Brooklyn Nets: Week 7 Outlook, Hoping For the Future

Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) reacts in the third quarter during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets have been struggling up to this point in the season, but broke a seven-game losing streak. A lot of players stepped up last week, so the Nets are headed in the right direction, but there is still a lot they need to work on.

The Brooklyn Nets actually stepped up last week. Looking at their schedule last week, it’s kind of hard to believe they found a week now. It was a big win at that.

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This week, they only have one tough game. Meanwhile, the others should be up for grabs. Maybe the Nets can gain some momentum, but before we get into this week, let’s take a look at last week.

To start off the week, the LA Clippers came into Brooklyn in a game that seemed doomed before it even started. The Clippers are a playoff contending team that have dominated all teams this season. At 16-5, you better be doing that, or you’re getting lucky. Well, the Nets didn’t let that stop them.

The Nets were losing pretty much all game, but a big fourth quarter sent them into overtime, then double overtime, and then the Nets finished them off. The game probably should have ended in the fourth, but the Clippers made big plays at the right time. It goes to show that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

The Nets then went on to play two games against the Milwaukee Bucks in a home-and-home sequence. They lost both of them. The Bucks are like kryptonite for the Nets. Milwaukee has won all of their last seven games against Brooklyn. The Nets haven’t beaten them since 2014.

Both games were hard fought, but the Nets just fell short both times. They drop to 5-14 and have yet to move from 14th in the Eastern Conference.

Now let’s take a look at their games this week.

Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) greets center Brook Lopez (11) in the fourth quarter during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) greets center Brook Lopez (11) in the fourth quarter during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A Look at This Week’s Games

The Nets’ schedule lightens up this week with a couple of easier games to start off the week, but then Brooklyn goes on the road against a team who is constantly in the playoff mix. With a player like Caris LeVert now coming to make his Nets debut, maybe we’ll see some improvement on both sides of the ball. Here are my predictions for week seven of Nets basketball.

Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets

The Washington Wizards right now are a bottom-feeding team like the Nets, low in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 6-12, so their records match up pretty well. In terms of the numbers, the Nets score more than the Wizards do, but allow more points. It will be in the making of a good game, despite neither of the teams being in the playoff mix.

Prediction: The Nets take this one home in a close-fought battle.

Denver Nuggets @ Brooklyn Nets

The Denver Nuggets are another struggling team. They are at 7-13, so they are another team that hasn’t been much better than the Nets. Still, Denver scores more points than the Nets and allow less. Brooklyn allows the most points than any team in the NBA. The Western Conference in the last few years has been more competitive than the Eastern, so the Nuggets may be 11th in the standings, but all of these teams are potential playoff teams down to the 9th spot.

Prediction: The Nets lose this one despite their best efforts. Their defense doesn’t hold up.

Brooklyn Nets @ San Antonio Spurs

This is going to be one of their more difficult games this season. For one, they are playing the Spurs. The Spurs haven’t had a bad season since the 1996-97 season, which was the last time that they didn’t make the playoffs. They are a very well-coached team no matter who is on their roster, and playing them on the road will add the the difficulty of this matchup.

Prediction: There’s no good way to put this, but the Nets will get crushed in this game, and there’s no way to get around it.

Dec 23, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) goes to the basket in the first half against the Bryant University Bulldogs at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Who To Watch For

The Nets are going to need some players to step up in a big way if they are going to compete this week. They have the talent on their roster to do just that, so they will need to come together as a team to have a chance this week.

Player to Watch: Caris LeVert

They will probably ease him into playing in the NBA, but he will be the #1 player on my radar this week. He is a talented young player and has a lot of potential to be great. We just need to give him the opportunity to do so. I’m really excited to see him get on the court for the first time since February. He averaged just about 16 points in his final two seasons with Michigan, which was cut short to 33 games combined.

Player That Needs to Step Up: Sean Kilpatrick

I know that you’re just as surprised as I am that Brook Lopez isn’t on this list. Well, that is because almost everyone on this team has stepped up in a big way at some point this season. Sean Kilpatrick is a great example of that. He has averaged 22 points in his last six games and was a major key in the Nets’ victory over the Clippers. Just give him the ball and he could do the rest. This is great, because putting all of the pressure on Lopez wasn’t good. You can’t depend on one player like the Nets were on him, so I’m glad we’ve found other players who can produce.

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