge effect with the Nets as they lost one of their leaders on and off the court. Brook Lopez is currently the sole leader in Brooklyn, maintaining a consistent level of play on both ends. However, the Nets were still struggling and are currently in the 14th spot in the East.
In their previous games, Isaiah Whitehead served as their starting point guard. Randy Foye and rookie Yogi Ferrell grabbed the backup role. However, none of them could fill up the void Jeremy Lin left since he was sidelined due to injury. The Asian-American guard brings a different dynamic to the court.
Jeremy Lin elevates the level of play of those around him and feeds the ball in good spots for easy shots. The Nets are still in a rebuilding process with most of their players undergoing certain adjustments. With this, they need leaders who can convey a positive attitude and boost their confidence in tight situations.
Lin was already able to put a hard workout but his specific date on the court is not yet confirmed. However, there is a growing optimism in Brooklyn that Lin will be back when they face the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
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